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Tom Harrison

Senior Pastor

Office: 918.392.1113

Serving as the Senior Pastor since 1993, Pastor Tom Harrison’s ultimate goal is sharing the greatest message ever told. In fact, each year he loves to take people to Israel to experience the Holy Land firsthand. He has led 17 trips over the years and says, “Each time I learn something new and come back to Asbury energized and ready to share the Gospel.”

Pastor Tom has served in ministry for 41 years - 25 years at Asbury and 16 years at smaller churches all over Oklahoma including Vici, Sallisaw and Sunny Lane.

Pastor Tom speaks from his heart and believes that when he talks to the congregation, it’s like talking to his friends or to “friends he hasn’t met yet!” One of his greatest joys comes from visiting with members: “I like hearing what God’s doing in their lives and when they come to Christ. I feel privileged to be a part of the process of changed lives.” 

He also loves to share stories of hope and encouragement through his “Perceptions” radio spots which reaches thousands of northeastern Oklahomans each day. These “Perceptions” radio spots, are compiled each year into a volume that are available for people to enjoy. He has authored 18 volumes and sells them for $5 every December.

Tom’s pride and joy is being “Pops” to his four grandchildren, “Dad” to three children, “Husband” to Dana since 1979 and “Brother” to Allen and his late sister Kathy. Tom is an avid history/biography buff and is also known as the St. Louis Cardinal’s biggest baseball fan. 

  • B.A. in Ministry, Oral Roberts University
  • M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Honorary Doctorate, Oklahoma City University
  • Honorary Doctorate and Distinguished Alumnus, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Ordained Deacon and Elder, United Methodist Church
  • 2012 Hall of Fame Member, Will Rogers High School

Pastor Tom's Reading List

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

by Stephen R Covey
(personal development, management, productivity, time management)

Prayer Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

by Timothy Keller
(prayer, spiritual disciplines)

Prayer Does It Make Any Difference

by Philip Yancey
(prayer, Christian living)

The Gospel Comes with a House Key

by Rosaria Butterfield
(hospitality, evangelism, outreach)

The Coddling of the American Mind

by Greg Lukianoff
(sociology, parenting, culture)

Love Does

by Bob Goff
(spiritual growth, faith)

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels

by Kenneth E Bailey
(biblical studies, culture, and history)

Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme

by David Kinnaman
(Christian living, culture)

Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

by Richard Foster
(spiritual disciples, prayer, fasting)

Born Again

by Charles W Colson
(autobiography of former special counsel to President Richard Nixon)

Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change

by Tod Bolsinger
(Christian living, leadership, and mentoring)

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

by James Clear
(productivity, personal development)

The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty Goodness and Truth

by James Bryan Smith
(Christian living, spiritual growth, discipleship)

Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better

by Brant Hansen
(Christian living, spiritual growth, forgiveness, anger, emotional health)

The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

by David Brooks
(ethics, community, sociology)

Necessary Ending

by Henry Cloud
(leadership, interpersonal relationships)

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