The Norman Transcript


October 25, 2013

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



He started pastoring in 1992 when he lived in Chickasha during his last year at OCU. For four years, he served the towns of Washington and Franklin at the same time. While in graduate school at SMU in Dallas, he quipped, “I slept on I-35.”

He also served in Cheyenne, of which he said, “there’s no stop light in Roger Mills County. I loved it out there. Good, warm, rich people.”

He also served in Watonga for five years and then Pryor for eight years.

Now he’s in Moore, where he describes his congregation as being “outstanding, warm, relational mission-minded” people.

“They do outstanding mission work here,” he said. “They’re kind of hidden in the midst of downtown. We’re working on that.”

“I think he (Harris) is a warm presence in this community. He’s helping the church heal from the May tornadoes, and he’s helping the future of ministry of this church,” Shahan said. “I hope that Rob has a long tenure at this church.”

“He’s wonderful,” said Amy Graves, director of christian education. “He was thrown in here at a chaotic time. He’s been a calm presence for the congregation and community.”

Moore UMC offers three worship services on Sundays. The Heritage service is at 8:15 a.m. with traditional organ music.

At 10:45 a.m., there are two simultaneous services, with another Heritage service in the sanctuary with organ, piano and choir. The Moment service is in the Christian Life Center with a full praise band set up as a contemporary worship service.

Sunday school with classes for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit or the church’s Facebook page.

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