Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center to foster understanding and support programs for community and individual improvement. He was appointed by Governor Beverly Eaves Perdue to be a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and served for the term May 16, 2011 to June 30, 2015. He was elected as Moderator of the United Missionary Baptist Association (UMBA) for the term 2016-2020. He is a member of the Charlotte (NC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. , and serves as Chaplain.
Pastor Garris was licensed to the Gospel Ministry at Friendship Baptist Church in Monroe, North Carolina in 1984, and ordained by the Zion Baptist Association of North Carolina in 1985. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Shaw University, Raleigh, NC in 1988 and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ in 1991. Prior to Antioch, he served as the assistant pastor at the Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton, New Jersey (2 years); and as pastor at the New Mickle Baptist Church, Camden, New Jersey (5 years).
He married Regina L. Mack-Garris in 1990; and they have one son, Jonathan Christian.
Pastor Donnie R. Garris
Pastor Garris accepted the call to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on January 26, 1997, and began his service as Pastor on the first Sunday in March 1997. During his years as pastor, there has been a great increase in the spiritual life and membership of the church. He is dedicated to the spiritual growth and development of his congregation as he expands knowledge of God’s Word through regular midweek Bible Study and his inspired Sunday teaching/preaching sermons and prayers.
Pastor Garris is active in community organizations to help make life better for the saved and the unsaved. He serves as a volunteer and faith partner in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and on the Interfaith Advisory Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He is active in R.A.I.N. (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network), the Grier Heights Community Organization, and Crossroads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc., where he has been elected to serve a second term as vice president. He works closely with the Charlotte Police Department (Providence Division) and