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Introducing Our New Executive Presbyter 

Posted January 19, 2021

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Harmon was elected to the position of Executive Presbyter of Beaver-Butler Presbytery on Thursday, January 14, 2021 during a Special Meeting of the Presbytery. You may consider Tom to be “one of us” as he has been a pastor in this presbytery since 2014.

For the last seven years, Tom has served Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Evans City. Before coming to our area, he served First Presbyterian Church in Fairborn, Ohio. While serving these congregations, he has also provided significant leadership to two presbyteries. He is passionate about following God’s direction of bringing all things and all people closer to God and each other. 

Within Beaver-Butler Presbytery, he recently led a strategic conversation to encourage covenantal relationships among presbyters toward finding new ways of resourcing ministry together. A year ago, he helped lead discussions between Beaver-Butler and Shenango presbyteries as they explored an opportunity for a merger. 

Tom is a former Moderator and Vice Moderator of Beaver-Butler Presbytery. He serves on the Ministry and Vocation Committee and has served on the Coordinating Team. His work with presbyteries includes numerous committees, commissions, and task forces. 

Previously, as Presbytery Moderator of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley (Dayton, Ohio), Tom authored a presbytery covenant to envision their broader purpose of equipping, preparing and nurturing congregations and pastors in their ministry and mission. As Chairperson of Miami Valley’s Leadership Council, he created an intentional approach of coordinated congregational visits to find new connections among sessions from every church in the Presbytery. 

Tom has trained in advanced Bowen Family Systems Theory at the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, where he also trained as a mediator with 40 hours of training in conflict resolution and reconciliation strategies. 

Tom’s doctoral work created a missional discernment process to help Westminster Church deepen its faith and outreach to its neighborhood. He has trained as an apprentice in the Pneumatrix leadership process, where he encouraged two congregations toward adaptive change. 

He received his Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary focused on Missional and Reformed Theology. His Master of Divinity is from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he met his wife, The Rev. Kelley Angleberger, Pastor of Clinton Presbyterian Church. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, a “Top 3” undergraduate business program. 

Tom grew up as a cradle Presbyterian near Richmond, VA. Tom and Kelley have four energetic children, Austin (9), Clare (7), Abigail (4), and Shepherd (2). 

We welcome Rev. Dr. Tom Harmon as our new executive presbyter. We lift prayers for Tom and his family and that God will bless his service and the ministry of Beaver-Butler Presbytery in the days ahead.