Reverend Dr. David J. Harper
Associate Pastor of Pastoral Counseling and Personal Growth
Home: 203- 220-8319
Pastor Harper has served under bishop's appointment as an Elder in the United Methodist Church since 1962. He came to the ministry of Nichols United Methodist Church in 2008. Previously he had served two churches in the Catskill Mts. for five years. These were Napanoch and Ulster Heights. He then served a two year appointment as Associate Pastor at Grace UMC in Newburgh, NY. There he was responsible for creating a Christian education program that doubled in size to fill a new educational building. His next appointment lasted 10 years at Summerfield UMC in Port Chester, NY. During that tenure he completed a 3 year program in pastoral counseling under the auspices of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health in Valhalla, NY. His Master of Divinity degree was conferred by Drew Theological Seminary in 1962. In 1975 he received the degree of Doctor of Ministry after a further three years of study. He has an extensive knowledge of counseling, focusing on relating emotional and cognitive dynamics to spiritual growth for persons of all ages.
A four year pastorate in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, then to three years as pastor right here in Long Hill, Trumbull. There he made a decision to enter the extended ministry of Pastoral Counseling on a full-time basis. He served as Senior Staff Pastoral Counselor and Psychotherapist and treasurer of the Institute in Westport. This was a 27 year ministry serving until his retirement.
However, when he experienced the death of his wife, in 2007, he requested the then Senior Pastor at Nichols to officiate at a service of celebration . He has been at Nichols since then, participating in the Chancel Choir and as baritone soloist. He also chairs the Lay Ministry Team of Liturgical Music and the Fine Arts. Dr. Harper comes from a family of dedicated Methodists, his father a celebrated pipe organist for 64 years in Trenton, NJ. Following in those musical footsteps, Dr. Harper is an accomplished pianist and organist.
His B.A degree was conferred by McDaniel College (Westminster, Md.). At that time he was honored as a recipient of an award to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. His major was in philosophy and religion
Dr. Harper is a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselor.
There are only three United Methodist Pastoral Counselors in all of Connecticut who engaged in serving the needs of persons in local churches.
Dr. Harper and his wife, Jo, have been married since 2008. They are the parents of two daughters and three sons, and six granddaughters. Gardening is their special delight, along with music and collecting nativity art.
If you would like to understand yourself and your relationships with reliance on God's presence in your life; if you wish to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ - - that help is available
Appointments are made with Dr. Harper by calling his Office or Home.