Dr. Harlan D. Betz
Senior Pastor at Grace Chapel in Castle Rock, CO – Bible Teacher – Motivational Speaker
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 began preaching when he was in college, and he has served in the pastorate ever since graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Sharon is Harlan’s partner in life and in ministry. Sharon has served on Women’s Ministries Leadership Teams and she has sung in choirs. She enjoys playing tennis with Harlan. Sharon and Harlan have two children: Joshua, a graduate of Midwestern State University, is married to Jill Thompson, lives in Texas, and has five children; and Sarah, a graduate of Wheaton College, is married to Mark Loeffler, lives in California, and has three children.
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!
B.A. in classical Greek from the University of Iowa, 1970
Th.M. in New Testament Literature and Exegesis from Dallas Theological Seminary, 1974.
Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Cambridge Graduate School, 1998.
Youth Pastor at Irving Bible Church, Irving, Texas from 1972-1976.
Church Planting Pastor at LeMars Bible Church, LeMars, Iowa from 1976-1982.
Pastor at Lake Ray Hubbard Bible Church, Rockwall, Texas from 1982-1992.
Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church, Spencer, Iowa from 1992-1998.
Senior Pastor of Kingwood Bible Church, Kingwood, Texas from 1998-2006.
Interim Senior Pastor of Southway Community Church, Houston, Texas from 2007 -2008.
Senior Pastor at Grace Chapel Castle Rock, Castle Rock, Colorado from 2008 to present.
Bible Conference speaker at youth and family camps in Texas, Iowa, and Colorado.
Writings and Creative Works:
Harlan has authored and recorded several Audio-Cassette Albums:
The Creation, The Fall, The Flood, The Secrets of Samuel, Elijah the Prophet, How to Respond When Life Is Not Fair, Shipping Out and Shaping Up, Talking With Our Father, Calvary’s Major Figures, How to Have a Godly Marriage, Discovering His Call, How to Walk the Walk, How to Be Spirit-Filled, How to Win in Spiritual Warfare, The Models of Grace.
Harlan has authored and published one book:
Setting the Stage for Eternity
Activities, Associations and Awards:
Danforth “I Dare You” Award as “Most Outstanding Male Leader.”
D.H. Zentmire Award as “Most Outstanding Male Leader”
Member of National Honor Society.
Elected President of “Ambassadors for Christ” in Des Moines, Iowa.
Initiated into “Eta Sigma Phi” Honorary Fraternity at University of Iowa.
Elected President of 3rd year class at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Graduated “Magna Cum Laude” from Cambridge Graduate School in 1998.
Listed in the National Directory of Who’s Who in 1997-1998 and in 1998-1999.
Listed in Lexington Who’s Who in 1999-2000.
Listed in National Register’s Who’s Who in 2005-2006.
Listed in Madison Who’s Who in 2005-2006.
Enjoys hunting, golf, and tennis.
Loves to see lives changed through teaching the Scriptures.