A Christian Liberal Arts University, Est. 1846

Cathy Harner

Professor of Social Work & Director of Social Work Education
  • PhD, Social Work, University of Illinois (1991)
  • MSW, Interpersonal, Individual, & Mental Health, IUPUI (1984)
  • BS, Bible, Philadelphia College of Bible (1978)


Advice to Incoming Students

As you embark on your journey of higher education, always seek God’s wisdom, as opposed to man’s interpretation, when making decisions about your values that will affect your impact on others and ultimately their impression of the Kingdom of God. God has given you opportunities to pursue for ‘such a time as this.’

Why I Came to Taylor

I came to Taylor because I wanted to have a part in developing Christian social workers who would not be offensive to those that the society and the church had forgotten. I have a passion to be the ‘hands and feet of Christ’ to a hurting world who needs to see the loving side of our Father. I want others to see the miracle that He has (and is continuing to) worked in my life and as a result seek a relationship with Him as well.


Travel; photography; tennis; music; technology toys; and the beach, sun, and sand

I am part of a music duo called “Blessed.” We play music for any occasion but always for God’s glory!

Major Career Accomplishments

I’ve had the opportunity to see God’s creation all over the world. I am always amazed at the variety of gifts that He bestows on different people and people groups. I have learned from the people in South Korea, Ecuador, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, and India. I had the opportunity for several experiences in Sri Lanka. I was able to teach the Helping Troubled Families class in a seminary there and helped set up an interviewing space and procedure for victims of child abuse. I was able to develop a child abuse prevention and education programs that was integrated into public and private school education and the publication of two children’s books in three languages. These books are in the process of being placed in the hands of every child in Sri Lanka. My latest venture is to understand the social service system in Bahamas and possible assist with the development of research projects to measure effectiveness of services. I am grateful for these opportunities and realize that I have learned far more from these people than I was able to give in return.