Harley was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1960. He graduated from Eastmoor High School, and then earned a Degree in Business from Franklin University, and a Master of Divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 1991. He is an Elder of the United Methodist Church.
Cindy grew up in the Hermiston Oregon area, and graduated from Umatilla High School in 1980. She worked for 14 years as a forms designer for Standard Register Company. Then in 2016, Cindy graduated from Stark State College with a degree in Administrative Office Professional. She currently works for Stark Truss Company, Inc. as an HR Administrative Assistant.
Harley and Cindy have been married for seven years and together they have nine children and five grandchildren.
Pastor Harley has served six pastoral charges in his 31 years of ministry in the East Ohio Conference, most recently in Minerva for seven years, and before that, for eleven years in Thompson. His major pastime is reading and study, has worked in Minerva and Thompson in hunger ministry and outreach to the poor, and had success in grant-writing
What can you expect from Pastor Harley?
Pastor Harley delights in preaching, teaching, visitation, and bringing the church into the community. Seeing the congregation doing Bible study, mission outreach and sharing their faith is a joyful sign to him that they are walking close to Jesus.
Pastor Harley is a member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association and, as a founding member of the East Ohio Wesleyan Covenant Association, he works for evangelical renewal in the church. His theology is Wesleyan, with a reliance on scripture as the true word of God that leads us to salvation and holiness.
In preaching, he is scripture-based and uses stories to connect the truth of God to life. He counsels all Christians to seek to live, love, work and witness with Christ as the source of all they do. In his role as administrator of a church, he leads by consensus and trusts the leadership.
Harley and Cindy have found that the calling they serve has been full of large and surprising blessings. They look forward to serving Jesus alongside of all of you.