God's Open House

Rev. Drew Harrison

I was born and lived in Memphis, TN until we moved to Austin, TX when I was a
teenager. We attended Balmoral Presbyterian Church for most of my life, where I was
challenged intellectually and nourished spiritually. In Austin, I met my future wife and heard my
first stirrings of a call to ministry at the Presbyterian Church of Lake Travis, a new church
development that met in an elementary school. I attended Middlebury College and then Union
Theological Seminary in NYC. In the summers during college, I worked my dream job as a
counselor at Holston Presbytery Camp, in Banner Elk, NC. While in seminary I was lucky to
work for the Presbytery of NYC with its Vacation Bible School program, experiencing the
breadth of Presbyterian life while visiting diverse churches in all five boroughs.

Following seminary, my wife and I moved to Houston, where I worked with youth and
families at Christ Church Presbyterian. Hannah and I then moved to San Antonio for her to
attend medical school, and I was called to First Presbyterian Church in San Saba, TX, where I
served for three years. When Hannah was accepted as a resident at the Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia, we moved to Philly and our daughter Jane was born one day later. It has been one
of my greatest joys to walk alongside my wife as she pursues her calling, and I see supporting
her vocation as part of my call. I’ve spent the last two years as the Director of Membership and
Congregational Care at the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.

I was raised and nurtured in strong, lay-led congregations who believe that mission is the
heart of Christian life. I am thankful for the ways they challenged me to think clearly and live
faithfully as well as the deep well of faith they gave me. I’ve spent the last ten years serving a
diverse group of Christian communities in Vermont, New Jersey, the Bronx, Houston, San Saba,
and Philadelphia, and I’m overwhelmed by all of the saints of God’s church and the love and
faithfulness they hold. I love Bible study (especially Old Testament), camp and conference
ministry, and conversations about God and pop culture. Outside of church, my favorite things to
do are to go camping, play ultimate Frisbee, watch old movies, and learn new things.