As of September 1, 2016, Pastor Brian Harr assumed the pastorate of Gethsemane Baptist Church when Dr. Ron Gatlin retired as our full-time pastor. Pastor Harr is a graduate of Bob Jones University, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in pastoral studies. He served full-time on staff at Bob Jones University for 26 years and as the director of a federal half-way house in Greenville for 2 years. He also has served as pastoral intern and assistant pastor for several church ministries in the upstate of South Carolina. He currently also serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Gospel Clubs and as a radio announcer for radio station WTBI.
Pastor Harr was raised in a christian home in central Kansas. He put his trust in Jesus Christ alone as his one and only Savior at the age of 17. In 1982 he came to Greenville, SC to attend Bob Jones University and has lived, worked, and preached in the Greenville area ever since. While in school he served as the minister of music for a church in Greensboro, NC. He and his wife, Julie, met at BJU in 1987 and were married in July, 1988. They have two children, Heather and Hannah, and one grand-daughter, Evelynn Rose, born in October, 2016.
Julie Harr grew up on a farm in central Indiana. Also born to christian parents, she accepted Christ as her Savior at the young age of 3. She earned a bachelor’s degree in christian ministries from BJU then served as an LPN on staff there for several years. She homeschooled her daughters while ministering to children and ladies through the Children’s Gospel Clubs and various churches in and around the Grenville area.