Harold hails from Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated from Davidson College with a major in history. He went on to attend seminary at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. His career took him to Cambridge, MA (two years), Morgantown, WVA (two years), Phenix City, AL (four years), Metairie, LA (four years), Albemarle, NC (ten years), and Newport News, VA (twenty-two years). Harold retired in 2003 and joined the pastoral staff of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, where he has continued to serve. When asked why he chose to go into the ministry, Harold responded, “Christianity and the church had been such an integral and happy part of my life from birth that the ministry pretty much chose me.”
Harold is an avid fisherman, and spent his college summers earning just enough money as a busboy and bellhop at Lake Lodge in Yellowstone Park to support his off-duty fly fishing. It was during these summers fly fishing in Yellowstone and mountain climbing in the Tetons that he met his wife Charlene. Harold and Charlene are the parents to two daughters and one son, and now have seven grandchildren living in New York, Connecticut, and Texas.
Harold continues to enjoy fishing of all kinds, including fresh water fishing in lakes and ponds in North Carolina and Alabama, and salt water fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Chesapeake Bay. Harold and Charlene traveled abroad extensively for many years. Their adventure to the Antarctic Peninsula is among their favorites.