As a former atheist raised by a Jewish father and a Jamaican-American mother who brought her up in the Episcopal Church, Minister Diane L. Harris has a unique testimony. She shares that story in her just-published guidebook for new Christians entitled Stepping into the Light: You’re a Christian, what now?
From the age of 14 until the age of 44, Minister Harris shut out the call of Jesus until she finally could do nothing but surrender. Less than one year later, she received and acknowledged her call to the ministry. Over the last five years, Minister Harris has led Children’s Church, taught and supervised Adult Sunday School, and presented her testimony at churches in Tennessee, Virginia, and New York. Currently she ministers at Koinonia Faith Church in Richmond, Virginia, led by her husband, Pastor Benjamin W. Harris, Jr.
Exhibiting a disarming sense of humor and a compassionate heart, Minister Diane L. Harris eagerly relates what God has done for her personally. But Stepping into the Light: You’re a Christian, what now? is equally about finding answers in God’s word to the myriad of questions to which new believers (and even not-so-new believers) need answers.
“At my baptism,” says Minister Harris, “as soon as I stepped out of the water, all I could think was ‘what now?’ That’s where the title of my book originated. “I sensed that salvation and baptism could not be the end of my search for meaning in life, but only the beginning. The book is about answering that question, ‘what now?’”