PALM HARBOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
We are extremely excited to welcome our new lead pastor, Keith Harcombe, to Palm Harbor UMC. Pastor Keith took over as lead pastor of Palm Harbor UMC last month and was most recently campus pastor of the Westchase campus of Bay Hope in Tampa, FL.
Keith is originally from Liverpool, England. He moved to Florida in 2003 and attended this church. Whilst here he received his call to ministry. He received his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2014, and his Bachelors in Humanities from Eckerd College of St. Petersburg in 2011.
He is married to his wife Julianne and they have four children together, Jordan, Jack, Max and David. Both he and his wife are more than excited to be back at the church where they felt welcomed back in 2003!
Keith is a dynamic speaker (with an awesome British accent) and his passion for kids and students is extremely evident in both his teaching style and his everyday approach to ministry. Welcome Pastor Keith!
All Ages! All In! Loving God! Loving All!
Palm Harbor UMC is an intergenerational community called to a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ and committed to loving God and loving others.
To live fully into this purpose we will follow these discipleship practices:
To Gather God’s people for worship
To Grow disciples of Jesus Christ
To Go forth to serve the community and the world
PHUMC Core Values
Christ Centered- I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
Intergenerational- One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. (Psalm 145:4)
Hospitality- "The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:40)
Service- Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-12)
Excellence- Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (Colossians 3:23)
Life-long learning- I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)
All Ages, All In
Well over 100 years ago Palm Harbor United Methodist Church began……
Its roots go back to Florida Southern College, a Methodist College in Leesburg governed by the Florida Conference. In 1902 the college made a decision to move from Leesburg to Sutherland, Florida (the community of Sutherland was renamed Palm Harbor in 1925).
For 19 years church services were held at the school. In 1921 a fire destroyed most of the facilities of the college and Florida Southern College relocated to Lakeland. With a vision of wanting to continue meeting as a church, members met in the school’s undamaged gymnasium. They organized the construction of a new sanctuary. Hand cleaned bricks from the fire-damaged building were used as part of the structure that would become known as “The White Chapel.” Services began in “The White Chapel” in 1925.
In 1965 members recognized the need for a larger sanctuary. A building fund was started, land was donated, and building began. On November 14, 1971 the first service was held in the new sanctuary at the Michigan Avenue site.
At this downtown site the ministries of The Robin’s Nest (our Preschool Ministry) began in 1983. In 1987 our before and after school ministry, Stars & Comets began... and of course Camp CUBBER began in 1992.
In 1985 the congregation agreed to purchase 7.25 acres of property on 21st street near Westlake Blvd. Purchase price of the property was $342,000. They had dreams of a new church costing $2 million. In 1995 worship began at the site on which we currently sit. For over 10 years the church worship was held in what is now our Multi-Purpose Room / Gymnasium.
An Education wing was added and Westlake Christian School began in 1995 (now Kindergarten through 8th grade).
In September 2003 the first worship service was held in our current sanctuary, with a seating capacity of over 1700.
What started as “Yesterday's Vision” became “Today's Reality.” And with Today’s Reality we now focus on our future and God’s vision for ministry and mission.