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The Rev. Harry Kyle Gindhart Jr., came to Midland Park UMC in July of 2019. Pastor Harry transferred  from the Marion District where he was ministering at Lake View and Nichols UMC. Rev. Gindhart studies involved Charleston Southern University where he received his BS Degree in 1973. Upon completion of CSU, Rev. Gindhart attended seminary at Candler where he received his Master of Divinity in 2006.

Rev. Gindhart is married to Marsha Gindhart. Marsha is a homemaker and currently holds no employment outside of the home. Rev. Gindhart and Marsha have three grown daughters who live outside of the home. They have been blessed with several grandchildren.

Prior to entering into the ministry, Rev. Gindhart’s professional career included ownership, management, and on-air positions in commercial broadcasting (TV and radio). Rev. Gindhart held a Residential Contractor’s License (SC), as well as an Unlimited General Contractor’s License (commercial). His last position prior to entering seminary was Senior Vice President of Dolphin Architects/Builders and President of Dolphin Building Systems (and Partner). Rev. Gindhart studied Architecture at Clemson University and obtained a BS degree in Accounting.

“I am committed to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and teaching Scripture in small group settings. I am a sinner saved by the Grace of a loving and merciful God.” – The Rev. Harry Kyle Gindhart Jr.

Pastor Harry's Pulse Article: September and October 2020

In today’s world it is easy to become depressed and disappointed: so much illness; so many deaths; unending social turmoil; natural disasters galore.  How do we cope?  I am reminded of some sage advise offered by Tinkerbelle in the movie “Hook.”  When Peter Pan was unable to regain his special powers, she told him to find his ‘happy place.’  We all need a ‘happy place’ to retreat from all that ails us.  It can be either physical or mental.  What is it that makes you happy?  Your children, spouse, home, activities, hobbies, or even work.  My ‘happy place’ at one time was sitting out on the stern cockpit of my boat in a deck chair (as seen in my office) sipping on an ice cold bottle of Coca Cola with a fresh breeze blowing across my face.  Runner up was digging my feet in the sand on a beach listening to the surf and seagulls and again sipping on an ice-cold bottle of Coca Cola.  Naturally, I would be surrounded by family either case.  I could relax and let all those worries and anxieties float away.  These days, I no longer have a boat, and the beach just is not a possibility.  On the plus side, there is still my family and an ever-ready bottle of Coke.  Now I have a new ‘happy place.’

 

It can be just about anywhere, any time of the day, but mostly my ‘happy place’ occurs at night when I climb into bed.  I lay back, close my eyes, and begin a heartfelt, intimate conversation with our Heavenly Father.  Prayer time is my ‘happy place.’  During these moments of solitude I recall all the numerous blessings in my life: an awesome childhood with amazing parents, grandparents, and brother; now over 50 years of marriage to the best life partner ever, Marsha; three beautiful daughters and five grandchildren.  The list goes on: I fall asleep not counting sheep but counting blessings.  Sure, I could have a bigger house, more luxurious vehicle, finer clothes, and yeah, even another boat.  Yet I am content with all I have: a roof over my head, food to eat, and of course my family and friends.  Oh, and I have all of you in my life.  I lift you up in prayer during all my happy place moments.  And I long for the time when we can re-gather as the church; I miss each of you and the time we share together in worship.  But our new normal is anything but normal.

In Matthew’s text about Peter’s confession of Jesus’ Messiahship, Jesus proclaims him to be the rock on which his church is built.  And on this rock the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.  In other words, nothing will prevent the church from being the church.  Not Corona Virus, not civil disorder, not nature’s onslaught.  We can take comfort in knowing that God is with us always because God is Omnipresent; when we are in prayer, God is listening and most importantly God is speaking.  Sometimes we need to pause and listen.  Time in prayer can be your ‘happy place’ as well.  Do not allow the situations that surround you rob you of the joy of Christ fellowship.  Sure, times are trying; we wonder what 2020 has in store for us next.  Allow God to surprise you instead!  Drift off in quiet solitude, relax, and find your happy place!

Grace and Peace

Pastor Harry