Rev. Dr. H. L. Harvey, Jr. is the pastor of the New Friendship Baptist Church located in Cincinnati, Ohio and has served in this capacity for 39 years.
Pastor Harvey announced his retirement effective June 12, 2016.
Under Dr. Harvey's leadership, New Friendship has become known as the church where “Everybody is Somebody” and a place where God's Holy Spirit is welcomed.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Dr. Harvey has served in various capacities including:
Newly Appointed Statistician for the National Baptist Convention, USA
Past General Chair of the 2008 Local Entertainment Committee of the
National Baptist Convention, USA
Past First Vice President of the Ohio Baptist State Convention
Past President of the Ohio Baptist State Convention
Past Statistician for the National Baptist Convention, USA
Past Moderator for the Cincinnati Baptist District Association
Past Chairman of Operation PUSH
Pastor Harvey has received numerous honorariums and awards. Most recently, on August 14, 2010, Whittier Street in Avondale was recognized as Harvey Place, in honor of our dynamic pastor. The plaques formalizing the honor are located on the corner of Whittier and Reading Rd and across the street from the church on Reading Rd. Pastor Harvey is a generous person and believes in helping anyone, no matter where they are.
He received a Honorary Doctorate Decree from Temple Bible College and is also an inductee into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Preacher's Hall of Fame located on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the recipient of the Official "Key to the City" Awards presented by the Cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Loraine and Toledo, Ohio.
He was recently inducted in "Who’s Who in America" on the Heritage Registry located in the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
He also served on the Lincoln Heights Police Force 1965-1967.
Pastor Harvey has recorded two albums: "The Huddle Is Not The Game" a Sermon recorded live, along with the New Friendship Baptist Church Choirs in 1978, at The Greater Second Baptist Church, Hamilton, OH. This album was produced by Rev. Dr. Jerry E. Williams and featured Mrs. Cozie L. Benford - Pianist, Mrs. Lorine Piphus, Pianist, Mr. Fred Piphus, Jr., Organist and Mrs. Dolores Walker as Director.
The album also included the following solos:
King of Kings - Fred Piphus, Jr., It Is Well With My Soul - Hazel Watts
and Walk This Road To Glory - Alan Carter.
The second album, "Lord, Teach Me How To Lie, Beg, Steal And Get Drunk" a Sermon recorded live, December 3, 1982. The St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, Cincinnati, OH was filled to capacity. In the pulpit were three Pastors:
a Pentecostal - Rev. Abraham Swanson,
a Baptist - Rev. H.L. Harvey, Jr., and a
Catholic - Father Dennis J. Kinderman. Like the first Pentecost, it was the first time people of many demoninations gathered in a Roman Catholic Church to hear God's word preached by pastors of three denominations. The Spirit of the Lord overcame the spirit of competition and division. The Spirit of Jesus overcame the spirit of jealousy and rivalry. This album shares the grace of that holy night in December. We hope never to forget that night when we witnessed what God can do. All who were there can testify that "there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and who works through all, and is in all." (Eph. 4, 5 & 6)
Dr. Harvey is married to Sis. Mable Coleman Harvey and is the proud father of 5 children.
As it is stated in 3 John 1:2, Pastor Harvey's continual prayer for all of God's people is "that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." His favorite salutation is "May The Lord God Bless You Real Good!"