New Life Baptist Church

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Keith Harris Pastor

Keith serves New Life as lead pastor.

Born in 1978, he grew up in Arizona, Kentucky, Colorado and eventually graduating high school in Texas. He moved to the northwest in 1995. He met and married his wife Melissa in 1998 and they have two beautiful children: Lailah, and Logan.

Keith has been in full time ministry since he was 23 serving as a youth pastor, a worship pastor, and a church planter and lead pastor. Before then he found work as a grocery manager and fab operator in the high tech industry. His hobbies include movies, computer games, and he coaches football at one of the local high schools.

He accepted Christ at age eight but went through a troubled adolescence. At age fifteen he gave his life over to God and has since seen God do many great things for him and through him. His current favorite scripture is Philippians 1:12.

Fast Facts

What is the farthest you've ever been from home? I almost went to Canada once!

What is your coffee beverage of choice? Egg nog. If you'd like to join in my campaign to have egg nog available year round sign my petition.

If you could be a professional athlete, what sport would you play? Football of course.

Keith's Testimony

Growing up as a preacher's kid it was no surprise to my parents when I came to them desiring to accept Jesus as my Savior at the young age of eight. I understood my sin predicament and understood that I was powerless to change it on my own.

But like so many others that come to know Christ at an early age, I discovered having a Savior and having a Lord are very different things. As an adolescent I shifted from appreciating my Christian upbringing to resenting it. I remember the day it changed. I was on the bus on my way to school one day when the other boys began to tease and poke at me. They were convince that since I was a goody-goody preacher's kid that I couldn't be bad or even understand bad things. I spent the next several years of my life proving just how wrong they were.

By the time I was in junior high I was involved in the wrong things with the wrong people, even to the point of substance abuse and criminal activities. Oh, I was still very good at pretending to be a Christian on the weekends and in front of the right people; I had even convinced myself that the conviction I felt in my heart was a result of my 'oppressive' parents rather than the pulling of the Holy Spirit.

The summer before my freshman year in high school God finally got through to me. At a church youth retreat the speaker was doing an excellent job of explaining the value of authentic faith, and the dangers of its opposite. As he called for an invitation to make Jesus Lord of our lives I remember seeing dozens of teens going forward. I ran out the back. I couldn't admit that I was fraud to all these people. I made it three steps out the back door and collapsed. I gave my life to Christ at that moment and gave Him Lordship for the first time.

My life since then has been focused on one goal: to be more like Christ tomorrow than I was today. Some days I succeed- others I do not. I am just glad to be serving at New Life, where no one has it all figured out, but we are all on the journey together.