Rev. Dr. Leander Harding
The Rev. Dr. Leander Harding led the February 2012 meeting of the Pastor Theologians of Bangor.
Dr. Harding graduated from Andover Newton Theological School and completed his Ph.D. at Boston College.
From 1979 to 1984, Dr. Harding was Vicar of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Mars Hill, Maine. He also served the Church of the Good Shepherd in Houlton while its Rector was on Sabbatical. He has a good working knowledge of Maine and of small churches.
From 1984-89, he was Rector of the Church of Our Saviour in Arlington, Massachusetts. After that, and until 2005, he was Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Stamford, CT. His long experience as a parish priest gives him a deep knowledge of the needs of pastors and of the shape of pastoral theology as seen from the parish. Dr. Harding was a member of the Pastor-Theologian Program of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton. He has served at Chaplain at the Merely Anglican conferences. His home Diocese is the Diocese of South Carolina.
His life experience includes work in the construction trades, commercial agriculture, wood harvesting and agriculture related business. He raised sheep in Maine and he was known at Andover Newton Theological School as “the guy who has the sheep dogs”! Dr. Harding is also a blues harmonica player.
Dr. Harding has written a number of books. His latest is In the Breaking of the Bread: a User's Guide to a Service of Holy Communion in the Anglican Tradition.