Doug Harris was born in Vancouver, B. C. in 1933. At the age of 10, he attended a Salvation Army Sunday School, where he committed his life to the Lord and received basic training in Christian service.
In 1952 he married Mary Ruth Stade and, together with her, enrolled in the Northwest Baptist Bible College in Port Coquitlam, B. C.
In 1954 he served as a student pastor in Whonock, BC.
In 1955 he entered full time pastoral ministry as a church planting pastor in the Victoria Drive Baptist Mission in South Vancouver. The mission eventually became Faith Baptist Church, where he and Mary served for twenty-two years.
In 1977 he accepted a call to become the Canadian Director of the Africa Inland Mission, where he served for three years.
In 1980 he became the President of Northwest Baptist Theological College and Seminary in Vancouver, BC. During his fifteen year tenure, the College and Seminary relocated to the campus of Trinity Western University, in Langley, BC.
In 1995, he retired from the presidency of Northwest, and, after serving a year as a Sessional Lecturer, accepted a call to return to Faith Baptist Church where he served as Senior Pastor for four more years. During this time he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Baptist Theological Seminary in Portland, Oregon.
After serving for ten months as the interim pastor in the South Delta Baptist Church in Tsawwassen, BC, he joined Outreach Canada in 2001 as the Director of Transitional Leadership Ministry.
Outreach Canada is a para-church organization that works alongside local churches to help them become healthy, reproducing churches. The Division of Transitional Leadership Ministry seeks to assist churches in their times of senior pastoral transition by developing, encouraging and coordinating the ministries of competent transitional pastors who can be instruments of positive change during the transition period.
He currently serves as the Director of The Outreach Learning Network, which seeks to provide practical ministry training for Christian leaders and Christian workers.
He and Mary have been blessed with six children. They have thirteen grand children and five great grandchildren.
Doug and Mary enjoy an extensive music ministry, having produced six recordings with Word of Canada. Doug is heavily involved in special preaching/teaching ministry. Together, Doug and Mary specialize in presenting musical expositions of Scripture which seek to integrate preaching and teaching with the ministry of sacred music.
Their life verses are Ephesians 3:20, 21:
“Now to him who is able to do
immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, for ever and ever!”