Harry grew up in Minden, attended church at Minden United and was known as Harold until he hit the University of Toronto, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1978.
His name wasn’t the only thing that changed at university. Harry began his first year studying science and math, but God had other plans. As he became friends with some young Christian guys, Harry felt his faith in Jesus come alive. He graduated with his B.A. in 1978 and went on to take his M.Div., finishing in 1984 and becoming ordained the same year. But don’t call him Reverend – it’s just Harry.
He served in Flinton-Cloyne-Harlowe in eastern Ontario and Mid-Laurentian in Rawdon, Quebec before becoming minister for the three-point Haliburton Pastoral Charge (Haliburton, Lochlin and Ingoldsby churches) in 1992.
Harry married Peggy Roberts of Haliburton in 1979. They have four boys and twin girls. All four sons and one daughter are married. So far he and Peggy are grandparents to a boy and a girl.
An avid musician, Harry leads contemporary music services on the last Sunday of every month. He enjoys playing guitar and singing, walking the family dogs in the bush, canoe trips, reading, and watching prime-time crime dramas.
Harry’s great desire is to grow in Christ and help others to do the same. For this reason he says our mission statement really works for him: “To know Christ and make him known”.