|Toni Ruth Smith||Wes Smith||Richard Smith||Shirley Luce||Gwynn Morris|
Pastor Toni Ruth Smith
What do you do at Harrisburg UMC? I preach the Gospel, plan and lead worship, offer pastoral care and counseling, guide the administration of the church and strive to keep us focused on our vision to cultivate relationship with Jesus through worshipping God, growing disciples and loving our neighbors.
When did you begin to serve at Harrisburg? Wes and I were appointed as co-Pastors of Harrisburg UMC in 2011. It has been an answer to our prayers to serve together and a blessing to be part of the community of Harrisburg.
Who inspires you? My mom, church people who step up in amazing ways and sacrifice so much to serve Christ, Brene Brown whose work on vulnerability is teaching me to live my best life, and my cousin Cindy who faces challenge with courage and laughter that moves me.
What makes you laugh? Anything Jimmy Fallon has ever done, our children being silly, Wes’s laughter, and friends who helps me laugh a life’s absurd moments.
Favorite Bible verse or passage? Isaiah 43: 1-5 is a touchstone of my life that I come back to again and again.
What is one of your favorite things about Jesus? I love how Jesus sees us as we really are and still chooses to love us. It is amazing to be so fully known and loved by the God who has given his life for us to be free and to know hope for the life to come.
Pastor Wes Smith
What do you do at Harrisburg UMC? My main responsibilities include preaching and teaching, offering pastoral care, leading the praise team at our 9:00 Sunday service, and offering leadership in several areas within the church. My primary passions are playing music and teaching Scripture and theology – I am very blessed to have the opportunity to do both here at Harrisburg!
When did you begin to serve at Harrisburg? My wife and I were appointed as co-pastors here in July 2011.
Who inspires you? The obvious answer is my family – my wife and children as well as my parents and my sister. There are many others throughout my life who have taught, guided, mentored, and loved me and I continue to be inspired by their wisdom and examples. I’m also inspired by many people: John and Charles Wesley, Thomas Merton, Karl Barth, Flannery O'Connor, Wendell Berry, Dean Smith, Johnny Cash...this could be a really long list…
Favorite Bible verse or passage? Since I can’t really say “all of Paul’s letters”, this question really isn’t fair, but I’ll go ahead and narrow it down to four:
What is one of your favorite things about Jesus? As you learn about the culture of 1st century Palestine, you begin to see that Jesus had a subtly sarcastic sense of humor. This ‘humanizes’ Jesus for me and I often envision Jesus smiling and laughing with (and maybe at?) his disciples, especially Peter. I also love the fact that Jesus has never stopped loving me and never will.
Director of Student Ministries Richard Smith
What do you do at Harrisburg UMC? I hang out with the teens and children, helping them to discover the love and grace God has for each of them, as well as helping them to see the love and grace in everyone else.
When did you begin to serve at Harrisburg? I began my adventure here October 1, 2015.
Who inspires you? I am inspired by those who risk loving instead of hating or criticizing, those who are willing to do anything for God, and for those who bring justice and fight for the oppressed in the world.
What makes you laugh? Teenagers
Favorite Bible verse or passage? Romans 1:20 - We have no excuse to not see God in this incredible world of ours.
What is one of your favorite things about Jesus? I love how He loves me. I also love how he instigates so much "righteous trouble" with those who think they have all the answers.
Office Manager Shirley Luce
What Do You Do at HUMC? Over the years, the title has changed, as the church's needs changed... currently I am the Office Manager. Basically this means, I take care of weekly office business, coordinating the church calendar, schedule space, produce the weekly church bulletin and newsletter. And most importantly, when you come to HUMC, my main purpose is welcome and assist you.
When Did You Begin to Serve at HUMC? I started working on staff in the 90’s.
Who Inspires You? You inspire me. Let’s have coffee and I’d be glad to share with you why you are an inspiration to me.
What Makes You Laugh? Many things make me laugh. I’m thankful for laughter, it a gift that brightens the soul.
Favorite Bible Verse or Passage? I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20
What is One of Your Favorite Things About Jesus? Jesus Loves Me!
Organist and Chancel Choir Director Gwynn Morris
What Do You Do at HUMC? I am the Organist and Chancel Choir Director.
When Did You Begin to Serve at HUMC? I joined HUMC in September 1967, joined the choir and was the substitute pianist. I began serving as choir director and pianist in August of 1970.
Who Inspires You? People who have difficulties in life, but deal with those problems by determination and their faith in God.
What Makes You Laugh? Children
Favorite Bible Verse or Passage? Psalm 121 and John 14:1-4
What is One of Your Favorite Things About Jesus? That Jesus loves everyone regardless of what you have done or have not done.