Dr. James Henry Harris
James Henry Harris was named Virginia Union
University’s Most Outstanding Professor in 2008 and
was nominated by the President of the University for the
State Council of Higher Education of Virginia’s Outstanding
Professor. In 2006, he served as President of the Academy
of Homiletics and in 2007 he served as founder and president
of the Urban Coalition for Social Change. In 1996 he was
the first African American to be awarded the Henry Luce
III Fellowship in Theology by the Association of Theological
Schools (ATS) and named a Crossroads Scholar in Religion
and Public Policy.
He holds Masters degrees in Humanities (Philosophy), Theology
and English Literature, and the PhD degree in Social Science
with an emphasis in Urban Studies and the Doctor of Ministry
degree in Preaching and African American Church Studies
from United Theological Seminary as a Samuel DeWitt Proctor
Fellow. He is the author of seven books including Pastoral
Theology (Fortress Press, 1991), Preaching Liberation (Fortress
Press, 1996) and The Word Made Plain (Fortress Press, 2004).
He is professor and Chair of Homiletics & Pastoral Theology
at Virginia Union University and Senior Minister for the
past 20 years at the Second Baptist Church both in Richmond,
Virginia. He has been Visiting Professor of Homiletics at
Princeton Theological Seminary and Luther Theological Seminary
in St. Paul, Minnesota. He serves as advisor and consultant
to churches and other non-profit organizations throughout
the United States.
He is married to Demetrius Bright of Norfolk and they are
the parents of two sons, James Corey and Cameron Christopher.