Pastor Novella Harris
Pastor Novella Harris has been married to Bishop Robert W. Harris for 47 years. They have four (4) children and four (4) grandchildren. She has been a pastor’s wife since 1983. Grace Cathedral International is presently located at 886 Jerusalem Avenue, Uniondale, NY where God blessed the Grace ministry to purchase their own building with a membership of approximately 500.
Pastor Novella Harris was consecrated Pastor of Grace Cathedral International on March 31, 1996. In her role as Pastor, she ministers, teaches, and preaches. She is a counselor and has organized and supervised numerous auxiliaries and functions at her church.
Pastor Harris retired in 2008 where she formerly taught second grade at the Davison Avenue Elementary School in Malverne, N.Y. where she was a Second Grade inclusion teacher, Art teacher, Environmental Studies teacher, Kindergarten and First Grade teacher.
Her desire to found and organize her own school is now a reality. A newly constructed $600,000 building and playground was completed in May 1995, known as the Sure Foundation Child Care Center, Inc., located in Uniondale, NY.
She received her Masters in Science Degree in Education from Hofstra University in 1982. She is presently completing work on a second Masters in English. She has been trained in assertive discipline and the Adlerian approach to parent/child counseling and was a member of the Literacy Standard Committee in Malverne, NY. She received her Bachelors in Religious Education in 1999 and Bachelors in Theology in 2010 from the United Christian College.
She is an active community worker, a member of the American Cancer Society, lifetime member of NAACP, former member of Nostrand Garden Civic Association, Nassau County Minister's Wives, 100 Black Women, President of Smith Street PTA in Uniondale, Girl Scout Leader and The Greater Refuge Temple in Harlem, New York.
In September of 2010 Pastor Novella Harris visited Haiti along with her husband, Bishop R.W. Harris, to assist with the relief efforts. While in Haiti, Pastor prayed for the patients in the hospital and left medications in addition to distributing clothes, food and money to various orphanages.
In August of 2011, Pastor Harris became a VIP member of the National Association of Professional Women and was selected by the VIP Division as the 2011/2012 “Professional Woman of the Year”. In April of 2011, Pastor Harris received the Sojourner Truth Award from the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Club. She was honored by the NAACP for winning the Women's History Month Changing The Lives of Children award 2008, a member of Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2004- 2005, she received the NAACP Educational Award 2004, She was honored by the Women of Substance, as The Woman Of The Year for 2003, She received the 2002-2003 Teacher Of The Year award for her outstanding commitment and dedication to the children of the Malverne School District. She was honored as a member of Who's Who Among American Executives for her successful work in organizing a Nationally Accredited Child Care Center servicing over 80 children.
God has given her a personal ministry to wounded and abused souls. It is her desire to service God with all her heart, soul and mind and to be an example of womanhood that God is calling for in these last and evil days.