Dr. Antipas L. Harris
Dr. Antipas L. Harris is a man of many talents. From humble beginnings in a small Holiness-Pentecostal church, founded and pastored by his parents, to ultimately becoming an accomplished leader in many industries. Dr. Harris approaches every project and assignment with passionate effort to fulfill God’s purpose for his life. His objective is simple; to help people overcome distress, to reinforce faith, to impart comfort through the arts and to provide stability through education. Harris is a true force to be reckoned with, and he’s not done yet. His motto is “Rise to the Call.”
Antipas grew up in a small rural town called Manchester, Georgia, with a population of approximately 4,000 people. He is the second born of eight children– five boys and three girls. Harris discovered his passion for religion, music and the arts in his parents’ church. A child prodigy, Harris first revealed his gifts of music at 2 years old. By 12 years old, Harris was the lead musician at his home church.
Antipas’ passion was further realized when he founded a singing group with his family that became known as A7. A7 often infused R&B and gospel elements into their “urban inspirational” music. The group became internationally known with their Billboard chart hit single, “Don’t Walk Away”. “
It is obvious that they (A7) have lived this family principle, as they have all developed their talents and gifts, finding Spirit led occupations by depending on the Lord.” Julie Carr, Christianmusic.com, “A7 Review”
Dr. Antipas L. Harris went on to follow his dreams of becoming a theologian and music producer. He was accepted into LaGrange College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in Creative Music Technologies and in Religion. He continued his studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology obtaining a Master of Divinity degree. Then, he earned another Masters degree but this time in Sacred Theology from Yale University Divinity School. Antipas ended his academic pursuits with one more degree, a Doctor of Ministry in Practical Theology (Church and Society) from Boston University. With efforts to learn as much as he can, Antipas also studied at Harvard University, Boston College, and Gordon -Conwell Theological Seminary.
“Since his days at LaGrange College where I was president, Antipas has been an ‘unstoppable’ force. Even then, he showed great promise as a successful musician, theologian, minister and husband.” F. Stuart Gulley, Ph.D. Past President, LaGrange College (LaGrange, GA) President, Woodward Academy (Atlanta, GA)
Dr. Harris is a talented communicator and loves to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has served on the pastoral staffs at A House of the Living God, Church of 2 Jesus Christ and Abundant Life Christian Center in Georgia and at Cornerstone Christian Center and Christ Chapel New Testament Church in Connecticut. Dr. Harris currently serves as Theologian in Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, VA. From pulpits to the street corners, to churches, to large arenas, he has shared the good news and led thousands to faith for nearly 25 years. He has been a mentor for young people and his students as well as a friend to the homeless and downtrodden.
While in seminary, Dr. Antipas served his internship as a chaplain in the Georgia prison system. When he was an associate pastor in New Haven, Connecticut, he participated in a prison ministry, holding weekly worship services.
Dr. Harris regularly hosts the local Praise the Lord Show on TBN Virginia Beach, and has appeared on the international TBN with Bishop T. D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes. Dr. Harris speaks, lectures, and preaches regularly. In 2014 and 2015, he led breakout sessions at the Annual Bishop T. D. Jakes International Pastors and Leadership Conference. Harris regularly preaches revivals and ministers at conferences.
Dr. Harris has planted two churches. One is a local church in Portsmouth, Virginia and the other one is in Kananga of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He intends to continue planting churches throughout the world. As a teacher and leader of leaders, his vision is to raise-up leaders to pastor the churches and to lead ministries.
“Antipas is a people-person with both a powerful and palpable message for the people.” Michael “Moses” Mathis Grammy, Dove, & Stellar Award-Winning Producer and Musician
Dr. Antipas is a skillful teacher. He creatively weaves scholarship, everyday experiences and theology with passion. He connects well with a variety of audiences in a personal way. Dr. Harris has taught teenagers as a Youth Pastor. He has taught undergraduates as an Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He has taught at a graduate school for Prisoners at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York, through New York Theological Seminary. He has taught at continuing education level for pastors and ministers in pursuit of refresher courses to enhance their ministries. Currently, Dr. Antipas teaches graduate and doctoral level students at Regent University School of Divinity.
Repeatedly, students give Dr. Harris with high marks as a professor. English Professor at Thomas Nelson Community College, Dr. Clarence Hundley wrote in a letter to Dr. Harris after he addressed an assembly of students at the college: “Your enthusiasm for life is contagious. I can tell that you really connected with students by their comments following your talk.”
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