He says, “If you are looking for a faith home, I’d love to visit with you any Sunday or in my office. God is truly full of grace, mercy and love for every part of the created order who laughs and cries, mourns and hopes, engages and challenges us to live in our world as the body of Christ.”
Faithful living for Jason includes meaningful worship, fellowship, deepened knowledge through study, discerning God’s desire for life and action, and working for justice for all of creation. Yet he even understands the simplest of things to be events where God is present in our lives, like a good cup of coffee or excellent meal shared with friends, a walk around the block on a nice afternoon with his Golden Retriever named Penny, shuffling through a neat museum, out in the garden, watching live news coverage of “big” events or flipping the pages of the New Yorker, Our State, or The Christian Century magazines.
While educational development is of critical importance to his understanding of a faithful life, he also attempts to share with others the grace and love that has been shared with him by God, the church, his family, friends, co-workers and strangers. Some biblical scholars suggest that the distillation of the Gospel’s message has been captured in I John, chapter four, that “God is love” and we are encouraged to share the love we have received with others.
The Reverend Dr. Jason Harvey was appointed as pastor of College Place Church in July 2011. He grew up near Winston-Salem (in Germanton), so living in Greensboro has a feeling of being home again. His B.S. degree was awarded in 1998 by Appalachian State University in History, Secondary Education. During his time at Appalachian, he was both participant and leader in the Wesley Foundation campus ministry. Although, a life-long United Methodist, his Master of Divinity degree was awarded by Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia (now known as Union Presbyterian Seminary) in 2001. His time in Richmond included three years of connection with Boulevard United Methodist Church in the Fan District.
He was commissioned Elder in 2001 and first appointed as associate pastor of First UMC in Morganton. In 2004, he was appointed to Broad Street UMC in Statesville as the associate pastor. In 2005, he was ordained Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference. While in Statesville, from 2007 until May 2011, he was a part-time instructor at Mitchell Community College in Statesville teaching three introductory courses: “Old Testament” and “New Testament” and “World Religions”. He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree track “Preaching in the 21st Century” from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in May 2013. His project title was “Literature and Culture in Conversation for the Proclamation of the Holy Gospel” which focused on the use of literature as a springboard for preaching the Gospel’s message.
His time-to-time musings, past sermons and other things can be found on his blog at www.vastcanopy.wordpress.com.