ESCANABA - Rev. Scott Harmon, pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Escanaba since 2003, has been appointed to the United Methodist Church in Frankenmuth effective July 1.
"Pastor Scott," as he is affectionately known by the congregation of Central Methodist, will be missed tremendously by the congregation and members of the community alike. His enthusiasm and easy-going nature made him a good friend as well as pastor.
Many Escanaba High School students know him as the congenial host of "Lunch with the Pastor," a free lunch for high school students once a month during the school year. Pastor Scott made every student feel welcome regardless of their religious affiliation and, along with several church volunteers, created a warm, caring environment for young people.
Rev. Scott Harmon
During worship, the pastor has kept the congregation on its toes. A touching story or a funny anecdote was often inserted into his sermons. His time with the children was always highly-anticipated with children trying to play "Stump the Pastor" with a mystery bag that one of them was given every week.
Pastor Scott also created new worship experiences for the congregation such as the "New Day" service at the beach during the summer months featuring guitar music and casual attire. Visitors to Escanaba without a church home would often join the service.
During his tenure at Central, Pastor Scott has improved the church building's technology and structure, most notably a state-of-the-art sound system in the sanctuary and radio room. In addition, every Sunday, the congregation is treated to a slide show of the church's activities, courtesy of a projector and rear-projection screen. Pastor Scott has often put his craftsman and engineering skills to use altering pews, making furniture, and creating all kinds of odd items that have come in handy.
The pastor promoted the church to the community, leading fund drives to contribute to the installation of a tile at the new concession stand at the athletic field and more recently, sponsoring a sign at the disc golf course at the location of the New Day service.
Pastor Scott loves the outdoors and especially enjoys riding his motorcycle through the unspoiled Upper Peninsula. Passers-by can often see his motorcycle parked next to the church door as he goes about his church duties.
Pastor Scott created a one-of-a-kind experience for Central United Methodist Church and the community and the congregation maintains they would not be as active as they are today if not for him.