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October 25, 2013

Pastoring, homebuilding come together for First United Methodist Church’s Rob Harris

MOORE — Rob Harris, pastor at Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. in Moore, said he’s only been on the job under six months, but his calling has put him in the right place to combine his pastoring skills with 20 years’ experience in residential remodeling.

“I loved where I was,” Harris said about living in Pryor for eight years before coming to Moore. “We live in a sent ministry, and they send us where they feel God needs us the most, where our gifts and graces can be used the most.

“I wondered why I was being sent to Moore until May 20 when the tornado hit, and I knew exactly why I had been sent here: my history in restoration and carpentry — to do care ministry in the midst of that. I have been blessed beyond measure. I really have.”

For Harris, sometimes it just all comes together, like the way he describes his original call to ministry.

“In the middle of a Bible study, I just felt the Lord call me out of the flock to be the shepherd. That was my call,” Harris said. “I was a carpenter for 20 years. I’ve gone from restoring homes to restoring lives — I still restore homes.”

After a pause, he said, “I look at the potential, help people find the possibilities and help them live to the potential God created them to be.”

Not only is Harris helping restore homes pastorally through relationships, he and his congregation were immediately, and still are, involved in restoring homes and the families affected by May tornadoes. Tornado recovery for the United Methodist Church is housed at Harris’ church.

“We send out six to eight teams every single day, and on Saturday we send 10 to 12 teams. We still are, and we will for at least three years,” Harris said. “We’re committed to doing at least three years of intense mission.”

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