Otto D. Harris, III

Director of United Methodist Studies, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology


  • Ministerial formation
  • Christian pedagogy
  • Cultural and ecclesial criticism
  • Black Church interpretive traditions


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.Div. Hood Theological Seminary
  • B.S. NC A&T State University

Otto Harris holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Divinity degree from the Hood Theological Seminary.

Dr. Harris is an ordained elder in full connection to the Western North Carolina (WNC) Conference of The United Methodist Church and serves as pastor of the Saint Mark's United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. He also serves as a facilitator of a cohort of provisional elders participating in the WNC's Residency in Ordained Ministry (RIOM) program and serves as a member of the Board of Managers for the Duke Divinity School Convocation and Pastors' School.

Dr. Harris published a peer-reviewed article and presented papers about village pedagogy and the perversion of hope in politics. His dissertation analyzes the historic and present social conditions of The United Methodist Church within the context of American culture using the theoretical lens of Black church interpretive traditions intersecting with Wesleyan theology.


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