ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rev. Simon Harris is a member of the General Council of the Assemblies of God, Senior Pastor of the Ruimveldt Life Improvement Centre and Presbyter (Section 6) of the Assemblies of God in Guyana.
Rev. Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the Caribbean School of Theology. He has submitted himself to more than 15 years of Ministerial Training, which includes seven years at the Assemblies of God Bible College, and five years at Caribbean School of Theology.
Born 10th July, 1965 to Cartoonist Hawley Harris and Homemaker Rhona Harris, Simon Douglas Harris is the youngest of five siblings. Growing up in the heart of the city, Lombard Street, Georgetown, Guyana. Simon was very sensitive to his environment and has an acute disturbing memory from an early age.
At age two, he witnessed his very first case of domestic violence in the streets of his community, a memory that continues to shape the ‘why’ and ‘how’ in his worldview when counseling and ministering on various topics, containing the Word of God.
In 1980, two years before completing his secondary education at the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School in Georgetown, he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ; accepting Him as Lord and Savior. Eager to serve the Lord and know more about Jesus, he took up membership at the Central Assembly of God (Diplomat Centre), where he served and excelled under the pastorship of Rev. Dr. John Oswald Smith. Simon felt the calling of God on his life to serve the body of Christ at age 16. Throughout his life, Simon was constantly seen as a leader, whether it was Class Prefect, Head Prefect or Boy Scouts Patrol Captain, Simon served with the aura of a natural leader.
He was part of the initial team sent to share the Gospel in house group meetings in the East Ruimveldt community in 1980. He progressed through the ranks and moved from being House Group Leader, to Sunday School Superintendent, to Deacon and then Assistant Pastor; he is now the Senior Pastor for the Ruimveldt Life Improvement Centre Assembly of God (R.L.I.C A.O.G) Church.
Reverend Harris has a heart for people and his job satisfaction comes from seeing their lives being improved spiritually, socially and economically. Alongside the wife of his youth of 33 years Rev. Harris has seen the development of a thriving Ministry in the Ruimveldt Community for 40 years, through Ministry of God’s Word, capacity building projects, workshops and other educational development programs.
He has a very good sense of humor and an artistic mind that draws on the ‘ruah’ of God. Rev. Simon Harris has used this gift to effectively shape the community through the RLIC A.O.G, A church that has become a household name throughout Guyana.
Rev. Simon Harris is happily married to Denise Harris and has five wonderful children: Dr. Jeduthun, Jasmin, Tiffany, Jether and Jaedon. When he is not working, he loves to read, travel and play basketball. He frequently attributes his success to A Great God and a good Wife.