Pastor Harris fills in as interim minister at Crossroads Wesleyan Church

Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial has been in search of a new pastor since Todd Burpo and family moved to Colorado last summer.
    Pastor Phil Harris, now of Colorado Springs, Colo., has accepted a position as interim minister until the position can be filled, or at least through May.
    Harris said the local leadership and district leaders for the Wesleyan church are doing a good job of taking care of the congregation and searching for a new pastor.
    There are several possible ministers being considered for the position, but all the pieces need to come together to be the right fit, he said.
    Harris said it was easy to come back to Imperial because part of their hearts are still here, and it is a great place to live.
    Harris and his wife, Betty Lou, are living in their RV in Imperial while helping take care of the needs of the local church.
    Harris said they are not strangers to living in an RV.
    Even though they owned stick-built homes throughout their life, he said, they have lived in travel trailers for 22 years because they were always on the road.
    “It’s quite cozy,” Harris smiled.
    He said he was amazed how everything fell into place for them to come back here.
    “Since I semi-retired, we have been selling our travel trailers and spending more time in our home,” he said.
    The only one left was the 5th wheel they are currently staying in, he added. They had it for sale for five or six months with no interest shown at all, while all their other trailers sold immediately.
    “When we came back here, our same spot to hook up was still available, our same post office box was still available and Betty Lou was immediately welcomed back to the school as a substitute para,” he said.

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