PERU – Harry and Debbie Horne

We have supported the ministry of the Hornes for many years. For contact information, to find out more about the Hornes’ activities or to donate to their mission, please visit their mission website. Harry and Debbie Horne were first appointed workers with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1983. Their most recent appointment, which began in July 2004, is in Lima, Perú, where Harry is assigned to the Recinto Universitario Teológico (RUT), a theological education institution related to the Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana in Costa Rica, and Debbie is assigned to Joining Hands against Hunger, Perú. Harry teaches Bible and biblical language courses at the RUT and Debbie is also the site coordinator for the Young Adult Volunteer Program. Joining Hands is the receiving network for the YAVs in Peru.

About the Recinto Teológico, Harry writes: “The story of the Recinto is the story of the ministries of our students. We have no resident students. They come from all around Lima. They come from busy lives, some as pastors and some as lay leaders with secular occupations, but all deeply involved in the church. We exist to give them a chance to reflect on and inform their ministries with a deepened understanding of God’s Word for us.”

Debbie says: “Some things one cannot prepare for, even after 15 years in the mission field. I wasn’t totally prepared for all the blessings God would pour out on me through my connections and relationships with young adults. Nor was I prepared for all the love and pride that would well up in me when sharing about what these young adults are doing in their communities, churches, and within their Peruvian host families. I was not prepared to witness the growth and transformation of these young adults.”

Prior to their assignment in Lima, the Hornes served from 1994 to 2003 in Guatemala with the Seminario Evangélico Presbiteriano (SEP) and the Central American Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies (CEDEPCA). While at SEP Harry taught a variety of Bible and theology courses and developed curriculum resources for the seminary and outlying centers. Debbie was the director and teacher at La Escuelita at SEP, a preschool and kindergarten program that the Hornes started.

The Hornes’ first appointment as PC(USA) mission workers was from 1983 to 1987, when Harry served as a youth minister and Christian educator in Grand Cayman in the Caribbean. After that term of service, the Hornes returned to the United States, where Harry accepted a call to be the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Darien, Georgia. While there Debbie obtained a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and taught first grade.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Harry graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. He later earned his Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas and his Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Harry has been pastor of Parkway Presbyterian Church in Panama City, Florida, and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Florida, and associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church, also in Jacksonville. A native of Jacksonville, Debbie worked for Stockton, Whatley, Davin and Company and the Duval Federal Savings and Loan Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia. Harry is a clergy member of Savannah Presbytery, and Debbie is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Darien, Georgia. Harry and Debbie are the parents of four adult children: Amy, Eddie, Stephen, and Sarah.


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