Our Staff

The Rev. Dr. John Hawco, Senior Pastor

John grew up in NYC. He was born again through the television ministry of Billy Graham in 1971 at the age of 21 while in college at the City University of NY. His conversion was simultaneous with a call to ministry. He changed majors and graduated in Religious Studies and went on to earn his MDiv from Denver Seminary. He has pastored primarily Conservative Baptist churches in Colorado, Arizona and New York until his life-work experience of pastoring Union Center Christian Church in Endicott, NY, for 22 years. 

Cheri grew up in Oneonta, NY, and graduated from SUNY, Oneonta with a BS in Elementary Ed. She accepted Christ as a child, and has stayed on the path as a follower of Christ ever since. She met John at Camp Hope in Carmel, NY, a Christian ministry for physically limited children. Cheri has served as a teacher in children’s ministry for over 30 years. 

John and Cheri have 5 adult children 4 of whom are married: Christin (Tommy, granddaughter Teagan and grandson Aidan), Carin (Greg), Stephen (Shannon), Stacie (Matt), and Timothy.

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Derek Balaam, Administrative Assistant Pastor

Derek and his wife Carolyn recently moved from the UK to the USA to be near their grandchildren, after their son came to the USA to marry. Derek graduated from Moorlands Bible College on the South Coast of England in 1985 and has pastored a couple of churches. He previously worked as a science teacher. He retired in 2011 and now helps part-time at Harmony.

Tim Strait, Assistant Pastor

After coming to know  at a young age, Tim has been actively involved with youth since graduating high school and spent twelve years serving under his father Pastor Herb Strait. Tim met his wife Ashlee at a local church in 2005 and they were married in 2008. They have two daughters. For the past ten years Tim and Ashlee have served in ministry together.

Kevin Barry, Harmony Christian School Administrator

Mr. Barry is married to Diane and they have two daughters. He is a graduate of Orange County Community College (Associates) and Trinity Bible Institute (B.A.). He taught high school science for eight years before becoming school administrator.