"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Reverend Thomas A. Harris, III was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. He accepted Christ at age twelve while attending Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.
In 1985, he received his B.A. degree in Political Science and Business Administration from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Reverend Harris relocated in California in 1987 and united with the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He served faithfully as the Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday school and worked with various auxiliaries in the church. He acknowledged his call to the ministry on June 12, 1987. He was ordained in October 1990 and he served as an Associate Minister under the leadership of Pastor Arilee Hightower.
Reverend Harris was called to Pastor the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in February 1993. Under his leadership, growth has taken place in the Men’s Ministry, Prayer Meeting, Survivor Ministry, and the Women’s Ministry. Reverend Harris is extremely proud of the development and publication of the Pleasant Baptist Grove Church monthly newsletter, “Calvary”. Reverend Harris’ goal is to continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the entire community. Pleasant Grove is known as the church that is pleasant to others and pleasing to God.
Reverend Harris has served as an officer of the California State Youth and Young Adult Convention and the Home and Foreign Mission Association. Reverend Harris serves as an officer of the Baptist Minister’s Union of Oakland, California. He also is a Board Member of the West Oakland Health Center. Reverend Harris is currently perusing a Masters degree in Theology.
Reverend Harris resides with his family in San Leandro, CA. He is married to Sister Keryl Harris, and they have been blessed with a son, Rhaun Harris, and a daughter, Reenah Harris. Reverend Harris is a devoted husband and father. He is very active in the education and development of his children.
Rev. Harris, a man of great morals, great judgment, and great leadership.