Who is Christopher Harrison?
Christopher came into a deep faith in Jesus as a child, having been raised in a Methodist Manse and devoted family. A set of encounters with God led to significant commitment to Jesus as his Friend and Leader. This developed into a call to lead God's people, preach the good news and then to ordination to the Word and Sacrament. Christopher was born in Natal, from a long line of ministers. His spiritual gifts include the apostolic, evangelist and teaching gifts. Through naturally shy and introverted, he knows that God can do amazing things despite us.
Christopher went to Rosebank Bible College for a year, and then to Rhodes University, Grahamstown, where studied theology with Honours in practical theology. He also received his Masters in Missional theology through the University of Pretoria, where he focused on Church Planting in the Methodist Church in South Africa in recent years.
Christopher and Leigh Harrison have been married for over 30 years. Leigh runs her own training consultancy, Belvue Consulting. They have two adult daughters both in the music industry.
We love South Africa and her wonderful people and see so much potential for God’s Kingdom to come and bless all who live here.
WHERE HAS HE SERVED
- Christopher has served in the Methodist family for 37 years, in a variety of contexts, but mostly in senior leadership of congregations in Benoni, Centurion and Bryanston.
- The call to the ordained ministry is rooted in his mission statement: “I exist to explore the love and mystery of God, to experience this in my marriage and family life, and express this in helping churches to grow.”
- Christopher’s walk with Jesus has lead him into pioneer ministry. This has included assisting the Walks to Emmaus being established throughout Southern Africa, developing Alpha in local churches in Gauteng and been involved in planting eleven churches through the years in very different places and with a variety of methods.
WHERE HE IS SERVING NOW
- Fresh Bread Ministries is an NPC (Reg.No.2015/058838/08) whose Directors are Mrs Charmel Flemming (CA), Rev Themba Mntambo, and Christopher, with the other members, as mentioned on another page.
- He is a Director of MyChurchIT NPC (www.mychurchit.org ) which is Level 2 B-BBEE company offering a world class Church Management System and setting up self-managed websites.
- He networks with teams of people as missional influencers and ministers of the Gospel where we specialise in mission and evangelisation innovation.
- He is a part of the Fresh Africa Executive team in Southern Africa as a Mission Enabler (www.freshafrica.org.za )
- He is a n Associate Missionary with ‘One Challenge Africa’ (www.ocafrica.net).
- He is a part-time lecturer in Church Planting in Contemporary Context with the Department of Religious Studies in the Faculty of Theology in the University of Pretoria.