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The New Concord Church of Christ announces the retirement of evangelist Dick Harris.
Harris began his work in the family-owned Woodsfield Lumber and Block Co. and then worked in the coal mines while living in Woodsfield, where he met his wife Sharon. He and his family moved to Dallas, Texas, from August 1981 to August 1983, where he attended the Preston Road School of Preaching.
Dick and Sharon moved to New Concord in September 1983 with their three children, Kathy, Kent and Kevin; he began his work with the church then located at Comin Avenue.
As the congregation grew, the faithful embarked on a building plan, purchased land and constructed a building at 13333 Maple Ave. in 1998. With continued growth, the congregation expanded in 2006 with a new 250 seat auditorium and six additional classrooms.
In 1995, Dick became a member of the pastoral care program at the Southeastern Med in Cambridge and will also end his services there as well. He also worked on the board of Evergreen Village in New Concord for 26 years.
Dick not only preached, but has been highly involved in teaching hundreds, if not thousands, in Bible classes and visiting the sick and home bound. He helped organize numerous fellowships, family bible school and lectureships, and monthly Beckett House sermon and singing. He has preached at numerous Gospel meetings throughout the area and in many other states.
His wife, Sharon, has stood by his side for almost 53 years teaching bible and women’s classes. She has helped with family Bible school, ladies days and numerous fellowships. She also visited the sick and lonely and has been a great support to the preaching of the gospel.
In appreciation for the Harris family, an open house will take place on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge. Light finger foods, cake and beverages will be provided.
The Sunday evening worship services will immediately follow the reception at Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center at 5 p.m. (There will be no services at the New Concord building that evening.)