Invitation to Our Pastor’s Installation
Let the People of God Rejoice at the Installation of:
Benjamin W. Harris, Jr.
As Pastor of Saint Stephen’s Koinonia Church
Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Saint Stephen’s Koinonia Church
505 North 33rd Street
Richmond, Virginia 23223
Reception will be held immediately following the morning service.
Saint Stephen’s Koinonia Church in Richmond will install Pastor-Elect Benjamin W. Harris, Jr. as its Pastor officially on Sunday, August 29th.
Bishop Harold K. Browning of Faith Mission Ministries, Inc., from Clarksville, Tennessee, will install Harris as pastor during a special 3:00 p.m. service on Sunday, August 29th. Bishop Browning will also preach at the regular 11:00 a.m. service that morning.
About Pastor Harris:
He began as a pastor over 25 years ago in rural Buckingham County, Virginia, leading two congregations by alternating Sundays between two churches, a common practice in many rural communities. He is a graduate of Richmond Public Schools, attended Virginia Commonwealth University to study Public and Community Affairs, and has an Associate Degree in Religious Studies from Eastern Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Pastor Harris also has over twenty-five years of experience working with community-based programs, including work as a Counselor for at-risk youth at two boys’ homes in Virginia, two years as a pre-release trainer with Virginia Cares, and he is a Certified Fatherhood Practitioner, having completed the 36 hour Fatherhood Practitioner Program through Father Focus, Richmond’s Father Resource Center.
He and his wife, Diane, relocated to Richmond in 2007, after several years in Nashville, Tennessee, starting Koinonia Faith Church at that time, holding services at a local banquet hall.
About Saint Stephen’s Koinonia Church:
In February 2009, Koinonia Faith Church and Saint Stephen’s Baptist Church formally merged, when Saint Stephen’s Pastor Emeritus, Kenneth Sheppard, retired. Harris then became Pastor-Elect of the combined congregation. Under his leadership, Saint Stephen’s Koinonia Church has adopted the mission statement, “To reach the unreachable, to teach the un-teachable, to love the unlovable, to save the un-savable, that the life and death of Jesus is not in vain.”
The church reaches out to ex-offenders through a program called Project H.O.P.E., teaching men to face their past and find employment or create businesses so they have a real chance to be productive members of their families and their community now and in the future.
Saint Stephen’s Koinonia Church, located at 505 North 33rd Street in the historic Church Hill community of Richmond, was originally founded as Saint Stephen’s Baptist Church in the same location nearly 60 years ago. Since the church merger in February 2009, the congregation of Saint Stephen’s has repaired the roof, painted, rebuilt the kitchen, replaced all flooring, as well as adding a conference room and other meeting rooms and offices to accommodate Project H.O.P.E. The next goal is to raise money to install central heat and air conditioning—something all at Saint Stephen’s will welcome after the record heat we’ve had in Richmond this summer. Meanwhile, portable air conditioning units are in place, and all are welcome to join the Saint Stephen’s church family in celebrating both their physical renewal and their new spiritual leadership. “Koinonia is a Greek word from the Bible that means “fellowship, community, or communion,” says Pastor-Elect Harris, “and Saint Stephen’s is the church with a Koinonia spirit.”
Directions to the church:
Saint Stephen’s is located at 505 North 33rd Street, between Clay Street and Leigh Street, just two and a half blocks north of Broad Street. Travelling east on Broad Street, when you come to Chimborazo Park on your right, look for North 33rd Street on your left and turn left; drive two and a half blocks and the church will be on your right.
All parking is on the street.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail: 505North33@gmail.com