Sunday 10:30 am
Nursery: Infant to 2 years old
Immediately following worship service
September to June
Adult Sunday School
Sunday 9:00 am
Children's Sunday School
Sunday 10:45 am
(except Communion Sundays & Special Events)
Edwin Lacy, Pastor (interim)
Edwin Lacy was born and raised in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. He grew up in the Wytheville Presbyterian Church. After graduating from Virginia Tech, he played folk and bluegrass music professionally and semi-professionally until entering seminary in 1997. He received his Masters of Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Iowa where he focused on small town and rural church ministry. After seminary Edwin served small congregations in Iowa, Indiana and Virginia. In 2013 he founded and lead the Wild Goose Christian Community, a 1001 New Worshiping Community sponsored by
Abingdon Presbytery that presents the Good News of Jesus Christ in a context celebrating Appalachian heritage and culture. Edwin has also served as consultant for both Abingdon Presbytery and the Presbytery of Baltimore. After moving to Maryland in 2017, he served as
pastor to Hope Presbyterian Church in Arbutus. Beginning in 2019, Edwin began serving as interim pastor to Harundale Presbyterian Church.
Jay Garvin, Commissioned Minister
Jay was born and raised in Bradford, Pennsylvania, a small town nestled in the Allegheny National Forest, in the heart of the Pennsylvania oil country. Jay grew up in the United Presbyterian church as did his childhood sweetheart Doris whom he would marry in August of 1971. Recognizing his love for building things, Jay attended the Michigan Technological University and the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1972 from Pitt with a Degree in Civil Engineering. Just after graduation, he entered the U. S. Navy and served with the Seabees at Camp David. After leaving the Navy in 1975, Jay, Doris, and their first child, Joel moved to Glen Burnie, their second child Shanna would be born in 1977. When looking for a church, Doris found the Harundale Presbyterian Church, right next to one of her favorite places, the North County Library.
After serving in the Navy, Jay worked at the Washington Navy Yard helping to start the environmental cleanup of navy bases, from there he moved on to the U. S. Department of The Interior where he did environmental research on cleaning up and reusing our water resources. He changed careers in 1980 and went to work for the U. S. Air Force at the Westinghouse Defense Center at the BWI airport as the the head of Quality Engineering. He later went to work for the Goddard Space Center as the head of systems safety and reliability engineering; he ended his career with the federal government at the Federal Aviation Administration as the head of commercial space transportation licensing and safety division. After retirement, he started his own consulting company and continued to support NASA, something that he still does today when the opportunity arises.
Sensing that there is more to do in his life, in 2010 Jay entered the Baltimore Presbytery’s Commissioned Lay Pastor program and attended the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary program, completing the seminary portion of the training in July of 2013. At Harundale, Jay has served as one of the youth advisors and has accompanied the youth on their mission trips; he has served twice on both the session and the trustees; and he is one of the leaders in the Stephen Ministry program.
When not serving the church, Jay spends time with his newly retired wife and grandchildren, now totaling 5; loves bicycling and woodworking; and enjoys life to the fullest.
Terry and Shiela Ruth, Music
Shiela was born in Japan, as part of a military family and has lived in Japan, Europe, and Puerto Rico and across the United States. Her family settled in Glen Burnie where she was baptized and joined Harundale Presbyterian Church in 1970. Shiela always had a great love of music, inspired by her mother and grandfather, and graduated from Frostburg State College with a BA in Music Education. Her primary instrument was piano. After college, she came back to Harundale and joined the Chancel Choir and also the Celebration Handbell Choir when it formed. Before becoming the Music Assistant in 1989, Shiela taught piano and organ privately and worked for the Anne Arundel County schools as a music aide at Lindale Junior High School. In addition to being the Music Assistant, Shiela directs the Celebration Handbell Choir and works closely with the pastors to select music for choirs, soloists and small groups that reinforce their message.
Terry is a native Marylander, born and raised in Hagerstown. He also has a great love of music, inspired by his mother, and graduated from Frostburg State College with a BS in Music Education. His primary instrument was bass trombone. Terry joined Harundale Presbyterian Church in 1979 where he sang in the choir, rang in the handbell choir and served as substitute organist. Before becoming the Music Director in 1989, he worked for Jordan Kitt’s Music and the Federal Government, from which he retired in 2012 after 30 years of service. In addition to being the Music Director, Terry directs the Chancel Choir and serves as the organist.
Shiela and Terry met at Frostburg State College and were married at Harundale Presbyterian Church in 1979. Since becoming the Music Leaders in 1989, they strive to bring a variety of musical styles and experiences to enrich the participants and the congregation. They work to provide as many opportunities as they can for folks to “make a joyful noise to the Lord!”
Sara Clauss, Youth Director / Christian Education Facilitator
Sara grew up in Glen Burnie, and particularly in Harundale Presbyterian Church. She joined youth group in the 7th grade and claims to have never left. She was so greatly influenced and inspired by her time as a youth and by her leaders that she knew she just couldn’t keep that to herself. In her late teens, she joined the leadership team and has been involved, as part of a group of leaders or some solo work for nearly 20 years. She recently moved into the role of Youth Director.
To her, youth group is a place where it is okay to let your hair down and be the real you – be weird, be silly, be serious, still enjoy playing hide and seek; while also taking time to learn about God and Jesus and to explore your own faith in an environment that makes it okay to ask questions without feeling like the only one who loves God or has questions. It’s a place where you learn that sometimes the best answer to the question is one, or more, of the following: God, Jesus, Love, Prayer, or Bible.
Sara enjoys sitting outside on a sunny day with a good book (often Jane Eyre or the Harry Potter series), watching movies, and eating junk food (just like a teenager).
Harundale Presbyterian Church
1020 East Way
Glen Burnie, MD 21060