Center for Family Services Adds James R. Harlan to Board


James R. Harlan

Center for Family Services is proud to announce the addition of Rev. James R. Harlan to its Board of Directors.

Harlan brings extensive experience in a theological career to the Board, having served in a variety of roles in congregations small and large. He currently serves as the 12th rector of the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach.

Alongside parish ministry, Harlan served in Colorado on the Standing Committee, the Commission on Ministry, the diocesan Board of Examining Chaplains, the Commission on Youth Ministry, and the board of directors of Cathedral Ridge, the diocese’s camp and conference center. He also taught Liturgics and Church History at the Iliff School of Theology in the Anglican Studies program and served for many years as a reader for the General Ordination Examination for the Episcopal Church’s General Board of Examining Chaplains.

In the Diocese of Southeast Florida, he currently serves as chair of the Constitution and Canons Committee, as Dean of the North Palm Beach Deanery, and on the Executive Board of the Diocese.

Since he was 20 years old, he has solely focused on serving the church, when he became an assistant youth minister at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver. Harlan, his wife, Eli, and their daughter, Hannah, are enjoying life in Palm Beach. After a productive tenure in Colorado, he loves that he can go out for a run or a bike ride almost every day of the year. Having served in the Navy, but never on a ship, he’s hoping that living just down the street from the ocean will offer opportunities to get to sea.

About Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County: The Center for Family Services is a non-profit social service organization whose goal is to end the generational cycle of family violence, protecting the child and strengthening the family. The organization’s wide range of services in the community include an emergency homeless shelter for families with children, Employee Assistance Program, Individual and Family Counseling, a Recovery Program for substance and alcohol abuse and a home-based Family Therapy program. In addition, the agency operates two home-based early education programs, HIPPY (Home Improvement for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) and the Prenatal Plus Program, and the S.A.F.E. Kids program. The S.A.F.E. Kids program specializes in treating victims of various forms of abuse and/or violence and is the only official sexual abuse treatment provider in Palm Beach County recognized by the Florida Department of Health.

For more than 53 years, the agency has been expanding its services in order to meet the ever changing and growing needs of our community. The Center operates eight programs throughout Palm Beach County and serves more than 15,000 individuals annually. The Center is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation to provide services to families and children, which rank The Center among the elite of family service agencies throughout the country. The Center for Family Services has also received Certification for Excellence from The Center for Non-Profit Excellence. For more information, please visit

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