Pastor Harmon is not a native to Tennessee. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up in the suburbs south of Chicago and in the Akron area of Ohio. He graduated with a degree in Psychology from Kent State University. He attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri graduating in 1987. He was ordained on July 12, 1987 at Faith Lutheran in Humboldt, Nebraska and celebrated the 20th anniversary of his ordination this summer. He met Patty while attending Kent State (at a non-denominational Bible study and at Lutheran Campus Ministries). They gave themselves in marriage on September 6, 1980. They have six children (four in college and two still at home). They recently welcomed into their home an energetic puppy – Toby by name – so they really have three children still at home. Pastor Harmon’s hobbies include trying to stay in shape by riding his bike to work and playing softball, tennis, and basketball (mostly in the driveway with the kids). He helps coach baseball at Providence Academy and in the Johnson City Babe Ruth League. He is also a long time Cubs fan – a result of listening to Jack Brickhouse do the play by play and watching Ernie Banks on WGN (when it was just a local independent TV station).
Administrative Assistant to the Pastor
Susan is a native of Johnson City and a lifelong member of Bethlehem. Her grandfather, C. B. Propst was a founding father of Bethlehem. She is a 1969 graduate of East Tennessee State University holding a B.S. in Accounting. She retired as Assistant Registrar at ETSU in June 06 with 33 years of service. She has served as church secretary for Bethlehem since 1974 and assumed the full-time position of Office Manager in July 2006. She currently serves as Administrative Assistant to the Pastor. She also sings in the choir, plays Hand Bells, is active in the Children’s Ministry, is a member of the Working Women’s Bible Study group and Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study group. She is active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and currently serves as Recording Secretary for the East TN Zone LWML and is a member of the Christian Life Committee for the Mid-South District LWML. She also serves as President of the Appalachian Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. She surrently serves as president of the Johnson City Monday Club Auxiliary, is advisor to GFWC of TN District 1 and serves as Credential Chairman for GFWC of TN., serves on the Friends of the Library Board as secretary, is a member of the ETSU Retirees’ Association and is a “baby” blood donor with the American Red Cross. She was married to her late husband Mike for 36 years and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, music and Savannah, GA!