First Baptist Church hires Winslow native as new pastor
After a year of searching for God's man as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Winslow, the church family met Sunday evening, June 5, and united in calling Mr. Fred Harris as full-time pastor.
He fills a position previously held by Dr. David Daffern who moved to the First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix in June 2004. Pastor John Zimmerman has served as interim pastor, ably keeping active the many missions of the church with the assistance of associate pastors David Mace and John Maine.
During his first weekend, Harris met with the church council, the deacons and the youth. He preached during the three services that Sunday and answered questions from the church family Sunday afternoon prior to the positive vote taken that evening.
Harris is a 1992 Winslow High School graduate, senior class president and valedictorian of his class. He went on to earn his Bachelors Degree in 1996 from Grand Canyon University with a major in Religious Studies and minor in Art.
After over two years traveling with "The Right Brothers," a child evangelism team, he accepted a position as Pastor of Student Ministries at The Church at Arrowhead in Glendale. While there, he continued work at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, completing his Master of Divinity degree in December 2004. At graduation ceremonies in May, Harris was awarded the seminary's Eagle Award for Excellence in Leadership.
Fred and his wife, Jennifer, a graduate of Grand Canyon University's School of Nursing, have one daughter, Natalie, born on May 5. The family will move to Winslow in the near future with Pastor Fred's first Sunday in the pulpit scheduled for June 20.