The Rev. Dr. Randolph (Randy) Harry

Senior Pastor

Reverend Harry was born in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up in Currituck County on the North Carolina coast. He attended UNC-CH as a Morehead Scholar where he received both BA and JD degrees. Following college and law school, he began his career as an attorney in Norfolk, Virginia, where he practiced for twelve years before answering the call to ministry. He then attended Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina, where he received his Master of Divinity degree.

His pastoral work began at Hopewell & Rehobeth UMC’s near Ellenboro while he was a seminary student, and thereafter he served First UMC in Bessemer City, St. Timothy in Brevard and the United Methodist Church in Cashiers. Since 2015, Reverend Harry has been serving as the Smoky Mountain District Superintendent.

As District Superintendent, he created a District Operational Team to guide and support district team leaders in various areas of ministry when facing challenges. He has provided result-oriented leadership training to clergy that focused on discipleship processes and other strategies. Also as District Superintendent, Reverend Harry focused on relationship building, implemented team-building retreats and secured a Duke Endowment grant to address the issue of generational poverty, particularly as manifested in childhood illiteracy. In his church ministry work, Reverend Harry has led outreach ministries such as building teams, community interaction and hospitality efforts toward Hispanic day-laborers and international students.

Reverend Harry has a collaborative leadership style. He values and practices active listening, encouragement, visioning and leading by example. Reverend Harry has more than twenty years of experience leading mostly traditional worship. However, he enjoys various forms of worship. He has taught Disciple Bible and other studies aimed at developing Christian disciples. He chairs the board of directors of Wesley Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit affiliated with our Western North Carolina Conference that is designed for “building communities of grace and hope.”

Reverend Harry and his wife, Kristen, who is also a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, have one daughter, Wren Kathryn. His interests include hiking, biking and spending time outdoors.