AUSTIN Former Southern Baptists of Texas Convention president, George Harris, will receive the Paul Pressler Distinguished Service award during the convention’s annual meeting, Nov. 15.
Paul Pressler, a former Texas Court of Appeals judge, demonstrated godly leadership during the Southern Baptist Convention’s Conservative Resurgence at the end of the 20th century. The Paul Pressler Distinguished Service award is presented each year to a leader in ministry who demonstrates such service in working for the Lord.
George Harris served in several ministry positions during his career, most notably as the pastor at Castle Hills First Baptist Church in San Antonio from 1975 to 2002. Harris’ pastoral career also included his 28-year appearance on “Truth For Today,” a ministry broadcast that airs over television stations nationwide.
Harris’ pastoral presence not only influenced America, but the globe as well. He has been the keynote speaker in the European Baptist Convention and taken part in preaching engagements around the world. He founded Theological Insights for the Presentation of Scripture (T.I.P.S.), which aids bi-vocational pastors, preachers and laypersons in studying and teaching God’s Word.
Harris’ pulpit approach comes from Nehemiah 8:8, “they read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.” Throughout his ministry, the main focus of his sermons is making the Word of God clear.
Harris received his bachelor’s from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, and his Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Fla. He influenced the lives of countless students pursuing ministry as a professor of preaching at Criswell College in Dallas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Harris has been married to his wife, Lynda, for 58 years and has four children and 10 grandchildren.