Pastor Vance Catlin has announced his retirement. His last day will be Sunday January 28.
Pastor Vance founded Harmony Baptist Church 24 years ago in the garage of his home. Through God’s grace and Pastor Vance’s hard work, dedication and leadership Harmony Baptist Church has grown into what it is today.
Please pray for Pastor Vance and his family as they start this next chapter in their lives.
Please also pray for the leadership and members of our church as we start the process of selecting a new Pastor to lead God’s flock at Harmony.
Brother Catlin was born in Alma, Michigan on October 10, 1946 to Mr. & Mrs. John H. Catlin. While in elementary school, his parents answered the call of God to full time service and his father became a church planting missionary with Hiawatha Land Independent Baptist Missions, (now known as Continental Baptist Missions) He spent his teen years in Curtis, Michigan where his father pastored Curtis Baptist Church. He accepted Christ as his Savior after an evening chapel service while attending Summer Bible Camp as a 16 year old teen.
After graduation from high school, Brother Catlin satisfied his military obligation with service in the United States Marine Corps. After his discharge from the military, he came to Tampa, Florida to visit some friends and while in Tampa, applied to become a police officer with the Tampa Police Department and was hired after a few weeks. Shortly after being hired by the Tampa Police Department he met his future wife, Sandra. They were married on September 6, 1968. Brother Catlin and his wife have one son, John and daughter in law Erika, and three grandchildren, Julia, Haley and Jack
He has said his role model in life was his father, who never had to chance to hear him preach as his father went home to be with the Lord in January of 1972, but his mother Elaine was very supportive and encouraging to him until she went home to be with the Lord in 2003.Prior to founding Harmony Baptist Church, Brother Catlin and his family was active in Good Shepherd Baptist Church where he served on the Deacon Board, taught Sunday School, served as music and choir director for several years, it was during this time that the Lord began to deal with him about full time ministry and after surrendering to whatever the Lord wanted him to do, the Lord called Brother Catlin to Preach in 1992 and he was ordained in April of that year.
From March of 1994 until June of 2000, Pastor Catlin held down a full time job with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and also pastored Harmony Baptist Church. But in June of 2000 after 32 years in law enforcement Brother Catlin retired to become a fulltime pastor
Brother Catlin’s life verse is Philippians 2:16: “Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
Brother Lee was born to Mr. & Mrs. Buster Osborne on July 25, 1953 in Bluefield, West Virginia. He has an older brother and four sisters. In 1960 the family moved to the Plant City area.
Brother Lee attended Plant City High School and met his true love, Diane, in the 10th grade. After graduating they were married on July 31, 1971. They have two daughters, Angela & Christa. Angela is married to George Harris and they have 6 children. Christa is married to Kerrwyn Richardson and they have 2 children.
Brother Lee was saved at East Thonotosassa Baptist Church in February 1965. He was licensed to preach by Eastside Baptist Church, Plant City in 1970.
Brother Lee served in the Air Force for 20 years. Throughout his enlistment he served the Lord in several different ministries to include church bus driver, Sunday School teacher, deacon, song leader and preacher. In 1978 he founded Victory Baptist Church in Upper Heyford, England and pastored there for several years. In 1992 he retired from the Air Force and returned to Florida where he continued to serve in different churches while working several different jobs.
Brother Lee & Sister Diane joined Harmony Baptist Church in 2011 and have been actively involved ever since. After teaching an adult class for four years, Brother Lee was called to be Associate Pastor in September 2015 and became full time in that ministry in November 2015.
Brother lee’s favorite verse is Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”