Dr. Harms was born and raised in Port Townsend Washington. He is a retired Army Chaplain with combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He first served in the United States Army for six years as a Hebrew Linguist, and then for another seventeen years as an Army Chaplain. He received a D.Min. from Erskine Theological Seminary, a Master’s degree from the Baltimore Hebrew University (Judaic Studies), and a Bachelor’s degree from BYU. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, and the Hebrew Course at the Defense Language Institute. Dr Harms was the Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Army’s Chaplain Advanced Course. He completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and has worked as a supervisory Hospital Chaplain (Chaplain Senior Clinician). He has experience in Combat Ministry, Post Traumatic Healing and Growth, Hospital Ministry, Jewish History, and Hebrew Studies. He is married to the former Heidi Harper of Olympia, Washington. They have seven children and two grandchildren.
Courses Taught: Ethics, Professional Roles and Standards of the Chaplaincy, World Religions & Security Analysis, World Religions & Area Analysis, Pastoral Counseling and Chaplain Care Ministry, Healthcare Ministry, Homiletics, Armed Forces Chaplaincy History.
Areas of Expertise: Hospital Ministry, Armed Forces Chaplaincy, Hebrew Studies.
Areas of Academic Interest: Chaplaincy, Healthcare Ministry, Post Traumatic Growth, Moral Injury, World Religions and Security Analysis, Judaic Studies, Hebrew.
Languages: Modern and Biblical Hebrew, Brazilian Portuguese