Community Congregational Church of Pacific Beach
An open and Affirming congregation whose primary purpose is to proclaim and extend God’s love to all people.
2088 Beryl Street
Pacific Beach, CA 92109
Phone: (619) 274-6600
Traditional Worship Service:
Sunday at 10:30 am
Faith Formation & Action
Join us for lively discussions of current, thought provoking topics
Sunday at 9:00 am
Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Tuesdays 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
We would love new voices!
Tues/Thurs 10:00am – 4:00pm
Who we are:
Rev. Elvin Armstrong Harrison, Jr is the second child born to Elvin A. Harrison and Patricia Downs Harrison. Rev. Harrison was baptized at Edwards Chapel CME Church in beautiful El Centro, California. Elvin began service to the Lord at the age of four when he was permitted to serve as an usher at Edwards Chapel CME Church.
Rev. Harrison received his vocation early and expressed his interest in being a “preacher” when he was in first grade. He is grateful that God has allowed him to use his gifts in His service. Rev. Elvin Harris has mentored youth and young adults in urban settings in Washington, DC and Brooklyn, NY. While In Washington DC, he developed an intergenerational Before and After school program that enhanced the lives of kindergarten students and senior citizens.
Rev. Harrison has worked with Upward Bound and San Diego Job Corps. Rev. HARRISON was the first inter-faith chaplain at the San Diego Center for Children (residential living facility in San Diego). He has served as Moderator the Southern Association of the southern California Nevada conference United church of Christ as well as a member of the Board of Directors. He has a heart for ministry, particularly the disenfranchised.
Rev. Harrison holds a B.S in Sociology from Jarvis Christian College and Master of Divinity from The Howard University School of Divinity. His interest included Black Theology, the United States civil rights movement and multicultural faith communities. He enjoys urban walking tours, the beach and Disneyland.
Terry began playing the piano at age three and was playing professionally at age sixteen. After Classical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory, Terry attended Liberty University and appeared regularly on the Old Time Gospel Hour television program. He has performed in 50 states and 12 countries including a premier performance for the President of South Korea.
In addition to his keyboard artistry, Terry is a nationally recognized producer and director in the music industry, including church music ministry. He has directed music programs at several California churches, including Los Gatos Christian Church, Shadow Mountain Community Church, and Skyline Wesleyan Church.
With over 30 recording projects to his credit, Terry has also produced and directed several theatrical productions, including the San Diego based Skyline Living Christmas Tree which was seen by 30,000 people annually. Recently, Terry has directed two shows, The Miracle and Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoatat the Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, home of Dolly Parton, Dollywood, and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. He is also involved with Christian Community Theater, musically directing and arranging The Senior Follies and Traditions of Christmas. Other shows to his credit are The Sound of Music, The Music Man, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Annie, AnnieWarbucks, The Fantastiks, Footloose, Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, and Let Freedom Ring.
Terry is excited to be a part of the staff at Community Congregational church as Director of Music Ministries and Church Administrator.
As a girl, I thought and wanted to be a dancer/performer. However, God has plans for us that we never dreamed of. All we can do is to follow His will as best as we can.
Upon reflection, I rejected more than one suitor who was in ministerial service. Little did I know that later, I would marry the love of my life who was in this very field (can’t run away from God’s will). Our introduction was full of surprises. An unlikely couple we were with our age difference and cultural background, we were brought together in an unforgettable way.
For the past 33 years as a pastor’s wife, I have been always mindful that everyone is different. In helping others, I have learned not to see their needs through my interest. My work has been humbling, challenging, a blessing, an honor, and a privilege to serve the Lord alongside my husband. The churches we have served are University Avenue Church for 1 year, Bostonia/El Cajon Church for 5 years, North Park Church for over 2 years, and returning to Bostonia Church for 23 years. I have taught children and teen Sunday School classes. I have served in many jobs over the years from church maintenance, Chairperson for Women’s Fellowship, Flower Committee, Social Committee, and Church Choir.
If you should ever be interested in my personal experience as a pastor’s wife, please free to ask. I will be as transparent as possible.
Most importantly, my role as a minister’s wife is always to support and sustain the work of the pastor. The Lord’s work is never ending. I will continue to serve in whatever capacity I am called to do.
Being a homemaker has come naturally for me. I enjoy cooking and entertaining in our home. We like to open our home throughout the year for little parties for our family and friends.
As of this writing, I will be participating in the National Mah Jongg Tournament on June 28 to 30, 2019. Would you like to learn the game?
By the way, I have a third-degree brown belt in Shudokan Karate.