Stephen HarrisStrategy Coordinator, Strategic Focus Team
Stephen (Steve) Harris serves as the strategy coordinator in the Blue Ridge area of Asheville, North Carolina. For 16 years, he served as founding pastor of New Life Community Church in Asheville. Steve has been leading church planting movements in the Buncombe Baptist Association, nationally and internationally as a strategy coordinator with the International Mission Board. This has included starting churches with the Quechua Indians in the Andes mountains of Peru. Steve has also served as associate pastor at Bent Creek Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina, and Fellowship in the Pass in Beaumont, California; and as pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Morehead City, North Carolina.
Steve received his bachelor of science in business management from Western Carolina University, master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and his doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Steve and his wife, Ann, have three children, Luke, Austin and Lindsay; along with a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and five grandchildren.
Steve’s life verse is the Great Commandment, and his passionate focus is simply loving God and loving people. He enjoys backpacking (having hiked the Appalachian Trail), trout fishing and golf.