Faculty Profile

Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Harris

President and Professor of Biblical Studies

The Rev. Dr. Harris serves as President and Academic Dean, and Professor of Biblical Studies at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary.  From 2011-2016 Dr. Harris served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean.  Dr. Harris has served in a number of roles at ETS, beginning as a doctoral student in 1992, and as the founding director of the UMD program at ETS in 1994.  Dr. Harris is also the founding pastor of the Detroit Baptist Temple (Now Detroit Bible Tabernacle) where he has served for over thirty years. He served as Senior Production Buyer, General Motors Truck Division, Pontiac Michigan from 1972 to 1984.  Dr. Harris also currently serves on the Board of Directors of  Franklin  Wright  Settlements in Detroit.  In 2006-2007 he served as Co-Chair of the Finance / Procurement Committee of the Governor’s Transition Team for Detroit Public Schools.

He has been married to the former Ruthie May White for the past forty-five years. They have three daughters: Keedra, a former ETS employee, who is with the Lord; Karisa (B.A., M.S.W., M.A.C.E.), a psychiatric social worker; and Kenita (B.A., MDiv), an ordained pastor in the Reformed Church in America.  He enjoys playing golf, when he can, and enjoys spending time in the kitchen creating meals for his family.











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Ecumenical Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools​ in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MDiv, MA, MA in Pastoral Ministry, DMin.

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