Randall Harris

Randall Harris was born as the second and only male child of Shirley Harris Brown among the other four girls. He was baptized at an early age of nine at the Bernardtown Baptist Church in Spruces of South Coatesville.

After being baptized, unknown to many he received a call from the Master to preach the gospel at an early age of 14 but was too scared to really acknowledge that call. Finally in April of 1971 he delivered his initial sermon at the Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ under the pastorate of the Late Elder Jacob John Meeks. In July 2008 Rev. Harris accepted the call to pastor the Tabernacle Baptist Church. Not only is he the senior pastor there, he is also the president of the Minister’s Alliance of Coatesville and Vicinity as well as a Professor of the Eagle Eye Bible Ministry Institute.

Early in his ministry, Rev. Harris was sent via the United States Army to Germany where he started a gospel service, preaching and singing to other Americans and German nationals, where many of them came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

After leaving Germany he was called to serve in Alabama for a few years before being assigned to Pittsburgh, Pa where in 1975 while serving as choir director and on the Ministerial Staff, Reverend Harris was asked to serve as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Braddock Hills until returning to Europe for the second time.

Pastor Harris retired from the military in 1991 after serving in the Pentagon and the White House with two presidents, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Pittsburgh became a second home to him where he became even deeper entrenched as a notable “STEELERS” fan. Pastor Harris was introduced to Harty Bible School where he began studying for higher education in biblical studies. Later he would attend the Troy State University, the University of Maryland, European Division and other schools to received his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Criminology and Sociology while serving his tour in the military.

For the past nine years Reverend Dr. Randall M. Harris has been serving as the Senior Pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church, along with six Associate Ministers.

Prior to becoming pastor Reverend Harris taught elementary school for ten years in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Along with teaching, he lectures, ministers and teaches at various conferences throughout the United States and Europe, training champions for Christ. When not traveling you can always find Reverend Harris sharing his ministry in the community, visiting with his son Patrick, daughter Randi and his grandson Dylan. Besides his work and ministry at Tabernacle, Reverend Harris is the Second Vice President of the Delaware Chester and Adjoining Counties Baptist Sunday school Union, serves on the board of Hope Beyond Boarders and a board member of Lincoln University. Pastor Harris also serves as Chaplain for the Coatesville Police Department and a Senator for the American Baptist Church Ministers Council and the Board of Governors.

Tabernacle has been blessed to have many programs and activities initiated during his time as pastor. In 2008, he established a girls mentoring program called “STARS”. Seeing there were many children who needed help in school, the After School Tutoring program was developed and many of our local children came and increased their reading and especially math skills. In coordination with the Mother’s Board ministry, coats and book bags are given annually to under privileged children. Each year Pastor Harris saw an ever-increasing need to supply food baskets to many families who were in need and now some 300 turkeys are given out to the community. For several Christmas holidays, Pastor Harris gathered over 1500 toys and several bikes given to the children in the church and in the community. Each week at Tabernacle anyone can come and receive food, fruit and vegetables year long.

His tenure as Second Vice President of the local NAACP, during the school year after school many student benefited from a program called ACTSO enhancing their skills in building robots, cars and other mechanical items to compete in the National ACTSO NAACP program.

In March and June of 2014 respectively, his latest accomplishment was the writing of a book called “Delegate or Die” and receiving his Doctorate Degree. His book is in demand of him doing lectures and conferences throughout the church circuit. Rev. Harris is married to Kisha Browning Harris and together have four children, Patrick, David, Randi and Kristen.

Pastor Harris plans to resume additional studies at Palmer Theological Seminary to complete additional course work in Pastoral Counseling and is currently striving to complete another two books called “ Saints with Sinners problems and Who Pastor’s the Pastor.”

My greatest desire is to see others in the body of Christ grow and know their purpose and potential in God because only what you do for Christ will last.

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