Pastor Harlan Haines

Pastor Harlan Haines


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As a child, I was brought up, by my parents in church. I never remember, as a child, not being in church.  If the doors of the church were open, my parents would make sure that my sister and I there. So, it was just a natural part of my life.

It was at the age of 9 that all those lessons I’d been taught in Sunday School and those sermons that I had heard the preacher preach, were used by God. I realized in a very personal way that I was a sinner in need of a Savior. So at the age of 9, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

When I was 12, I felt the first promptings of the Holy Spirit to go into the ministry. Instead of running to the call, I ran from it and did so for the next 21 years. In my running from the Lord’s call for my life, I sought after those things that I thought would make me happy. And those “things” that I thought would make me happy were very materialistic. To help me achieve these “things”, I received an Associate of Arts degree from Temple Junior College and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from The University of Texas at El Paso.

Upon graduation from UTEP, I went to work in the mortgage industry that took me from El Paso back to Central Texas were I moved around as an officer at several banks and a mortgage company. It was also in El Paso that I met and fell in love with the second greatest gift that God has given me… wife Kathy. (The first greatest gift being His Holy Spirit coming to live within me upon accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior.)

In 1990, with God bringing about earth shaking circumstances in my life and the life of my family, I finally quit running from God’s calling. I surrendered to His will.

In 1994, I graduated from Southwestern Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. While I was going to Seminary, I was working full time in the ministry, from 1990 to 1994, at Lakeview Baptist Church in Belton, Tx as an associate pastor.  Then from 1994 to 1997, I pastored Bluebonnet Hills Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bay, Tx.  It was in 1997 that I was called to First Baptist Church Troy where I have had the great privilege of serving the Lord for over 20 years.

I have two adult children, Rhonda and Russell, of whom I am very proud.  Rhonda is an art teacher at Temple High School and is also a licensed professional counselor.  She counsels in her free time, ministering to those referred to her by pastors.  Russell is married to his wife Elora and both of them work for Apple in Austin.  Russell is also a trained chef who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and caters on the side.  Russell and his wife Elora have also given Kathy and me the most handsome grandson ever….Jubal.

My philosophy in life is, “I’ll start worrying when I see God start worrying”. It’s hard to live by, but I do my best to do it.

My favorite comic character is Snoopy and I still sit and watch the Charlie Brown TV specials.

My favorite book IS the Bible.  And, my favorite book in the Bible seems to be the one that I am studying at that time!

My favorite way to pass time is just to be with my wife, whether it is camping, traveling, working in the yard, sitting on the couch or holding her purse as she shops.

My deepest wish is that I will have lived my life in such a way that people are drawn to the Lord and not dissuaded from Him.