PublicChristian.com is a one-man-one-woman operation (but as you know a lot of the fun and intelligence come from the contributions of visitors to the site). Connie and I have received a lot of input over the years and we feel it’s important to be giving in return as we go through this long learning process that is life.
I’m Larry Harvey, a retired rural mail carrier (back problems), adjunct instructor at a Community College in Nebraska (philosophy, ethics, and religion), and a Professional Trainer (in business and industry) for the same institution. I was raised in the Salvation Army and Church of God (Anderson, IN), educated at Prairie Bible Institute (Alberta, Canada), U of No Colorado, U of Oklahoma (the other Big Red) and Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA), spent two years with Uncle Sam’s Army, and have pastored churches in Norman, OK (independent, college-oriented, with Navigator and Plymouth Brethren influences), Pasadena, CA (Conservative Baptist), and Culbertson, NE (Missionary Church). I helped start an alternative worship service and youth band in the Methodist Church in McCook, NE.
My wife Connie is a valuable editorial consultant (That she’s very busy with her own business only increases her value!) and she’s also chief cheerleader. Connie has invested many years in being a pastor’s wife, a work she loves. Her background is largely Foursquare, with the dominant influence in her spiritual formation coming from Jack Hayford’s “Church on the Way” in Van Nuys, CA, during it’s early, rapidly growing years. She is enjoying the early months of running her own business as an efficiency and software consultant and trainer for individuals and small businesses.
We are currently involved in a Vineyard Christian Fellowship where I play bass, preach occasionally, and help Connie teach a SS class of mentally handicapped youth.
Between us we have 6 kids, 4 kids-in-law, and 8 grandkids. One of the six is a severely handicapped 18-year old (Chelsea, named after a small park in Santa Monica, CA) (Chelsea has pachygyria lissencephaly syndrome with subcortical band heterotopia – not a fun thing.) She is one of the joys of our life. She lives in a nursing home in Curtis whence we pick her up and take her to church and out to eat every Sunday.
We are very concerned about how the Gospel and Scripture are (mis-)represented in popular culture, religious media and the churches, and how truth in general is mis-represented by the neo-conservative wealth elite in the current administration and in other key segments of our cultural and national life. These things have dreadful implications for all present and future residents of our planet.
For more on all that, see the rest of the site! Thanks for your interest.