Harlan grew up on a farm northwest of Ladora, Iowa. It was there, through the influence of his parents and his older brother, that he came to realize his need for Jesus Christ, and at the age of seven he placed his faith in Christ for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life.
Harlan has earned a B.A. in Classical Greek from the University of Iowa (1970), a Th.M. in New Testament Literature and Exegesis from Dallas Theological Seminary (1974), and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Cambridge Graduate School (1998).
Harlan has served as a pastor and teacher at churches in Iowa and Texas for over thirty years. He has spoken at Bible camps and Bible conferences in Iowa, Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado. Since July 2008 he ahs been serving as the Senior Pastor of Grace Chapel Castle Rock in Castle Rock, Colorado..
Sharon is Harlan's partner in life and in ministry. Harlan and Sharon have two children and seven grand-children.
Harlan is the founder of Wisdom From Above and he is the author of Setting the Stage for Eternity.
Harlan enjoys being outdoors, he enjoys hunting, and he enjoys playing tennis and golf. Harlan has a great love for the Lord and a genuine love for people. Harlan's passion is to see lives transformed into conformity with Christ through the teaching of the Scriptures. He finds great delight in studying the Word, putting it into practice, and sharing its truths with others. He is well known for his expository preaching and his Bible teaching. His teaching is personal, practical, motivational, enthusiastic, and life-changing!