The Reverend Chris Hardy is the Associate Pastor of West Lawn United Methodist Church, appointed on March 1, 2020. He is an elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He previously served Hazleton: Diamond UMC (2015-17) and Bangor: First UMC (2017-20).
Pastor Chris grew up in Sunbury, PA and is a 2002 graduate of Shikellamy High School. He attended Wilkes University and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, with a minor in Sociology, in 2005. Chris worked in law enforcement for ten years, first as a deputy sheriff with the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department and then as a patrol office for the City of Wilkes-Barre. After suffering a career-ending back injury on duty, Chris followed God’s call into ordained ministry. He graduated from Drew Theological School in 2016 with a Master of Divinity degree.
Chris is married to his best friend and love-of-his-life, Teisha. They have three children: Abbey, Adria, and Gavin, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Leia and Chewbacca (yes, the love Star Wars). Together they enjoy hiking, watching movies, attending sporting events, and playing board games. They are excited about joining the West Lawn community and working with everyone to share God’s love.
You can read Pastor Chris’ blog at: www.pastorchrishardy.com
You can watch Pastor Chris’ devotional videos at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-T5DWjfTjeRSquXoh0bpcQ