History and Bio of Dr. Garon Harden
2009 – Glendale University PHD
2000 – PHD Family Counseling
1999 – Long Beach Leadership
1995 – Southern California Community Bible College – D.D.
1994 – Southern California Community Bible College – B.TH.
1968 – Long Beach City College – A.A.
1964 – Blytheville High School, Arkansas
CURRENTLY – Pastor & Founder – Greater Open Door COGIC
CURRENTLY – President of Long Beach Bible College
CURRENTLY – Superintendent of the Greater Open Door District
CURRENTLY – Superintendent of the West LA Region of Southern California First Jurisdiction
Served 15 Years as President of The Long Beach Ministers Alliance
Served on Advisory Panel for Supervisor Deane Dana
Served on Transitional Team for Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill
Chaplain for the Long Beach Police Department
Co-Founder of the Long Beach Community Action Committee
Served on member of the Long Beach Cable Commission
Served on the Presidential Search Committee at Long Beach City College’s Liberal Art Campus
Pastor Garon Harden loves the Lord with all his soul and with all his might. Saved May, 1964 and filled with the Holy Spirit, June 12, 1964, Dr. Harden yielded to the divine call to ministry, October 1965. Ordained as an Elder in 1978 by the Church of God in Christ (COGIC organization, under the leadership of the late Bishop J. A. Blake, Dr. Harden currently serves as pastor of the Greater Open Door Church of God in Christ and appointed as the District Superintendent of the Great Open Door District, under the leadership of Bishop Joe L Ealy, prelate of the Southern California First Jurisdiction, COGIC. Dr. Harden conducts revivals, seminars, and workshops in varying venues whenever called upon, and is currently the Jurisdictional Superintendent for the Greater Open Door District under the auspices of Southern California Jurisdiction number one. Dr. Garon Harden not only serves as pastor and founder of the Greater Open Door World Wide Ministries COGIC, but additionally serves in the following capacities:
The importance of higher education has been a focal point of Dr. Garon Harden’s quest for effective ministry. Dr. Garon Harden earned a Ph.D. in Family Christian counseling and a Master of Divinity at M.T.I., as low receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity and Bachelor of Theology from Southern California Bible College. As a graduate and alumni of Leadership Long Beach, a prestigious organization, Dr. Garon Harden is a prolific teacher, teaching at various bible Colleges since 1995, and continues to instruct at Long Beach Bible College.Dr. Garon Harden is highly respected in the secular community. Visible political leaders call upon Him many times for prayer, counsel and advice.
Dr. Garon Harden models family devotion, married for 53 years to his childhood sweetheart, Evangelist Dr. Betty J. Harden. They are also the proud parents of 5 children, 18 grand children and 13 great-grand children.