Rev John Henry Harms

Rev John Henry Harms

Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Death 22 Aug 1946 (aged 70)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Lynchburg, Lynchburg City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 108507163 · View Source
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John H. Harms graduated from Newberry College in 1893 and from the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1897.

His brother, John Edward also graduated from the Gettysburg Seminary and was a Lutheran preacher.

His first call was to Trinity Lutheran Church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, serving there until 1900.

On April 20, 1898, he married Miss Sarah Wheeler of Newberry, South Carolina. They were married in Luther Chapel, Newberry, South Carolina. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. J. B. Fox and assisted by Rev. W. K. Sligh, her brother-in-law, both Lutheran ministers.

Following the wedding, a reception was given at the home of Sarah's parents. Later that evening they began their trip home to Chambersburg on the Columbia, Newberry and Laurens Railroad.

Their children were Kathryn Wheeler. (b. 10/8/1899) who married Walter C. Beasley of Lynchburg, Virginia and Elizabeth Wheeler (b. 4/28/1906) who married John E. Slaughter in Philadelphia.

In 1900 he accepted a call from the Newport (Perry County, Pennsylvania) Lutheran Charge. He was installed 12/2/1900 by Rev. W. M. B. Glanding at St. Paul's, Newport. After a short stay of eighteen months, he was called to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Harrisburg.

In 1902, he was awarded an A. M. by Newberry College.

In the summer of 1908, he was notified by telegram of his election to the presidency of Newberry College. He accepted the call and served until 1918. During this period, in 1912, he received his D. D. from Erskine College, Due West, South Carolina.

In 1918, he began his work at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion in Philadelphia. He was to continue in this call for 27 years, resigning in 1945.

During this pastorate he also served as the president of the Board of Publications of the United Lutheran Church. And, in 1945, received a Litt. D. from Newberry College.

He was the author of at least two books: The Victory of Faith: Devotions for the Lenten Season" and "From Day to Day: Book of Daily Devotions.

Rev. Harms passed away at his home in Philadelphia after a long illness.

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