Jeff Harris is the only hearing Child Of Deaf Adults (CODA). Both of his parents are Deaf, he is the oldest of three children and all of his siblings are Deaf, his paternal grandparents were Deaf as well as one aunt & uncle. Pastor Harris’ native language is American Sign Language (ASL). Because of his unique upbringing he has a desire to reach both the Hearing and the Deaf with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their native language.
Pastor Harris was saved at the age of 12 at Calvary Baptist Church in Danville, KY. He surrendered to the call to preach as a teenager and upon graduation from high school he studied at Hyles-Anderson College for one year. He then finished his training for the ministry and was ordained by Clays Mill Road Baptist Church & earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Theology from Commonwealth Baptist College (Lexington, KY).
He married his wife Elizabeth (Tyra) Harris in 1999. After a brief stint as a staff member at Clays Mill Road Baptist Church the Harris family moved to Elizabethtown, KY where Pastor Harris founded the Lincoln Trail Baptist Church in September of 2001 (www.ltbc.us). He served as their Pastor until he resigned in July of 2012 to move to Rochester, NY to plant the Anchor Baptist Church.
He and Elizabeth are the parents of three daughters and one son.