The Rev. Dr. James A. (Jim)  Harnish retired recently after 43 years of pastoral ministry in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  After serving churches in DeLand and Crescent City, he became the founding pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando which he led for 13 years followed by 22 years as the Senior Pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa.  He served in leadership across the denomination including membership on the General Board of Discipleship, as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences and as a delegate to the World Methodist Conferences in England, Brazil, Kenya and South Africa. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors at Duke Divinity School and on the Board for Africa Upper Room Ministries.   

Widely recognized as preacher and writer, Jim is a facilitator for the Institute of Preaching at Duke Divinity School and the author of more than 15 books including “A Disciple’s Path” and “Strength for the Broken Places.”  He was a Consulting Editor for “The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible” and a contributor to "The Wesley Study Bible."  He is a graduate of Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary with honorary degrees from Asbury Seminary and Bethune-Cookman University.  He blogs at www.jimharnish.orgHe and his wife, Martha, have two daughters and five grandchildren in Florida and South Carolina.