Jim Harriger has been preparing for community development with Bridge of Faith for forty-nine years. Starting as a camp counselor for junior high, inner-city boys, God has led him through school and jobs to be ready for ministry in Rockaway Beach. He transferred colleges in order to start working full-time with the York Rescue Mission Youth Program, which he then directed for two years after graduating with a BA in Mathematics.
God added Mary as his wife to work beside him in 1974, first at the York Rescue Mission, then for eleven years at the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle, WA. While there, he moved from youth work, to Assistant Director of the Mission while finishing his Masters in Christian Education. While there was more to accomplish in Seattle, God had another job for the family.
In 1987 Jim, Mary and their daughters Sarah and Annah moved to Kansas City, Missouri where Jim served for three and one-half years as the first Director of Education for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. The family spent two years in training in Washington, DC with the Central Union Mission, and then was called to Springfield, Missouri where Jim became the Executive Director of Victory Mission. He served in Springfield for twenty-three years, leading the mission to grow in facilities, programs, staff and budget. As he retired in January, 2016, he was referred to in one news story as an “icon of the community”. You too can be an icon of your community: simply start each day with Jesus, then show up for the job He has assigned you to do. Do this consistently over 23 years, and you will be an icon.
Jim and Mary made Rockaway Beach home in June, 2016. They enjoy the Lake, the community, the people, and the opportunity to watch their six grandchildren grow.