Our Pastor

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Pastor Chris and family at Pocono Plateau (United Methodist camp)

Pastor Chris Hardy has been serving as the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church since July 1, 2017. While new to the area, he is getting acclimated to the congregation, community and the culture very well.

Married to the love of his life, Teisha, they have three children together and a dog, Leia (yes, as in Princess Leia from Star Wars). Pastor Chris loves all things Star Wars and Batman. When he’s not enthralled with science fiction or superheroes, he enjoys watching sports – especially the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Penguins (you’re right, that’s quite the combination but he does have a story for that). If you’re up for a game of chess or backgammon, he’s your guy.

Pastor Chris earned his Master of Divinity degree from Drew Theological School (Madison, NJ) and his Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in criminology and minoring in sociology, from Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre, PA). Now retired, he did serve as a police officer for the City of Wilkes-Barre. To learn more about Pastor Chris you can follow him on Twitter or visit his personal blog at www.methodismtoday.com.

As much as Pastor Chris loves his family, coaching youth sports, and reading a good book, he loves God even more. For him, the entire Bible and it’s message can be summarized in four words: love God, love others. Loving God and loving others is exactly the mission and ministry of the church. With the power of the Holy Spirit, the love of Jesus Christ, and the grace of God, Pastor Chris hopes to spread the Good News throughout Bangor and hopes that you’ll be a part of it.

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