Pastor Shannon Harris is a licensed local pastor for Trinity and Prospect United Methodist Churches in Harrington. She’s also a hairdresser with a passion to walk with people through all life stages.
Get to know Pastor Shannon Harris in this week’s feature:
Name: Shannon Harris
Age: 45-years- old
Educational background: Earned a HS diploma from James Groves DCDAL in 2011, completed 10 months of beauty school, “23 years ago.”
Occupation: Hairstylist, pastor and owner of Revelations Hair Studio.
Tell us a little about you?
“I just love people and that’s what I love about both of the things that I do is I get to work with people. I tell people I’ve been a minister longer than a pastor because we’re all called to lead.”
Tell us about your family?
“Jim and I have been together this December for 19 years and married for 13. He’s on disability after having two total knee replacements. But I’m spoiled by my husband. For example, I might leave the house at about 8 o’clock, finish work at about 7 and be home about 7:30 p.m. By then, he’ll have cleaned and made dinner. We also have three fur babies, all cats. My husband is definitely my rock. I could not do what I do without him.”
“I went back because the first requirement to being a pastor was having a GED or high school diploma. I said I needed to get my diploma. I was thrown out at the age of 12. And I kind of bounced around for a bit and lived with an aunt for a while. Eventually, when I was 14, I met my mother. I lived with her until I lived on my own at 17 and needed to be able to afford to live. So I couldn’t go to school.
“I was very excited the day my diploma came in the mail. It was quite an experience. And I did it all online except the final exam. As a licensed local pastor, I have a total of 20 courses that I have up to 12 years to take. Trying hard to take the two classes a year. So that keeps me pretty busy those 20 weeks out of the year. And of course, I went to beauty school in there, too.”
You’re a hairdresser?
“I work with wigs. I work hand in hands with cancer patients so I get to work with them in one of the lowest moments in their lives. It was Dec. 22, 2009 when I opened Revelations Hair Studio.”
And a pastor?
“I’m the pastor for Trinity and Prospect United Methodist Churches, both in Harrington. The way they love us is incredible. We definitely feel like we’re a part of the family. They’re only four miles apart but they’re so different. And I love that. It keeps me on my toes.
“Becoming a pastor was not anywhere on my radar but God changed that in 2011. In 2014, I became an official pastor. I was blessed to be able to come up here to the Harrington charge. I was worried about the hour drive to here, but I am very blessed to be a pastor at two places. Being a pastor is much like working with the cancer patients, I get to see people at the worst part of their lives and they allow me the privilege to see that.”
What else do you like to do?
“I like to spend time in my swimming pool, spend time with my husband Jim and we like to go for walks at Cape Henlopen State Park. I’m also taking online courses, two a year. They are ten-week courses. I’m a licensed local pastor, which means I did not go to seminary. So these courses are kind of like seminary while I’m working as a pastor.”
What needs do you see in Harrington?
“I’m only up here one day a week right now, so I don’t get a lot of interaction with the community. But I would certainly like to see a sense of unity among the people. And my question to my congregation going into the future is: What are the needs of Harrington? So, that’s one of the things we’re exploring. What’s speaking to the community? What is it that the community needs? Childcare? Food? We’re blessed to have a few members in the school system so we sometimes hear of needs like a child wearing taped shoes. These children need shoes, so we go buy shoes for these children. We just want to be available to the needs.”
Jennifer Antonik can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org