Rev. James Bowman Harris

Senior Minister

A native of Florida, Pastor James comes to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ by way of Tennessee and Georgia. Growing up Pentecostal in the South, James always knew God was calling him into ministry, but it was not until he was active at a United Methodist church in Atlanta that he answered that call. James has a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies and Preaching from Point University, and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. Prior to becoming the pastor at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, he served as pastor of the United Church of Cookeville in Tennessee. He also served as a staff chaplain with Emory Spiritual Health in Atlanta. Before going into ministry, James was a master barber in both Tampa and Atlanta, a skill he retains to this day. When he’s not leading the flock at Pilgrim Faith, James enjoys sewing, playing softball, going to the movies, and spending time with his family.