About Dr. Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, Saith the Lord of Hosts.” – Zechariah 4:6
Dr. Harshaw has been committed to the Christian ministry of teaching and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ for more than four decades. He has established a work ethic that speaks to the importance of his ultimate career objective and personal goal, which is to become a servant of God in the transformative ministry of spiritual formation, with special focus upon the power of prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit.
Dr. Harshaw has been a student of the Bible and systematic theology for more than four decades earning the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in Theology, Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) with special studies in Philosophy of Religion and Theology, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. His research has centered upon the theologies of Friedrich Schleiermacher and Howard Thurman. His quest for linking theological studies with community and world mission led him to travel the globe with this focus including serving as Area Director Africa, Europe and the Middle East with International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches USA, Inc. and Visiting Research Fellow, and the Center for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, Edinburgh University, Scotland.
He has had the privilege of serving as Adjunct and Visiting Professor at Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh, NC, Campbell University Divinity School, Buies Creek, NC, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC and the Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, as well as Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, and Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA.
His most recent publications are “The Potential for New Selfhood and New Community in Schleiermacher’s Soliloquies,” Ann Arbor: ProQuest, 2015, and “Howard Thurman’s Spirituality and the Beloved Community”, Schleiermacher’s Influence on American Thought and Religious Life, 1835-1920, Vol. 2, Ed. By Jeffrey A. Wilcox, Terrence N. Tice and Catherine L. Kelsey, Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2014.
Dr. Harshaw began his tenure as the 10th Pastor of First Baptist Church, Raleigh, on September 1, 1996, and retired on December 31, 2022, after twenty-six and a half years. He led the congregation in fulfilling the vision of being, “A Point of Contact for the Kingdom of God”, which stresses kingdom living, the life of prayer, discipleship, and spiritual renewal with a local and global witness for Christ.
Dr. Harshaw has been blessed with a beautiful family. At his side in ministry is Mrs. Sharon Denise Stringer Harshaw, originally of New Orleans, LA, who has walked with him since 1980. Three children, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law and six grandchildren have enriched their lives.
Education, Publications and Teaching Experiences
Doctor of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA 2015
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, and the Center of the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, Edinburgh, Scotland 1996
Master of Arts, Theology, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA 1979
Doctor of Ministry, School of Theology at Claremont, CA 1978
Master of Divinity, School of Theology at Claremont, CA 1978
Fuller Theological Seminary
One-year study with Geoffrey W. Bromiley and William S. LaSor 1973
Bachelor of Arts, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA 1972
“The Potential for New Selfhood and New Community in Schleiermacher’s Soliloquies”, Dissertation, The Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. Ann Arbor, Michigan: ProQuest LLC, 2015.
“Howard Thurman’s Spirituality and the Beloved Community”, Schleiermacher’s Influence on American Thought and Religious Life, 1835-1920, Vol. 2, Ed. By Jeffrey A. Wilcox, Terrence N. Tice and Catherine L. Kelsey, Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2014.
“The Secret to Strength”, From One Brother To Another: Voices of African American Men, Vol. 2, Ed. by Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2003.
“Living Out the Word of Life”, Glorious Hope, Vol. 24, No. 3, May 1998.
“Believing, Dreaming, and Trusting”, From One Brother To Another: Voices of African American Men, Ed. by William J. Key and Robert Johnson-Smith II, Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1996.
“Open Doors for a Dynamic Partnership”, Witness For Freedom: American Baptists Observe the South African Elections and Build for the Future, Ed. Andy Smith, Valley Forge: National Ministries, 1995.
“A Search for Common Ground: Friedrich Schleiermacher and the Spirit of Black Liberation Theology”, Schleiermacher’s Reformed Doctrine and Ethics and His Contribution to Liberation/Feminist Theology Today, Ed. by Terrence N. Tice and C. Jeffrey Kinlaw, Elon, College, NC, 1995.
“Discovering the Church in Africa”, Africa Safari, Valley Forge: International Ministries, American Baptist Churches, 1994.
“God is Israel’s True King”, Direction: International Bible Lessons for Christina Teaching, Chicago: Urban Ministries, 1982.
“Hope for the Future, Jesus Christ, Hope for the World,” Liberation and Unity: A Lenten Book for 1985, Ed. by William D. Watley of the Consultation on Church Union.
- Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh, NC
- Campbell University Divinity School, Buies Creek, NC
- The Apex School of Theology, Durham, NC
- Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC
- Palmer Theological Seminary, The Seminary of Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA
- Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
- Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA
- Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, Mission Education Program, Washington, DC
Baptist Scholars International Roundtable
Forming Global Baptist Education
Christ Church, University of Oxford, England
North Carolina State University,
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Johnston District Missionary Baptist Association, Inc.
S. Jameson (“Jamie”) Jones Jr. Preacher
Iliff School of Theology
Lott Carey Baptist Convention
St. David, Pennsylvania
Central Baptist Seminary
Kansas City, Kansas
Vanderbilt Divinity School
Apex School of Theology
Durham, North Carolina
Spiritual Formation Facilitator
Duke University Divinity School
Durham, North Carolina
Honors and Awards
Reverend Dr. Dumas Alexander Harshaw, Jr., Day Proclamation, January 27, 2023
Raleigh City Council
Mary-Ann Baldwin, Mayor
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine
(January 13, 2023)
Roy Cooper, Governor
Pastor of the Month
The Light 103.9 FM, The Triangle’s Inspiration Station
For 20 Years of Dedication to and for Being a Priest, Prophet, andProfessor at Shaw University,
President Dr. Paulette R. Dillard, President & CEO (October 16, 2022)
Silver Jubilee for 25th Pastoral Anniversary:
Missionary Circle Ministry of First Baptist 2022
Laymen’s League of First Baptist Church,Layman of the Year 2021
The Deacon Ministry of First Baptist Church 2021
The Board of Trustees of First Baptist Church 2021
20th Pastoral Anniversary: Capitol City Intergenerational Care, Inc: “Generations Interacting for Life,” First Baptist Church 2016
Congratulations & Best Wishes, The Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles, California 2016, Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas
Congratulations & Proclamation and Presentation of the State Capitol Building Flag: May 20, 1775
Governor Pat McCrory
Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission Appointments: Governor Michael F. Easley
Governor Beverley Eaves Perdue
Governor Roy Cooper
The Gospel Messenger for the 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service
Fayetteville Cumberland County Ministerial Council 2018