Pastor Harry's Page

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 Newsletter

Summertime … and the living is easy … or so the song goes. Summertime, sweet summertime!  Don’t know about you, but I love summertime. Especially when I was a kid. Hours would be wiled away relaxing at the beach, sailing out in the harbor, feeding the water hazards with golf balls, plus endless card games into the night. School was out: free at last, free at last. No more pencils, no more books … you know how it goes. Yes, I loved summertime. But one of the things I miss that aren’t around anymore are Lampyridae: you know, fireflies, lightening bugs!!  You just don’t see them lighting up the twilight of summer evenings anymore. The mosquito abatement program has seen to that. Imagine my delight upon spending my first night at our parsonage in Seneca and watching thousands of fireflies swirling around in the twilight of that late June evening. And yes, we had fireflies in Chester, Indian Land, and Lake View, too. We would sit out on the deck/porch and watch their amazing flight patterns while seeking a mate or prey. I would magically be transformed into the wide eyed child of yesteryear chasing them around the yard and capturing them in jars. Their bioluminescence would light up the sky transforming the outdoors into a summer wonderland. Thinking about those summer days gone by reminds me of Matthew 5:14-16. “You are the light of the world.  A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”  That’s right; let the light of Christ shine from within you!  We do that by following the example of Jesus loving unconditionally and completely. We do not allow ourselves to be overcome by bigotry, prejudice, and hatred. When our Christ-light is fully shining, we accept our brothers and sisters for who they are putting aside judgement and petty preferences. We take the time to speak a kind word or do unselfish deeds not for our glory but giving glory to God. As we read the gospels, notice the things Jesus does, the things he says, and the way he includes everyone (not just his best buds or the folks he hangs with). It costs us nothing but a little effort to make our community, our world a better place. You will feel better and so will those you touch through random acts of kindness. This summer, let’s be fireflies for Christ and let his love light shine through us!

—Pastor Harry

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