Rev. Teresa Harrison
Reverend Teresa Harrison
Reverend Teresa Harrison was born in Leesburg, Virginia on May 7, 1957, to Henry Eugene and Doris Elizabeth Whiting. She attended Loudoun County Public Schools and graduated in June 1975 from Loudoun County High School. As a product of Loudoun schools, she resolved to make a difference. In 1992, she became the first At-Large African American woman to serve on the Board of Loudoun County Public Schools.
She is married to Larry Jerome Harrison and together they have two sons, three daughters, and nine granddaughters.
Reverend Harrison accepted her call to preach in 2000, and she was initially licensed on September 3, 2001, by Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Lincoln, Virginia under the leadership of Pastor Billy Williams. She has since returned to First Mt. Olive Baptist Church with a desire to serve at her home church. She preached her initial sermon on October 12, 2014, and received her license on November 2, 2014, under the leadership of Pastor Harold Stinger.
Reverend Harrison has designed and developed training materials, facilitated seminars, workshops, and retreats for various churches throughout Northern Virginia. She has served as Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Facilitator and Director of Vacation Bible School. She served in various positions in the Baptist Ministers Conference of Northern Virginia; the Northern Virginia Minister’s Wives and Widows Fellowship; the Ministers, Deacons and Layman Union; the Northern Virginia Baptist Association, the Northern Virginia Sunday School Union and BTU Convention. Prior to accepting her call to the Ministry, she served in the Young Adult Ministry, Usher’s Ministry and the Music Ministry—singing in both the Senior Choir and the Gospel Chorus. She also became a member of the Metro Mass Choir of Northern Virginia using her gift to sing praises.
She attended the Virginia University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Virginia and received her Certificate of Religious Studies in May 2003. She is currently enrolled in the Equip Program of Lancaster Bible College.
Reverend Harrison is grateful to God for His goodness and mercy and it is her desire to always be available to and for God and for the people of God. Her favorite Scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” Without Christ, she feels she would be lost and could do nothing.