bishop H. russell harris
He is a native of Williamsburg, Virginia where he lived the latter part of his childhood and early adult life. He is the only son of the late Bishop Columbus and Minister Dorothy Arrington.
Bishop Harris graduated from James Weldon Johnson High School in Yorktown, Virginia in June, 1963. He attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, from 1963 to 1967, majoring in Economics.
Bishop Harris, served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971 as a courier of the Pacific Army Command assigned to the Republic of Korea for most of his tour of duty. Following his army service, he worked in various anti-poverty programs in Virginia to include Program-Coordinator Williamsburg-James City Community Action Agency, Executive Director of the Charles City-New Kent Community Action Agency, and Director of Manpower Programs, Office of Human Affairs, Newport News, Virginia.
He also worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia as State Director of the Purchase of Services, Department of Social Services. In 1993 he was asked to become the first Ombudsman for a local government in the State of Virginia, when Chesterfield County requested his services. He reported directly to the Deputy County Administrator for Community Development and served at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors. It was in that position that he was trained in various dispute resolution skills and due to that training he acquired skills that led to his being asked to mediated disputes at the U.S. Postal Service, numerous local governments as well as several business and corporate disagreements. He also had many requests to privately mediated divorce and family disputes. He served as a Consumer Arbitrator for the Central Virginia Better Business Bureau, primarily arbitrating disputes between owners and automobile manufacturers as well as the Virginia Department of Consumer Affairs. Following retirement, he operated his own mediation business contracting as a Special Education Mediator with the Virginia Department of Education and was on retainer as a trainer and employment mediator for the City of Richmond Fire Department and Human Resource Department.
In 1987 he gave his life to Christ, joined his father at House of Prayer Church of Deliverance #5, Newport News, Virginia (HOP#5) serving faithfully under the tutelage of late Bishop C. Arrington and Overseer Mable Hargrove. Over the years he served faithfully as, Deacon, Teacher and Director of HOP#5 Male Chorus. In 1996, he answered the Lord’s call to serve Him spreading His Word as a Minister of the gospel. In 2001 he was ordained as an Elder and in 2005 he was selected Assistant Pastor of HOP#5. In 2010 he was selected as Assistant Pastor HOP#3 and following the passing of Bishop and Pastor C. Arrington, in 2015 he was elected as Pastor for both churches. In the Solemn Assembly House of Prayer Disciples, Inc. (SAHOPD, Inc.) he served in many capacities including as Vice President and President of the Sunday School Union, member of the Ruling Board of Elders and in 2009 was ordained as General Overseer of the SAHOPD, Inc.
Bishop Harris operates under the belief that “God can do anything, all we have to do is believe.” He is married to the former Linda M. Skeeter of Suffolk, Virginia. They have two children Ms. Syretta T. Harris and Mr. Jerree R. Harris of Chesterfield, Virginia, and one grandson Mr. Tajee J. Smith also of Chesterfield, Virginia.