Rev. Harold W. Blair
Harold Blair was born into a Wesleyan Methodist pastor’s home in Brownsville, Pa. He moved with his family to Akron, Ohio where he completed grades K -12. He attended and graduated from Kansas City Bible School and College (now Kansas City College) in Overland Park, Kansas, with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Theology degree. For seven years he pastored two Wesleyan Methodist churches, first in Blairsville, Pa and then Ashville, New York. Leaving pastoral ministry, he worked in various jobs including retail, health care and materials management and purchasing in health care settings.
In July of 2010, he assumed his pastoral appointment as a Licensed Local Pastor at Kingsley UMC in Erie, where he served for 10 years. During his years at Kingsley, he completed the Course of Study at Duke Divinity School. Harold is passionate about people, pastoring and preaching and also enjoys conducting Bible Studies.
He has been married to his wife Jerri for 36 years and she, with her love for people and training as a pianist and organist, is a real blessing to their ministry together. They are the proud parents of five children who have blessed them with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Their rescue Pomchi, Bayley, is both a blessing and a reminder of God’s grace to us as his rescues. Harold enjoys reading, walking, biking, working around the house and yard, and attending musical concerts.
Though he retired in 2020, Harold looks forward to taking a hiatus from retirement to serve the good people of Phillipsville/Wattsburg Charge as their interim pastor.
Laura joined the congregation at 12 years old when her family became members of the Wattsburg United Methodist Church where they still attend. Although life has taken her into another church in her new community she has come back to serve as secretary for the charge in which she grew up.