Pastor Raleigh M. Harris, Jr.
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-12
Rev. Raleigh M. Harris, Jr. is the son of Raleigh M. Harris, Sr. and Deaconess Jane Louise Harris. He and his older sibling, Nicole Jones, were born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia and attended public schools in York County, Virginia.
Rev. Harris accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 15 and was baptized by the late Dr. Glenwood Morgan. He joined Mount Gilead Baptist Church in Williamsburg, VA and served as a junior usher until he left home to join the military.
Rev. Harris enlisted in the United States Navy on July 2, 1990 at the age of 17. He served his country for 10 years, earning the rank of Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class.
In 2000, Rev. Harris accepted a position as a firefighter in Prince William County. He served primarily in the eastern district of Prince William County at Station 18. He taught the “Learn Not to Burn” program to the youth in neighboring elementary schools. In 2001 Rev. Harris was among the four firefighters hand-chosen from Prince William County to aid in the stabilization of the Pentagon after the attack on our Nation on September 11.
In 2002, Rev. Harris entered the Prince William County (PWC) Police Academy. Upon graduation, he transferred to the PWC Police Department as a patrolman. He is currently a detective in the Violent Crimes Unit.
In 1996, Rev. Harris married Shirley Harris. God blessed them with three sons: Micah, Samuel, and Eran.
In 1997, Rev. Harris accepted the call for gospel ministry and was licensed by his father in the ministry, Reverend Dr. Alfred Jones, Jr. of the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Triangle, VA. In January 2014 Rev. Harris was ordained. In July of the same year, he was called to serve at the Jericho Baptist Church in Ruther Glen, VA. He was elected as the pastor of Jericho in May 2015.
Rev. Harris is currently seeking his formal education at Liberty University. He attributes everything that he has accomplished to God’s grace over his life and his understanding family. His heart is for the people of God and considers himself a servant to the Most High and His people. His mantra scripture is Micah 6:8 (KVJ), “He hath shewed thee, o man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God?”