Associate Professor of Practical Ministry
Director of the Youth and Urban Renewal Center
Ordained Elder, A House of the Living God, Church of Jesus ChristMember, Calvary Alliance of Churches and Ministries
Dr. Antipas L. Harris joined Regent University School of Divinity in 2008. He previously served as adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and as associate pastor at Christ Chapel New Testament Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Originally from Manchester, Georgia, Harris served in pastoral and music ministry at A House of the Living God, Church of Jesus Christ, where he received his first ministerial ordination.
Harris serves as associate director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. He teaches in the Master's degree programs and the Doctor of Ministry program. He has authored several books, articles and blogs. As a public theologian, he writes regularly as an op-ed writer in popular news outlets.
Harris is a practical theologian who is interested in the intersection of Church and society. His research includes theology of pastoral ministry, social holiness, preaching, urban ministry, cultural worship and spirituality, and personal empowerment. He is interested in interactive ministry teaching and learning through mentoring and coaching.
Harris also is an internationally known preacher, teacher and speaker. He is frequently invited to speak at churches, conferences, seminars and academic forums. Harris serves on several committees and boards, including the steering committee for Norfolk's Resilient Cities Initiative. He is a member of the Virginia Beach Public Schools Discipline Taskforce. He is a board member at Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men, Inc. and a board member at Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge.
Harris has been granted several outstanding awards and achievements. Among them, he has been named to LaGrange College's Wall of Outstanding Alumni. In 2011, he was named among Inside Business' Top 40 under 40 of Hampton Roads. In 2012, he was named in the International Top 100 Magazine for his excellence in religious and community leadership. Dr. Harris also received the Regent University 2013 Faculty Award for Excellence in Service.
1997: Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society; 1997: American Award, Scholarship in Biblical Greek; 1997-98: Who’s Who among America’s Colleges and Universities; 2000: Certificate of Recognition, World Methodist Evangelism Institute; 2006: A-7, Gospel Choice Music Awards, “Don’t Walk Away,” Song of the Year; 2007: “Don’t Walk Away” Charted, Top 30 on Billboard; 2007: Certificate of Recognition, California State Assembly; 2007: Resolution from Memphis City Council; 2011: Inside Business Top 40 Under 40 of Hampton Roads; 2011: Wall of Outstanding Alumni, LaGrange College; 2011: Awarded $25,000 Grant from CSX Corporation (in Collaboration with the Life Enrichment Center of Norfolk) for the Urban Youth Summer Academy; 2012: Awarded $50,000 Endowment from the Brown Foundation for the Youth & Urban Renewal Center at Regent University School of Divinity; 2012: International Top 100 Magazine.
"An African-American Contribution to the Theology of Worship" in Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Worship, edited by Lee Roy Martin (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, Forthcoming 2015).
"Like a Mighty Burning Fire: Social Holiness with Love at the Center" in A Festschrift in Honor of Roswith Gerloff, edited by Armin Triebel (Berlin: Weiβensee Verlag, Forthcoming fall 2013).
A Socio-Historical Exploration of Spirit-Empowered Proclivities toward Social Holiness within African American Holiness-Pentecostalism (1945-1995) and their Implications for a Contemporary Constructive Urban Practical Theology (current research interest).
The Cross, The Spirit, The Community: A Practical Theology of Urban Ministry (current research).
Holy Spirit, Holy Living: A Practical Theology of Holiness for Twenty-first Century Churches (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2013).
"The Spirit and the Prophetic Church: Building Ministry Coalitions for Urban Ministry (Part 2)," In Pneuma Review, Summer 2013
Lee Roy Martin, editor, "Holiness, the Church, and Party Politics: Toward a Contemporary Practical Theology of Holiness," pp. 221-241. In The Future of Holiness: Pentecostal Perspectives (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2013).
"The Spirit and the Prophetic Church: Building Ministry Coalitions for Urban Ministry (Part 1)," In Pneuma Review, Spring 2013.
Vinson Synan, editor, "A Prophetic Challenge for the Future of Urban Churches: a call for a revised ecclesiological superstructure," pp. 417-454. In Spirit-empowered Christianity in the 21st Century: Insights, Analysis, and Future Trends from World-Renowned Scholars (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2011).
For Such a Time as This: Re-imaging Practical Theology for Independent Churches. Asbury Theological School Series (Lexington, KY: Emeth Academic Press, 2010).
Afe Adogame, et al, editors, "Elements of African Religious Spiritual Practices in African American worship: Resounding Practical Theological Implications." In Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora: The appropriation of a scattered heritage (London; New York: Continuum Press, 2009).
"The Ordination of Women: An Issue among 'Spirit-filled' Churches from the African Diaspora," 2003.
"Let the Church Cry, 'Holy'!" In Life Enrichment Ministries Magazine (pp. 1-5), Fall/ Winter, Volume 24, Issue 4, 2012.
"Overcoming the Insurmountable: Reflections on Urban Haiti-Post 2010 Earthquake." In Empower Magazine (pp. 17-19), October/November, Issue 2, 2010.
Sheri Smith Clayborn (editor), "I Feel Like Pressing My Way!" In Pressing My Way through Lent: Wednesday, February 17 through Saturday, April 3, 2010. Columbus, Ohio: St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Worship across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation, Gerardo Marti, Oxford University Press, 2012; Pneuma (forthcoming).
The Spirit in Worship-Worship in the Spirit, Teresa Berger and Bryan Spinks, eds. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009; Pneuma 34, 2012.
Preaching the Gospel of Mark: Proclaiming the Power of God, Dawn Wilhelm. Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] 2010.
Perspectives on Spirit Baptism: Five Views, Chad Owens Bran, editor, Pneuma: Spring 2009.
Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities, Robert M. Franklin, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 35, 2008.
Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context, Maryknoll: Orbis Books 2004, Pneuma, Fall 2004.
A-7, Self-titled, Triple A Entertainment, 2006
A-7, AKA A-Boyz, The Project, MNM Entertainment, 2003
A-Boyz, Hold On, MNM Entertainment, 2000
"Changing Roles of Faculty." Panelist; Association of Theological Schools Commission on Accrediting, Mid-Career Meeting; Chicago, IL, March 14-16, 2014.
"Integration in Action: The Application of Biblical Principles in Contemporary Times." Panelist; Psychological Services Center Paradigm Shift Initiative Series Special Event; Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, June 18, 2013.
"A Revival of Passion and Pride-Black in America, Coping with Racism." Panelist; Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi); Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, February 19, 2013.
"'Lifelong Learners;' the Annual Family Enrichment Conference." Panelist; NSU Women's Economic Development Center; Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia, November 17, 2012.
"Leading As A Woman in 21st Century Ministry;" Twenty-first Century Women in Ministry Conference. Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 13, 2012.
"Higher Education at Regent University:" ACT NOW: Empowering Next Generation Leaders Forum. Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals; Norfolk, Virginia, June 23, 2012.
"A Biblical Worldview;" A church-wide panel discussion about God and the everyday life of the believer in the church and society. Calvary Revival Church Peninsula; Newport News, Virginia, April 29, 2012.
"Where I am from and Where I am Now-A Look at Racial Co-existence in Hampton Roads;" A city-wide panel discussion about Race, Ethnic, and Heritage issues; Sponsored by the FBI Academy Alumni Association. Virginia Beach, Virginia, April 28, 2012.
"Naughty or Nice: Why do Good Girls Like Bad Boys?-A Hip-hop Symposium." Tidewater Community College; Virginia Beach, Virginia, February 7, 2012.
Harris, A., Panel Discussion: "Justice Jubilee: A Conversation about Human Trafficking." Old Dominion University; Norfolk, Virginia, January 11, 2012.
"Annual Black Family Panel." Calvary Revival Church-Peninsula: Newport News, Virginia, February 2010.
Selected Unpublished Papers, Lectures and Presentations:
"The Holy Spirit and Community: Pentecostal Practical Theology for Urban Ministry." Lecture; "Back to Basics: Pentecostal Theological Education—by the Church & for the Church," Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, VA, March 18, 2014.
"Redefining the Church for the 21st Century." Lecture; Bishop T. D. Jakes International Pastors and Leaders Conference, Orlando, FL, March 6-8, 2014.
"On My Research of Holiness: Faculty Roundtable Consultation." Lecture; Regent University School of Divinity Research Seminar, Virginia Beach, VA, October 4, 2013.
"Practicing Holiness in the Obama Era and Beyond: Towards a Practical Theology of Holiness for the 21st Century Church," Paper Presentation; Society of Pentecostal Studies Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the Wesleyan Theological Society, and hosted by Seattle Pacific University; Seattle, WA, March 23, 2013.
"Mediated Pneumatic Praxis: A Contribution to Practical Theology" by Mark Cartledge. A Paper Response. Society of Pentecostal Studies Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the Wesleyan Theological Society, and hosted by Seattle Pacific University; Seattle, WA, March 21, 2013.
"For Such a Time as This: Is This My Time?;" Twenty-first Century Women in Ministry Conference. Lecture; Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 13, 2012.
"Church as Prophet: The Churches, the Spirit, and the City." Paper Presentation; Society of Pentecostal Studies; Regent University; Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 1, 2012.
"The Future and Vitality of the African and African American Spirit Empowered Churches in Africa." Paper Presentation; Empowered 21: Global Congress on Holy Spirit Empowerment in the 21st Century (Converge 21 USA): Regent University; Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 2, 2012.
"The Psalter for Songwriters: A Critical Review of the Psalms as Contemporary Inspiration for Songwriters." Seminar Presentation, "Worship & Songwriting Seminar Series: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs:" Regent University; Virginia Beach, Virginia, September 17, 2011.
"Prophesy to the Dead Bones: Developing Ministries that Transform Urban Communities." Seminar Presentation, the 97th Annual Hampton Ministers Conference, Hampton University: Hampton, Virginia, June 2011.
"The Role of Community in Revitalizing Youth." Seminar Presentation, Virginia Gang Prevention Partnerships, Vineyard Community Church: Virginia Beach, Virginia, August 2011.
"The Church and the Urban Struggle: Yesterday and Tomorrow; A Prophetic Challenge for the Future of Urban Churches: A Call for a Revised Ecclesiological Superstructure." Paper Presentation, Empowered 21: Global Congress on Holy Spirit Empowerment in the Twenty-first Century: Oral Roberts University; Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 2010.
"World Religions & the Great Commission: Towards a Renewal Approach to Missions Conference." Paper Response, Regent University School of Divinity: Virginia Beach, Virginia, Winter 2010.
"Elements of African Religious Spiritual Practices Increasingly Accepted among African American Worship Services: Resounding Practical Theological Implications." Paper Presentation; African Christian Diaspora Conference: Frankfurt Oder, Germany, 2003.
Selected Podium Presentations and Conferences:
"Faculty Development in the Midst of Institutional and Vocational Change Consultation for Racial/ Ethnic." Faculty Consultation sponsored by Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Hyatt Regency Airport Hotel; Pittsburg, PA, March 14-17, 2013.
"Responding to Real Life with Eyes of Faith." Seminar Presentation; "Extending Your Reach: Creating a Missional Culture;" New Life Providence Church; Virginia Beach, VA, May 1, 2013.
"Moving Beyond the Mountain: A Talk for Young Aspiring Leaders." Motivational Speech, Students African American Brothers (SAAB); Tidewater Community College; Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 19, 2013.
"A Speaking Life." Speech, Christian Way Academy; Annual Founder's Day Celebration, Manchester, Georgia, January 27, 2013.
"Hope Unborn: the Blight of Abortion in African American Communities." Lecture, Crisis Pregnancy Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, January 12th, 2012.
"Intentional Evangelism." Lecture, Annual Southeastern Evangelism Conference, United Holy Churches of America: Goldsboro, North Carolina, November 2011.
"Introductory Lectures on the New Testament and Theology." Lecture, Church of God in Christ, 2nd Jurisdiction Christian Education Department: Held at Founder's Inn, Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 2011.
"Release for Peace: A Message on Forgiveness." Sermon, Wesleyan University (Protestant Chapel), Middletown Connecticut, October 2011.
"Urban Outreach and Church Growth." Seminar Lecture, Solid Rock Full Gospel Baptist Church General Conference: Held at Founder's Inn, Virginia Beach, Virginia, spring 2011.
"Leadership in the Urban Church." Lecture, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church: Virginia Beach, VA, December 2010.
"Urban Evangelism in the 21st Century and the Church in Modern Times Seminar." Lecture, United Holy Church Southern District Convocation: Goldsboro, NC: Winter 2010.
"Biblical Integration and Character Development in Urban Disciplining Seminar." Lecture, The Dream Center: Los Angeles: CA: Fall 2010.
"Urban Education Orientation and Biblical Integration in Education." Workshop Presenter, Calvary Christian School System Teachers Retreat: Norfolk, Virginia, September 2010.
"The Church: Her Leadership and Her Worship (Past, Present and Future)." Lecture, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Leadership Conference: Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2009.
"Embracing Life: The Treasures of the Good Book." Lecture, Lecture Series on Embracing Life at Calvary Revival Church: Norfolk, Virginia, 2009.
"Jesus Christ: The Same, Yesterday, Today, and Forever." Sermon, Conference on Evangelism of Germany and Africa, Waldbröl, Germany: Spring 2006.
"To Be Young, Gifted, and Saved." Speech, Educating, Embracing, and Empowering Youth: Making an Impact on Our Urban Communities, Urban Impact Summit: Mashantucket, Connecticut 2004-2005.
"Faith and the Courtroom: Maintaining Faith as an Aspiring Lawyer." Speech, Black Law Student Association, Southern Regional Annual Conference: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2004.
"Exploring a Possibility of Studying Science through Lenses of Faith." Lecture, Morehouse College Ronald McNair Scholars Program: Atlanta, Georgia, 2003.
"The Songwriter as Theologian, History of Black Gospel Music, and Contemporary Levites in God's House." Lecture, Michel "Moses" Mathis and Berklee College of Music Choir Conference: Boston, Massachusetts 2000-2001.
Academic & Community Involvement: Society of Pentecostal Studies, Member; COGIC Scholars, Member; Alpha Zeta Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, Member; Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity, Member; GIELD | Global Institute for Empowerment & Leadership Development, Inc [a non-profit 501 (c) (3)], (Virginia Beach, VA) 2010–present, Board Member; Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge (Newport News, VA) 2015, Board Member; Hampton Roads Committee of 200 Plus Men, Inc [a non-profit 501 (c) (3)], (Hampton Roads, VA) 2012–present, Board Member; Life Enrichment Ministries (Dallas, TX) 2012–present, Advisory Board Member; Nation Building International Ministry, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) 2007–present, Board Member; Hampton Roads Ecumenical Council of Bishops Executive Board (Virginia Beach, VA) 2011–2013, Dean of Academic Affairs; National Leadership Committee for America for Jesus (Virginia Beach, VA) 2012, Member; Starlight Creative Arts Center (Virginia Beach, VA) 2010–2012, Board Member; Life Enrichment Ministries (Dallas, TX) 2006–2012, Executive Board Member; Christian Way Academy (Manchester, GA) 2008–2011, Board Member; In Touch with Communities around the World (Tampa, FL) 2005–2008, Board Member
Ministry Involvements: Since 2015: Theologian in Residence, First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk; Since 2014: Associate Member, Calvary Alliance of Churches and Ministries; Since 1997: Ordained Elder, AHOLG; 1992—97: Evangelist, AHOLG; 1992: Licensed minister, Holiness-Pentecostal, A House of the Living God, Church of Jesus Christ (AHOLG)
Memberships: Society of Pentecostal Studies, Member; COGIC Scholars, Member