Daughter: Pastor would tell killer come to church

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm •  Published: September 29, 2013
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Then, she said, the woman who had been handing out visitor packets at the front door ran in, shouting, "He got a gun! He got a gun! He got a gun!"

"He came in down the middle aisle. He shot at my daddy" but hit a flower pot, Harris said. "My daddy ran. He shot him in the back. When he fell, he came closer and shot him again."

The gunman ran out a side door, she said.

Harris said her father had told her that, as a child, he heard God tell him that he would be a minister and preacher. He joined the church in 1983 and began preaching about six years later, she said.

The family moved from Natchitoches, in central Louisiana, after the Lake Charles church — then called Calvary Pentecostal Church — voted him in as pastor. In Lake Charles, her father attended Vision of Faith Theological Seminary, she said.

The congregation built and named the current church around 2000.

Harris said her father always made time for his own children, and acted as a father to many other children. "The people in our church, he'd treat them as if they were family," she said.

A candlelight service is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tabernacle of Praise Worship, and a memorial service at 7 p.m. Thursday at True Light Baptist Church in Lake Charles.

Harris' funeral will be Saturday morning at Agape Love Church in Natchitoches, with his wake Friday evening.

Harris said that forgiveness and love wouldn't be her father's only message to his killer.

"He'd say, 'Come to church. And let God visit (your) mind.'"



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