First United Methodist Church of Dayton
Rev. Dr. Vince Harris is the District Superintendent of the South District
Rev. Vincent Harris uses the famous quote from Frederick Douglass, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress,” as a motivator for life. An elder in the Texas Annual Conference, he is serving his 13th year under appointment at Journey of Faith United Methodist Church. He is a life-long Methodist, born in Lebanon, Tennessee, who entered ministry at age 26. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University, Wesley Theological Seminary and Houston Graduate School of Theology. He is also a certified Christian educator in the United Methodist Church. He feels his 12 years collective service on the Little Rock Conference and Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry are on his “highlight reel” thus far. He has also served as a candidacy mentor and Dean of the Texas Annual Conference local pastor’s school, and eight years on the Texas Annual Conference Core Leadership Team. While at Wiley College, Vincent served as chaplain, associate dean of students and assistant professor of religion. Notes Vincent, “As chaplain I helped established the Young Scholars Program, the first Habitat for Humanity chapter at the college, RAPP (Rising above Peer Pressure) a rites of passage and civil rights education and mentoring program, reestablished the Wiley Student Leadership Forum, and helped in initial planning, project funding, and program initiatives of the current Julius S. Scott, Sr. Chapel.”
Additionally, he served as national vice-chairperson and national chairperson, respectively, of Black Methodists for Church Renewal from 2003-2006 and participated in the General Board of Discipleship High Potential Metro Church Project. As he steps into the role of South District Superintendent, the next phase of his personal journey, he says, “I hope to accomplish what Christ has called the church to be in every age, a beloved community, a people engaged in reaching, teaching, and empowering all of humankind. Most of all, I hope to accomplish what is central to the life of every disciple, feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and visiting the prisoner.”
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