Having been accepted to a pre-engineering program at the University of Illinois with the promise of several scholarship opportunities, Marcus Harris entered the summer of his senior year of high school with what seemed to be an obvious career path. However, things weren’t as clear-cut as they seemed.
“I was unsettled by an inner urge that the path that I felt God was opening up for me was not the path He had chosen for me,” says Harris.
To settle that urge, Harris invited his youth pastor to his home to learn more about pastoral ministry. At the end of that exchange, Harris knew what he must do…attend Oakwood College to pursue pastoral ministry.
In 1995, Harris earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where he had obtained his Masters of Divinity degree prior. In 1979, he graduated from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, with a Bachelors of Arts degree, with majors in both psychology and theology.
Harris currently serves as area leader for the Washington Metro area of the Allegheny East Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Prior to joining the Dupont Seventh-day Adventist Church, Harris served as the pastor of the Breath of Life Church in Fort Washington, Maryland. He also previously served as the pastor of the First Church in Montclair, New Jersey. He also served as the school board chairman of the George E. Peters Adventist School in Hyattsville, Maryland and is part of the adjunct faculty at Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, Maryland.
He has participated in several community initiatives in various capacities including serving as a certified chemical addiction therapist, an HIV/AIDS educator, and American Red Cross board member.
Marcus is married to the former Arlene E. Thurman, a budget analyst for FEMA, Washington, D.C. She is also an adjunct professor at Washington Adventist University, Argosy University, and is a Maryland Realtor. They are the parents of four adult children and have one granddaughter.
His vision for Dupont Park church is to realize the fulfillment of God’s vision and purpose in and for His people as they serve as agents of change to a world in search of The Savior.