Comedienne, Inspirational Women's Speaker
God allowed her to be born talking... and funny. Then, life experiences starting at age five covered her with anxiety, extreme fearfulness, withdrawal and ultimately depression. But, a sensitive heart for God and trusting Him at the age of seven would eventually change everything. Author of Married Beyond Recognition and Every Time I Go Home I Break Out in Relatives, Sylvia Harney rediscovered a gift for laughter in her early twenties while attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Following Belmont she came to the attention of folks who wanted her to be the next Minnie Pearl, or the Christian version of Lily Tomlin, and she began to do comedy with country music artists. To this day, Sylvia Harney remains the only comic the late Minnie Pearl ever personally introduced to the Grand Ole Opry stage.
All the while, Sylvia was aware of an enormous hunger for God’s word. She memorized it…wrote it on cards that lived inside her handbag and could be ‘whipped out’ at a second's notice. She planned her day around the radio teachings of some of God’s true giants, such as Chuck Swindoll and Kay Arthur, later taking every Precept course and eventually teaching them in her own church. She listened to God’s gentle nudge and left that other world in a cloud of dust, never to look back.
When asked how she lives each day or where her exuberance comes from she says, “I begin every day putting my entire life in God’s enormous, trustworthy hand, I ask Him to guide, shelter and protect, then I just stay in His Word, trust Him and show up expecting Him to be there! I live each day as a brand new morning, a gift from God’s own hand.”
“Sylvia was truly a blessing. Her testimony was powerful and her entire delivery was so engaging. I have heard many positive comments from the ladies who attended.”
-Laurie Gruner, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
“WOW! What a weekend. You were absolutely fantastic! Not only were you funny, but you provided powerful truths and Biblical insights that have challenged us all. Our evaluation forms reflect raving reviews of how God has used you to inform, encourage and instruct our ladies to surrender their ‘words’ and ‘worlds’ to Him! Thank you for your sweet, humble spirit and your willingness to laugh at life and enjoy people.”
-Cheryl Rowland, North Arkansas Nazarene Ladies
“It was such a joy to minister with you in Mississippi!” You did a wonderful job encouraging and uplifting the ladies. God is really using you!”
- Rhonda Kelley, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
“Sylvia, you are truly a professional. You got our immediate attention and kept everyone in the palm of your hand with the laughter, love and sincerity that followed.”
- Jack Annan, Colorado Young Farmers
“Thank you, thank you! You were an answer to prayer...there is no question that this event was ordained of God. The messages that you delivered, and the spirit in which they were done, were a tremendous blessing! The responses from the people were a clear indication that people’s lives were touched by God through you.
- Dave Bjorklund, Crisis Pregnancy Center of Willmar, MN
“Thank you for your obedience to the Lord’s leading! Your evident up-to-date relationship with the Lord and interest in the women that attended camp gave great credibility to the message you shared.”
- Major Camie Bender, The Salvation Army of Sioux Falls, SD