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April 24th, 2014

Get to Know Your Minister: Scott Harris

Name: Scott Harris
Title: Missions Minister, Brentwood Campus

PERSONAL
Where are you from originally?
San Jose, California

Where were you educated?
California Baptist University
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

How did Jesus change your life?
I was saved at age 5 and baptized when I was 7. In high school, I wondered if my conversion was real due to my young age. I came to the conclusion that even though I didn't understand everything when I was a child (and I still don't), I do know that I recognized my sin, believed Jesus was the only answer, and wanted to spend eternity in heaven with Him.

What's your wife's name?
Beth

Do you have kids?
Elizabeth (10 years old) and Jonathan (7 years old)

MINISTRY
What's your philosophy or heartbeat for ministry?
God has blessed us to be a blessing for His glory. We squander the blessing when we keep it for ourselves. But we multiply the blessing when we share it with others.

What's your role here?
I create a culture of church and gospel multiplication. I mobilize our members for missions service here and around the world. And I meet needs so that we earn the right to share the gospel.

What's your vision for Brentwood Baptist?
I want us to be a sending place out of which individuals, communities, and nations are transformed.

What's one cool God-story from your time here?
Two natural disasters—the tsunami of 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005—became the catalysts for exponential growth in missions giving. In 2001, our missions offering goal was $75,000. In 2013, we gave $1,275,000 away through Hope for the World.

JUST FOR FUN
Who's your favorite person in the Bible?
Jonah—he represents the best and worst in us.

If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
Why can't green vegetables taste like Tootsie Rolls?

What do you like to do in your free time?
Game nights with my family, watching my son play sports way better than I ever did, reading, and finding new places to eat.

What are three interesting facts about you?
1. I'm left-handed.
2. When I was a single missionary in Hong Kong, my bedroom was 6 feet long and 5 feet wide. I'm 6'4".
3. My family goes to Yosemite every year when we visit my parents in California.

What are three words that describe you?
1. Adventurous
2. Compassionate
3. Grateful