Mark Harris

Mark Harris, Candidate for 9th District, U.S. House of Representatives

A husband, father, pastor, and community leader, Dr. Mark Harris has dedicated his adult life to serving people. Mark grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, the youngest of five children born to Everette and Virginia Harris. From an early age, Mark learned the importance of faith, family, hard work, service, and patriotism.

Mark’s dad has always been his hero. Raised in the Methodist Children’s Home and later shot down and held prisoner during World War II, Mark defines his dad as the ultimate overcomer who never became bitter, but always better.

After graduating from R. J. Reynolds High School, Mark attended Appalachian State University where he graduated with a B. S. in political science in 1987, with plans to attend Campbell University Law School in the fall. It was at App that Mark met his future wife Beth, who was earning her degree in Middle School Education. Just weeks before their wedding, Mark answered God’s call to enter the ministry. With Beth’s full support Mark headed to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Mark went on to earn both his Master’s of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Leadership from Southeastern.

In 2005 Mark answered a call to First Baptist Church Charlotte. While serving as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Charlotte, Mark was elected President of the North Carolina Baptist Convention from 2011-2013. Mark’s tenure as President coincided with the ballot initiative in 2012 to define marriage in North Carolina as the union of one man and one woman. He helped mobilize North Carolina’s churches as a founding member of Vote for Marriage NC and is widely credited with playing a significant role in the Marriage Amendment’s passage.

Mark is running for Congress because he believes the people of the 9th District need and deserve a Congressman who will listen to them, take their concerns to Washington, and work hard for them every day.

Mark has been married for over 30 years to Beth. They are blessed to have a daughter Laura, and two sons, John and Matthew, their spouses Jordan, Kerry Anne, and Mallory, and six grandchildren.