Jerry Harris: Local Church & Community Involvement – part 1

At the Sunday afternoon service of Community Sunday we recognized two godly servants within our church. We emphasized their local church & community involvement. We wanted to include the full write-ups that we were given as a way of highlighting the servant-leadership that is to be a hallmark of every believer.

Jerry Harris

Jerry was a star track and football athlete at Pennridge High School in the early 60’s. He was offered an appointment to Annapolis to play football for Navy and was also recruited by Penn State. He turned both down in order to go to Philadelphia College of the Bible, where he could play football and study the Bible.

After completing graduate school he began teaching in the Central Bucks School district where God placed him once again into the arena of athletics and specifically, football. He taught, government, social studies and history in the school district from 1968-1998. He coached football during this time as well. For C.B. West and Tammanend Junior High School. After retiring from C.B. West he worked as an assisant coach at Pennridge for 4 years. He has 30 years of football coaching experience.

Jerry began teaching Sunday School at the age of 18, which puts his Sunday School teaching career at 49 years. In 1969 he began working with the Youth at Bethel Baptist and has been working with them ever since. In addition to working with the teenagers of Bethel, Jerry has served as a deacon for the past 20 years. He is currently involved in working with the Bucks County Farm Bureau too.

But the real reason to recognize him cannot be measured by statistics. His overwhelming burden has been to train young men into leaders. His farm was the training ground. Rarely did a week go by that he didn’t have someone at the farm teaching him responsibility. He is always teaching someone.

He also was extremely focused on us as his three sons. He quit coaching football when they started playing sports so he could devote more time to encouraging them. One of his sons remarked, “I can’t remember a game or activity that I was involved in that he wasn’t at. He took us wherever he went.” Today his oldest son is a Sunday School teacher. His second son, is an assistant pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Centre Hall, and his youngest son is currently working on the farm in Perkasie.

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