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Pastor Says God Led Him To Free Methodist Post

By Nina Culver Correspondent

Steve Harrison and his family came to the Spokane area a year ago simply because they liked it here.

Harrison had no job waiting in Spokane when he left his position as senior pastor at a church in Tonasket, Wash. But after working for 11 months at Western Security Services in Spokane, Harrison is now the new pastor of administration at Opportunity Free Methodist Church.

Leaving a job with no prospects in sight isn’t as crazy as it sounds, said Harrison. “There was a profound sense that it was time to move on,” said Harrison. “God was calling us to leave Tonasket.”

The church in Tonasket was his first posting and he spent six years there. It was his very success that led Harrison to the decision to leave. Harrison said he was afraid of becoming too comfortable in his position, and that it might lead to complacency. He wanted to have to stretch himself to reach his goals.

“Even though it was successful, I knew I could do more,” Harrison said. “I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I needed to broaden who I was.”

Harrison said that even though he enjoyed his work at Western Security and had good employers, he’s glad to be back at work in the church. “I enjoyed having my weekends absolutely free,” said Harrison of his secular job. “But I did miss the significance of my work.”

There was no one dramatic moment that prompted Harrison to become a pastor. He was working toward a master’s degree in business administration at Seattle Pacific University when he read a letter from the bishop inserted in his church bulletin calling for workers in the church. He interpreted it as a call for pastors. Harrison said he knew there was a shortage of pastors and he was willing, so he prayed to God to let him know what he should do. He feels he received an answer.

“It was just very clear that He was calling me into the pastoral ministry.”

Before he read the Bishop’s letter, he had never thought of filling the role of a pastor. “It’s not something I really would have pictured myself in.”

Harrison said he enjoys living in Spokane and is happy in his new role at Opportunity Free Methodist. “I love the church, and the staff is one of the best staffs I’ve worked with. The people are very warm and concerned about reaching out to people.”

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