Rev. Alfred L. Harris, Sr., was born in Detroit, Michigan, where he spent his early years working as a Machine Operator and Lineman.
Rev. Harris was called to the ministry at a young age, and preached his first sermon in August 1972, at the Holy Ghost Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit under the pastorate of the late Rev. Henry Lewis. In 1976, he was ordained at the Twelfth St. Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, where the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Earl Harris was the Pastor.
From 1977 to 1983, he served as Associate Minister of Detroit’s Williams Chapel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Welton Williams before moving to Nashville to pursue his education from the American Baptist College. In 1993, he earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
After serving pastorates in Tennessee and Minnesota, in June of 2002 Harris accepted the call to Pastor the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan, before starting his own ministry in 2011 as the Saints of God Church, also in Flint.
After the Flint water crisis came to a head in 2014, Rev. Harris, under the auspices of the Concerned Pastors for Social Action, helped form the Coalition for Clean Water to organize, strategize, and help facilitate water research and testing.