Pastor Harold Goodloe, a native of Athens, Alabama, was born the fourth of eight children to Leroy and Ella Mae Goodloe on December 4, 1951. The ten family unit included five sons and three daughters. Pastor Goodloe completed his early education in Athens graduating from Trinity High School in 1969. After experiencing several turbulent and troublesome years, as a teenager and young adult, Pastor Goodloe made a total surrender of his life to the Lord, and was baptized in 1983 as a charter member into the New Life SDA Church in Huntsville, Alabama.
On August 24, 1983, Pastor Goodloe married the love of his life, the former Debra Garth, of Decatur, Alabama. They were blessed with five wonderful children – Corey, Harriet, Joey, Mario and Erika. The blessings have continued with eight grandchildren: Jasmin, Little Mario, Isaiah, Zoey, Carrington, Nicholas, India, and Mariah.
About six months after being baptized, Pastor Goodloe felt God’s calling to the ministry. As part of his preparation for this calling he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oakwood College in 1989 receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology. After a year in Seminary at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, Pastor Goodloe began his ministry as Associate Pastor of the Emerald City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Seattle, Washington. The Goodloe’s left Seattle accepting a call to Nevada where he became Senior Pastor of the Abundant Life Seventh-day Adventist Church in Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, during the year 1999, he and the Abundant Life congregation built a new church sanctuary. In 2001 the Real Truth Revelation Seminar was held which resulted in the baptism of 135 new members that led to the establishment of the New Life SDA Church of Las Vegas. Pastor and Mrs. Goodloe returned to Alabama in 2002, to serve as the Senior Pastor of the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, where, during his tenure, over 200 new members were baptized and church attendance increased tremendously.
While in Huntsville, in addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Pastor Goodloe served as a member of the Oakwood Adventist Academy School Board, Director of African-American Ministries for the Nevada-Utah Conference, Board Member for the Northwest Community Development, Executive Director of Huntsville Community Revitalization and Empowerment, Inc., and Chairman of the Human Relations Commission of the City of Huntsville. Community leaders often referred to Pastor Goodloe as the outstanding public and civic minded pastor.
On August 11, 2012 Pastor Goodloe became administrator and servant leader of the Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mobile, Alabama. As his calling to the ministry has been one of a comprehensive vision to follow the commands of Jesus to “Go” spread the gospel, Pastor Goodloe has an eye that includes everything around him, especially programs and organizations in his immediate community. With that vision as part of his genetic gift, Pastor Goodloe extended himself in the Mobile community by becoming affiliated with several civic organizations that included the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance for 5 years where he became 2nd Vice President, People United to Advance the Dream for 6 year where he was Vice President for 2 years, a member of the Mobile Chapter of NAACP, a member of the Police Community Advisory Team for the Mobile Police Department for 2 years, and an active participant of the Serve and Ace Tennis Team.
As the Servant Leader of Emmanuel Pastor Goodloe exercised his gift of Administration by initiating several new programs that included the inception of a Master Plan for Church Growth, a Capital Stewardship Champaign that has secured over $100,000, conducted several public Evangelism Crusades that resulted in the baptism of over 150 souls, started a Community Feeding Ministry that feeds 100 plus families every week, facilitated an annual Summer Sports Camp program for inner city youth, initiated an annual Family and Friends day that celebrated friends from the community, initiated an Annual Luke 14 Banquet that recognizes those with disabilities, initiated a Couples Ministry that enriched couples and contributed financially to the Dumas Wesley Family Ministry program in the city, encouraged members to participate in Black History month by wearing African attire and ending the month with a celebration of Kwanza, and, with the assistance of his helpmate Debra, initiated a Black and White Tea that mentors to young people.
Pastor Goodloe has a passion for young people that drives him to continually look for ways to educate, equip and empower them to excel as Christian servants and leaders in the community. True to this commitment he was an active supporter and spiritual mentor for the Mobile Emmanuel Junior Academy.
And, while in Mobile, with all of his involvement in Community Programs and the varied Church Programs, Pastor Goodloe managed to receive a Master’s of Science Degree in Christian Counseling from William Carey University in May, 2018.
Pastor Goodloe continues to be committed to his calling to discipleship by continuing to follow the command to go and serve. And as his journey continues, so does his commitment to uplift the body of Christ wherever the path leads.
On January 5, 2019 Pastor Goodloe was installed at the Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church in New Orleans, LA where he will continue his mission to win souls for Christ and spread the everlasting message of His Second Coming.