Leon Harris is a Southern California native, from South Central Los Angeles. He graduated from Biola University (B.S. in Org. Leadership); and Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. and Th.M.); and from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland with a PhD in Divinity (Systematic Theology). Most recently, his dissertation has been published and he has contributed chapters in two recent publications. As of 2020, he joined the office of Diversity and Inclusion at Biola as the Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives. Harris enjoys increasing student’s understanding of their relationship to our Triune God while teaching undergraduate theology classes. Also, Dr. Harris is honored to serve in Biola’s First Generation program, where as an instructor, mentor, and facilitator, he participates in making the transition to college life easier for First Gen students. He also enjoys participating in the life of the church and is currently a Life Group leader and elder at his local church. He enjoys reading, watching movies, attending plays and musicals, watching sports, and most of all traveling with his wife Joyce. Harris’ current research interests include Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, African American theology, and issues surrounding Diversity & Inclusion.


    • Evangelical Theological Society
    • Society of Biblical Literature


    • “How Does God Wrestle with the Shortcomings of His People: A Pastoral Issue from the Perspective of Systematic Theology” in Testamentum Imperium: An International Theological Journal, Volume 3, 2011.


    • Justification and Contemporary Theologians Program Unit, Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, Presented on “Justice, Victory and Sacrifice as Theological Metaphors in the Atonement Theology of Colin Gunton.” November 2010.
    • Society for the Study of Theology Annual Meeting. Presented on “The Bible as Relational Indwelling Knowledge: Colin E. Gunton’s Pneumatological Approach to Inspiration and Revelation.” York, England. April 2011.
    • The Bible: Culture, Community and Society, University of Winchester, Winchester, England. Presented on “The Bible as Relational 'Indwelling Knowledge': Colin E. Gunton's Pneumatological Approach to the Authority of Scripture.” July 2011.
    • Ecclesiology: Biblical Theology Program Unity, Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Presented on “1 Peter 2:9 and the Priesthood of the Believers: A Theological and Exegetical Approach to an Ecclesiology of Koinonia.” November 2014.


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