Our Pastor & First Lady

Dr. Terrell Harris, Jr. is the senior Pastor and founder of the True Light Church of God In Christ. He has been appoint as District Superintendent of the Huntsville Alabama Church of God In Christ. Pastor Harris is the oldest son born to the union of the late Mr. Terrell Harris, Sr. and the late Mrs. Unareed Burton Harris. He was blessed to be born into a family of nine siblings, (5) five sisters and (3) three brothers, of which he is the fourth. He is happily married to Dr. Hattie Jones Harris and they celebrated (45) fourty-five years of marriage in December 2012. To this union three children were born; Apostle Derek Terrell Harris, Trudy Harris Moore, and Mark Christopher Harris. He is the very proud grandfather of three grand-children; Chelsea, Kentiara, and Christopher. Superintendent Harris is saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Spirit. He loves the Lord and the Lord's people.


Superintendent Harris received his Doctorate and Master of Divinity from the International Seminary, Orlando, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, with emphasis on Computer Science from Jackson State University, Jackson Mississippi. Since that time he has taken graduate course in the field of computer Science at Alabama A&M University, Normal Alabama. He has also received a Diploma in Pastoral Theology from the C.H. Mason System of Bible College, Huntsville Campus.

Dr. Harris has been a faithful worker in the Church since accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior. He began his walk with God by faithfully attending the Sunday School where he was later appointed as Sunday School Superintendent. He was a faithful Deacon, Minister, and Ordained Elder. He is currently President of the Department of Education - Huntsville District, Former Dean and teacher of the O.L.

Meadows School of Ministry (OLMSOM), formally the C.H. Mason System of Bible Colleges - Huntsville Campus; Superintendent of the Huntsville District; and Jurisdictional General Board Member for Alabama Jurisdiction #1. He further serves as the Pastor of the True Light Church of God In Christ, Huntsville Alabama, where he is the founder. He retired from the Computer Science Corporation (CSC) as a Computer Scientist on January 2, 2003, and now enjoys full-time employment for the Lord.

Dr. Harris' character is one of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. His sound and wise godly counseling brings forth deliverance to people from their everyday issues of life. His current work includes a local cable television ministry entitled, "The Blessed Hope Ministry", by which the congregation, community and city are blessed. Superintendent Harris is a great man and is an example of the Gospel that he preaches.

First Lady Hattie Pearl Harris is a native of Forest, Mississippi.  She is the fifth of ten children born to Mr. Henry Jones and the late Mother Annie Mae Jones. She graduated from East Scott High School, Lake, Mississippi.  She is a licensed evangelist in the Church of God In Christ.  Dr. Harris serves faithfully in various capacities in her local church, as well as on the district and jurisdictional level.  She has served diligently and faithfully in the gospel ministry for thirty-one years with her loving husband of forty-one years; founder and pastor of True Light Church of God In Christ (Blessed Hope Ministry), Superintendent Dr. Terrell Harris, Jr.
She is the proud and blessed mother of three wonderful children, Apostle Derek T. Harris (Renee`), Trudy Harris Moore (Charles) and Mark Christopher Harris, truly miracles from God.  God graciously fulfilled Psalm 113:19 in her life; “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, to be a joyful mother of children.  Praise ye the Lord.” She’s blessed with two beautiful granddaughters, Chelsea Elise and Kentiera that she adores.

In November 1972, Dr. Harris received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was later baptized and filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost.  Dr. Harris believes in fasting and prayer.  She has a victorious testimony that prayer changes things.  She is a loving, kind, and caring God-fearing woman.  God has anointed her to teach the unadulterated word of God in power and ministering to young hurting women.   She is founder of “Personal Touch Ministry.”  “Personal Touch Ministry” is divinely designed to bring healing, deliverance, restoration, and hope to young hurting women whose lives have been changed by neglect, rejection, divorce, depression, emotional hurt, poor self-esteem, brokenness, loneliness, abuse, guilt, as well as those suffering silently through the disappointments of unfulfilled potential and unrealized dreams and aspirations.

Dr. Harris is a conference and seminar, speaker and teacher. She is a facilitator, counselor, encourager, motivational speaker, administrator and organizer.  She is a retired educator.  She was an elementary teacher, principal, Curriculum Specialist for Federal Programs and Conflict Resolution trainer.  She is president of the Ministers Wives Guild on the local and District level.  Dr. Harris is the Executive Director of O. L. Meadows School of Ministry; main campus, Birmingham, Alabama and former president of the Jurisdictional Sunshine Band.  She is the recipient of many awards and accommodations.

She holds an Associate of Arts Degree, B.S., M.E., Certification in Administration and Supervision, Certificate in Theology, and an earned PhD in Biblical Counseling.

Dr. Harris graciously embraces Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

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Terrell Harris &

First Lady Pearl Harris

Pastor Terrell Harris and First Lady Pearl Harris