Rev. Charles R. Harrison is the Senior Pastor of Barnes United Methodist Church and has been in the ministry for 30 years. He is a native of Jeffersonville, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University, where he earned a degree in Religious Studies and attended Methodist Theological School, where he received his Masters of Divinity.
Rev. Harrison began his career in 1984 at Wiley United Methodist Church in Springfield, Ohio, as a Student Associate Minister. He served as a Student Pastor of Lee Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio in 1985. He became the Pastor of Wiley United Methodist Church in New Castle, Indiana in 1986. In 1993 he became the pastor of Barnes United Methodist Church where he currently serves as the Senior Pastor.
Rev. Harrison has been actively involved in community affairs. In 1986, he was an intricate part in the hiring of the first Afro-American police officer and two firemen for the city of New Castle. He currently is the President of the Board of Directors for Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition and he is a Chaplain for the Indiana State Police. He is currently a member of the following Board of Directors: Metro Ministry, Board of Ordain Ministry of the South Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church and the District Board of Ordain Ministry Indianapolis West District. He is also a member of the “Ministers on the Move.” Rev. Harrison was also a member of the following Board of Directors: Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center and Mapleton Fall Creek Neighborhood Association.
His awards and recognitions include: Ecumenical Service Award, Denman Evangelism Award (South Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award, Sagamore of the Wabash, The Distinguished Hoosier Award, Howard Thurman Preaching Award, Circle City Frontier Drum Major Award in Religion, and the Distinguished Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award.
Pastor Charles R. Harrison is married to Fawn Porter-Harrison, and they are the parents of Terrell, Shayla, Jeremy’on and Jaylyn.