TWC announces fall religion lecturer

Posted on: October 1, 2012

The Rev. Dr. James Harnish will be Tennessee Wesleyan College's fall religion lecturer.

The Rev. Dr. James Harnish will be Tennessee Wesleyan College’s fall religion lecturer. TWC’s religion lectures are free and open to the public. This year’s series will be offered Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, October 25 at 11 a.m. Harnish will speak on “Wild Women of the Bible,” with both presentations taking place in Trinity United Methodist Church, adjacent to the TWC campus.

Harnish earned his bachelor of arts degree at Asbury College in 1969 before continuing on to receive a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1972. He has also received honorary doctoral degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary-Orlando (2003) and Bethune-Cookman University (2007).  A Pennsylvania native, Harnish “married into” Florida when he married Marsha, who is a native of St. Petersburg. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. Harnish has served at Trinity Church, DeLand, Howe Memorial, Crescent City, St. Luke’s, Orlando, (as mission developer and founding pastor) and, presently, Hyde Park Church, Tampa. He is the author of eighteen books, contributor to or editor of seven others, and is in demand across the church as a speaker. Among his titles are: You Only Have to Die: Leading Your Congregation to New Life (Abingdon) 2003; Strength for the Broken Places (Abingdon) 2009; Simple Rules for Money (Abingdon) 2010; and A Disciples Path (Abingdon) 2012.

Rev. Harnish has been elected as a delegate to each Jurisdictional and General Conference since 1980 and has represented Florida at the World Methodist Conferences in Nairobi, Kenya, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Brighton, England.