First Cumberland's Minister
Greetings from the
First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Ky!
“A place to call home.”
Rev. Rodney Harris accepted the call to become the pastor of the Louisville First Church in December, 2003. He has served in various pastorates since his ordination in 1985. He is a 1981 graduate of Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion & Psychology. He attended Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating in May, 1985 with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry shortly thereafter. He and his wife, Patricia, were married in February, 1991 in Leitchfield, Kentucky. Rodney is originally from Norris City, Illinois while Pat is from Salem, Kentucky.
Pat Harris is very active in the church serving as an officer of the CPWM (Cumberland Presbyterian Women Ministries) and attending one of the CPWM circles, director of our Wednesday night children’s programs (KFC - Kids For Christ), a member of our Board of Christian Education, and our pre-school age Sunday School class teacher. She operates a 3-star home daycare called “Pat’s Play School” while having over 15 years of teaching experience in early childhood development education.
The Harris family moved to Louisville after serving the Bethany, Illinois Cumberland Presbyterian Church from 1997-2003. Pastor Harris has also served as pastor of churches in Moscow, Tennessee; Marion, Kentucky; Leitchfield, Kentucky; and Ft. Worth, Texas.
Brother Rodney also has a certificate of completion for electricity from Paducah Area Vocational School (1972-74) of Paducah, Kentucky. Prior to becoming an ordained minister, he was a journeyman welder with Boilermakers Local 363, Bellville, Illinois.
The Harris’s have three children: a son (Erik) who lives in Phoenix, Arizona; a daughter (Kristie) and 2 grandsons Isaac and David who live in Sullivan, Illinois; and Caleb (age 21) at home.
Rodney’s father, Rev. Wayne Harris, was also a Cumberland Presbyterian minister serving almost 40 years with pastorates in Illinois and Indiana.
Remember to Call Your Minister:
1. WHEN YOU ARE FACING A SERIOUS PROBLEM
Most Ministers have been trained to help people with
their personal, family and other problems. The important
judgment of a spiritual leader, together with his prayers for
Divine guidance, will enable you to face your problems with
confidence. Don't allow your problem to get too big for you.
2. WHEN SOMEONE IS
INTERESTED IN THE CHURCH
You constantly meet young people and adults who are
in your community, and others who have not united with
the local church. Put in a good word for your church and
tell your Pastor about the prospective members.
3. WHEN THERE IS AN ILLNESS
Your Minister is as near as your telephone. His presence,
counsel and prayer will be helpful. Your Pastor will appreciate
your phone call when you, your loved one or friend is sick or
going to the hospital.
4. WHEN THERE IS DEATH
Your Minister should be notified when there is a death in the
family. He can comfort and counsel you or your family at this
5. WHEN YOU MUST MAKE AN IMPORTANT DECISION
If you are a young person and face a decision about going to
college, arranging your course of study, or choosing your life work,
make an appointment to see your Minister. The viewpoint of your
spiritual advisor should be considered.
6. WHEN THERE IS A WEDDING
Your Pastor should be consulted before the Wedding day is set.
Since you undoubtedly drive to have one or more conferences
with your Minister, it is advisable to contact him well in advance
of the Wedding.
7. WHEN SOMEONE DESIRES TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN
Happy, indeed, is the Pastor who is asked to talk with someone
desiring to become a Christian. Tell your Minister about friends of
yours who are interested in knowing more about the Christian
Your Pastor is as close as the phone: (502)368-4709
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