Rev. Dr. James H. Harris
THE REVEREND DR. JAMES H. HARRIS is the Distinguished Professor and Chair of Preaching and Pastoral Theology at the School of Theology, Virginia Union University and pastor of Second Baptist Church (West End) both in Richmond, VA. He is one of ten children born to Richard and Carrie Anna Harris in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He has a passion for teaching, preaching, and helping the poor and the oppressed. Dr. Harris works hard to make sure that the young people in his Church and community finish high school and attend college or trade school. He is a former President of the North American Academy of Homiletics and the Urban Coalition for Social Change. At age 23, he earned the Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology, Virginia Union University and that same year became Pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Harris has taught preaching at the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, the American Baptist Churches of the South, and for local churches and pastors. He has been a visiting professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and in the ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He is the author of several books, including No Longer Bound: A Theology of Reading and Preaching (Cascade Books, 2013), The Forbidden Word (Cascade Books, 2012), The Word Made Plain: The Power and Promise of Preaching (Fortress Press, 2004), Preaching Liberation (Fortress Press, 1996), and Pastoral Theology: A Black Church Perspective (Fortress Press, 1991). He is married to Reverend Demetrius B. Harris and they are proud parents of two adult sons, James Corey, a lawyer and Cameron Christopher Harris, a filmmaker.