Jon Harris

Pastor Jon HarrisJon Scott Harris was born in Riverside. He is the only son of four children and was raised by his grandmother, the late Rebecca Ruth Harris. Under the mentorship of the late Dr. L.B. Moss of the Park Avenue MBC in Riverside, Pastor Harris began preaching the at the age of twelve and served as the Pastor of his first church when he was twenty-six. He graduated from CSUSB in 1993, received his B.A. in Biblical Studies in 1999 and completed his Masters in Ministry and Divinity in 2002 from Carolina School of Theology.

In 2000, Harris married his wife Dr. Leita Harris and in August 2001 Castle Rock Christian Fellowship Baptist Church was organized. In 2011 a second location in the High Desert was launched and a third in his home town of Riverside in 2012. For one year, it expanded to include a weekly televised program on Hosanna Broadcasting Network

In June 2014 Harris organized and launched a grass roots clergy organization, Eastside Reconciliation Coalition with the mission: To eradicate all forms of violence and activities that disrupt peace within our community. We seek to achieve this by maintaining open dialog, implementing advantageous interventions for at-risk youth residents in the eastside and promoting interactions that are sensitive to all communities and cultures, propelled and carried out through prayer, respect, nonviolence and the sacrificial love of Christ. The organization has become well known and recognized as bringing unification of leaders in city politics, school board, police, churches and the community and continues to develop and implement new programs in line with its mission. In honor of this contribution, Pastor Harris has received several awards of recognition including the Whitney M Young, Jr Service Award in 2015 from the California Inland Empire Boy Scouts of America. He is currently enrolled in the 2016 class of Leadership Riverside with the Riverside Chamber of Commerce and is member of Riverside East Rotary Club.

Harris is also the father and step-father of five children and loves his pastime recreation of riding and caring for his 13 horses.