The Reverend Brandon Harris serves as the 10th Settled Senior Minister of the Peoples Congregational Church, UCC in Washington D.C. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Rochester, New York. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religion from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. He went on to receive a Masters of Divinity from Candler
School of Theology at Emory University with additional certificates in Black Church Studies and Baptist Studies. Additionally, he received training in Church Planting and Revitalization through the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
At Candler, he was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow in Theology and Ministry and received the Frederick Buechner Preaching Award and the Charles Owen Smith Jr. Award for the exceptional promise of service in Baptist Ministry. Before and during his time at Candler, He served as a Pastoral Intern at Churches in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Georgia of various denominational
affiliations including United Methodist, Non-Denominational, and Presbyterian Church (USA). He has served at several historic congregations such as Peachtree Presbyterian Church as a Young Adult and Pastoral Fellow and Alfred Street Baptist Church as a Pastoral Intern. He was licensed and Ordained to the Christian Ministry at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia where he served as a Pastoral Assistant for College Ministry. He served for two and a half years as
Protestant Chaplain, Law Center and Main Campus at Georgetown University. He then served as the Protestant Chaplain to the Main Campus at Georgetown University where he developed a robust ecumenical and interracial congregation.
Committed to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, he was a Fellow of the Campus Chaplaincy for a Multifaith World sponsored by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a State of Formation Fellow of Hebrew College and Boston University. He is also a member of the Association of College and University Religious Affairs. He has also served as Board Chair of the Alumni Association of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship and is a member of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University Alumni Board.
Brandon is an avid preacher and passionate about the engagement of young adults in the life of the church. He has served as a guest preacher throughout the U.S., Bahamas, and Jamaica and as a consultant to various churches and denominations around college and young adult engagement.