On August 1, 2010 Glendale Presbyterian Church welcomed our new pastor, Chris Harrison. After several years of searching our Pastor Nominating Committee selected Chris. Here is a little more information about Chris and his family.
Chris Harrison was born in Houston, Texas on August 10, 1971. As a young man he played football and loved music and drama. After college, he came out to California to chase his acting dream. While in California he met a neighbor that challenged his views on Jesus. Through the ministry of Hollywood Presbyterian Church, Chris came to faith in Jesus Christ.
This picture was taken on Sunday, May 16th, the day that our congregation overwhelmingly voted to call Chris Harrison as our Pastor. The picture includes the Harrison family, Chris, Rebecca, Caeden and Dylan. Rebecca's dad is on the right side of the picture.
First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood hired Chris as their Junior High Director in 1998. Following that ministry he spent five years as Director of Youth and Contemporary Worship with Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Carefree, Arizona. After that, Copper Hills Community Church in Glendale, Arizona, called him to be Pastor of Worship where he served for one year. Chris has served Church of the Master Presbyterian Church in Mesa, Arizona since 2007 as Youth Director and Director of Contemporary Worship.
Chris brings fifteen years of hands-on experience in the PCUSA. While the majority of his time in ministry has been spent serving young people and leading worship, he has acquired a diverse pastoral skill set. He has ministered to families in many stages of life; celebrating beginnings, presiding over funerals and counseling through life's many challenges and sorrows.
Chris believes that his leadership begins as he lives out his faith with his family. He is married to Rebecca. They have three children: daughter Dylan, son Caeden, and their recently adopted son, Desmond, from Ethiopia. The rest of his family is made up of two dogs and a goldfish!
We are excited about the ministry Chris and his family have begun with us. We look forward to the next years of growing together and being led by God under the leadership of Pastor Chris.
You can visit his blog here: www.prophetsandpopstars.com