Steve Harsh is an ordained pastor in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served six churches in Ohio from 1969-1995 and from 1995-2007 was on the staff of the Interprofessional Commission at Ohio State University, an education program that teaches and promotes collaboration among clergy and other helping professionals. Steve was the director of that program from 2001 until he retired in 2007. In retirement Steve has served as a part-time associate pastor at Jerome UMC (2007-14) and currently is a regular part of the preaching team at Northwest UMC in Columbus.
Steve is a life-long Buckeye, growing up in Wapakoneta, Ohio and earning two degrees from Ohio State University, a B.A. in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Speaking. He graduated with honors with an M.Div. from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 1971. In 2010 Steve was honored by MTSO with the John and Ruth Mount Alumni Award for service to the school.
Steve taught Homiletics (preaching) as an adjunct faculty member for 20 years at MTSO. His classes included “Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Preaching” and a course on Narrative and Prophetic preaching. He has also taught Religion and Human Nature at Otterbein University and public speaking at the OSU Marion campus as an adjunct professor. In 2011 Steve published Building Peace from the Inside Out: Stories for Peace Seekers and Peacemakers, a collection of faith-based stories and plays.
He and his wife, Diana Hoffman, live near Columbus, Ohio. Diana is a retired teacher and owner of her own business, Active Healthy Lifestyles. Steve and Diana have 3 grown children and 7 wonderful grandchildren, Steve’s hobbies and interests include drama, reading, sports, and enjoying his grandchildren.