Rev. Harold Wheat

I grew up in a farming village nestled among the flat topped hills south of Utica, NY. Raised in a Christian home, I eventually claimed for myself a personal and communal relationship with Jesus Christ. Themes of justice-seeking and peace-making move my heart very deeply and have influenced the way I live my faith.

After receiving a call to Christian ministry during my time at a liberal arts college, I invested several years in following Christ as Mission Intern of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. These years deepened my faith and called me to learn to trust in others as I lived among the generous people of Brasil and Albuquerque, NM.

When my Seminary training was complete, I was commissioned to begin my ministry as a Pastor. Today I serve in Dryden as an Elder in full connection with the Upper New York Conference of the UMC. I continue to be amazed at the joy and challenge that this work brings. Psalm 9 comes to mind,
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Having grown up playing outside, I continue to enjoy time in God’s creation. This was taken on a 2016 hike in the Green Mountains of VT.

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