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  • N.C. pastor’s election to Congress still uncertain

    December 6 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    N.C. pastor’s election to Congress still uncertain

    On election night, it appeared former Southern Baptist pastor Mark Harris finally had fulfilled a years-long sense of calling by being elected to Congress. But a month later, North Carolina’s State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has yet to certify Harris’ narrow victory in the state’s 9th Congressional District amid allegations of election fraud.

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  • Key leaders focus on discrimination, Kingdom first

    November 12 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Key leaders focus on discrimination, Kingdom first

    Two key North Carolina leaders challenged messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) annual meeting Nov. 6 to confront discrimination and pursue holiness. “Discrimination was a problem in James’ day,” said Lee Pigg, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe and president of the BSC …

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  • Harrison withdraws BSC presidential bid; Barrett to nominate Scoggins

    October 15 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    Harrison withdraws BSC presidential bid; Barrett to nominate Scoggins

    John Mark Harrison, pastor of Apex Baptist Church, announced Sunday, Oct. 14 that he will be preaching “in view of a call” at a church out of state the following week. He told the Biblical Recorder that, due to the potential transition, he is withdrawing his candidacy for president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC).

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  • Harris stands firm amid sermon scrutiny

    August 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Harris stands firm amid sermon scrutiny

    The sermons of a North Carolina pastor turned congressional candidate have become fodder for political attacks and reports in national media outlets – especially his preaching on the family and gender roles. But Mark Harris, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte who is running as a Republican in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district …

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  • Harrison to be nominated for BSC president

    July 11 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    Harrison to be nominated for BSC president

    John Mark Harrison, pastor of Apex Baptist Church, will be nominated for president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina at the November annual meeting, Michael Barrett announced today (July 11). Harrison, 37, will “create unity and renew our vision for reaching the lost …

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  • Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy denounced, defended

    June 20 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy denounced, defended

    Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition Monday (June 18) to separating children from parents on the border as Congress prepares again to take up the immigration issue. The call for a change in the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has resulted in family separation at the United States’ border with …

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  • Harris unseats U.S. Rep. Pittenger in N.C. GOP primary

    May 9 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 1 comments
    Harris unseats U.S. Rep. Pittenger in N.C. GOP primary

    Mark Harris, former pastor in Charlotte, unseated incumbent Robert Pittenger in North Carolina's 9th District Republican primary election May 8 for the U.S. House of Representatives. Harris, who is also a former president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, ran against Pittenger in 2016 for the same seat but lost by a slim margin.

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  • BSC expands discipleship strategy, celebrates record year in giving

    February 7 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications & BR staff | with 0 comments
    BSC expands discipleship strategy, celebrates record year in giving

    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will expand its focus of engaging high concentrations of non-Christians across North Carolina in 2017 as part of the convention’s “impacting lostness through disciple-making” strategy. Speaking to members of the convention’s Board of Directors, BSC Executive Director-Treasurer Milton A. Hollifield Jr. said staff will be working with associations …

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  • Mark Harris runs for U.S. Congress seat

    April 11 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 1 comments
    Mark Harris runs for U.S. Congress seat

    Mark Harris announced his run for the United States Congress on March 28. In a “soft launch” announcement, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte and former candidate for the U.S. Senate said he will seek the seat for the newly shaped 9th Congressional District.

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  • Cultural Impact Tour calls for action

    November 30 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Cultural Impact Tour calls for action

    Mark Harris is concerned about cultural shifts that have forced same-sex marriage on Americans and fostered anti-Christian sentiments. As the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, he is traveling the state to mobilize pastors to take positive steps of action against destructive forces in the culture. 

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  • Why is pastor running for U.S. Senate?

    April 21 2014 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Why is pastor running for U.S. Senate?

    In Baptist life Mark Harris is an established leader. He has a positive record as the pastor of three growing churches, community experience as a cultural influencer and name recognition as a recent officer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina for six years, including two years as president.

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  • Harris asks N.C. Baptists, ‘Are you desperate?’

    November 13 2013 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Harris asks N.C. Baptists, ‘Are you desperate?’

    Outgoing Baptist State Convention President Mark Harris pleaded with messengers to the convention’s Annual Meeting to ask the hard questions and find “the root of the issue.”

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  • Harris announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

    September 13 2013 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 2 comments
    Harris announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

    At a private gathering Sept. 12 in Clemmons, Mark Harris announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. He is in a race that now has at least three other Republicans who are vying for the seat held by Kay Hagen.

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  • Harris to be nominated for second vice president

    September 17 2008 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Mark Harris, pastor of First Baptist Church, Charlotte, will be nominated for second vice president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina when the Convention meets in annual session in Greensboro Nov. 10-12.

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