About Our Pastor:
The Reverend Dr. Jacqueline Hardy Harris, D.D.
The Reverend Dr. Jacqueline Hardy-Harris is the second oldest daughter of the retired A.M.E. Pastor Reverend Roosevelt and Mrs. Dorothy Hardy’s ten children. She is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and because of her vibrant voice she has been deemed a "songbird".
During her formative years in the Miami Dade School System, she was a very active and gifted young lady: cheerleader, modern dancer, choreographer, bi-racial committee, chorus and modeling were just a few of her endeavors while maintaining the "Honor Roll".
After graduating from South Dade High School in 1973, Reverend Dr. Hardy Harris was employed with Coral Reef Hospital as a medical secretary for seven years. Then she decided to pursue her childhood dream to become a police officer and attended Miami Dade College - Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement. She was the first African American female officer assigned to the Miami Dade Kendall District; within a year she was promoted to detective working undercover details in vice, narcotics, robbery and homicide cases.
Rev. Dr. Hardy Harris continued to matriculate studies at The Miami Metropolitan Police Institute - 610.5 hours Police Training/Administration; Florida Department of Law Enforcement - Foreign Language/Narcotics and Investigation Law Enforcement; University of North Florida - Sects, Cults and Deviant Movements; St. Petersburg College - Community Policing; The African Methodist Episcopal Church Board of Examiners Five Year Ministerial Theological Studies - Itinerant Elder; and she was accepted at Regent University for studies in Theology and Criminal Justice.
In the year of our Lord, *October 12, 1997, during Rev. Dr. Hardy Harris’ first ordination as Itinerant Deacon, she was appointed by the Right Reverend Frank C. Cummings, Presiding Bishop of the Eleventh Episcopal District to pastor Allen Chapel A. M. E. Church in Key Largo, Florida.
Rev. Dr. Hardy-Harris was the first woman of God to shepherd the Allen Chapel family. She was sent by God to evangelize, revive, restore, and rebuild through the Word of God. She organized the First Black History Day, spiritually named “Soul Food Sunday”. Because of her love for youth and family, she spearheaded the Annual “Youth Day” and “Friends and Family Day” at Allen Chapel.
Rev. Dr. Hardy-Harris is the wife of a loving and supportive husband Brian Harris , a native of Virginia . She is the mother of son Eric, who is also a minister; graduate of Florida State University (1999 World Champions Football Team) and a retired professional true center for the Arizona Rattlers Arena League. She has two beloved stepsons Brehon Harrison and Brandon Harris. She also nurtures two nieces as her daughters: Kelia Harris (Liberty University-Criminal Justice) and Andrea Harris (Roanoke College-2013 Graduate Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology). Rev. Dr. Hardy Harris is the doting grandmother of three grands: Jeremiah, Aaron and Lariah.
October 15, 2004, The Right Reverend McKinley Young, Presiding Bishop of the Eleventh Episcopal District, by request, transferred Rev. Dr. Hardy Harris to the Second Episcopal District.
In January 2005, Rev. Dr. Hardy-Harris retired with over twenty-four years of service with the Miami Dade Police Department as a law enforcement officer.
On May 6, 2006, The Right Reverend Adam Jefferson Richardson, Presiding Bishop of the Second Episcopal District-Virginia Conference, appointed Rev. Dr. Hardy-Harris to pastor Campbell’s Chapel the First A. M. E. Church of Virginia Beach, Virginia; again she was the first woman of God sent to shepherd this historical church now 146 years old!
On May 14, 2011, during the 145 Session of the Virginia Annual Conference; The Right Reverend Adam Jefferson Richardson, Presiding Bishop appointed Rev. Dr. Hardy Harris to Bethel A. M. E. Church , in the beautiful mountains of Cave Spring-Roanoke, VA. As the pastor at Bethel A. M. E. Church, within six months she developed a church web site, encouraged Bethel men to form Sons of Allen (Men’s Ministry), began steps in the formation/consecration of a Deaconess Board and co-hosted with Rev. Christine Ziglar of Mt. Zion A. M. E., the 2011 Portsmouth Richmond Roanoke District Conference in Roanoke.
December 25, 2011, Reverend Dr. Jacqueline Hardy Harris was assigned to pastor Greater Ebenezer A. M. E. Church Richmond, Virginia. The former pastor Rev. Dr. Monica Spencer so eloquently stated, “How appropriate that the Lord has sent Greater Ebenezer a precious gift during this Advent season in the person of Reverend Jacqueline Hardy Harris who comes baring many spiritual gifts and talents“. Rev. Dr. Hardy- Harris is regarded for her passionate love of the Lord, charismatic ways, abundant faith, joy in preaching, and her “songbird” voice, affinity for developing youth and cultural programs, as well as her administrative capabilities.
In the year of our Lord,*October 12, 2013, in ad eudem, the Doctor of Divinity degree was conferred upon Pastor Jacqueline Hardy Harris by The Reverend Dr. LaVerne Goodwein, Ed. D., Ph.Dr, D.D., M.Div., M.S., B.S., A.A., - President of Virginia Triumphant College & Seminary.
*Dates were divinely ordained and predestined by God