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Meet our leadership

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Dr. James Harms - Lead Pastor

James Harms helped start High Desert Bible Church in the summer of 2018. He serves as our lead pastor. James is married to his wife of 30+ years, Kay. They have two grown kids, Daniel and Abigail, who have grown and gone.

James has served as senior pastor in five churches over 28 years of full time ministry. He preaches expository messages, usually going verse by verse through a book of the Bible at a time. James usually tries to narrow his message down to one significant point that we can all focus on. But he also provides rich cultural context, original language insights, historical significance and everyday illustrations to help the text come to life. Then Dr. Harms provides one or more possible applications so that people of all walks of life can see how the teaching can transform their lives.

In fact, that is James' goal as he preaches: life transformation, not just information gain.

James earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and Bible from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He then received a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1990. Later, while pastoring his second church in Texas, James earned his Doctorate in Ministry (DMin) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana.

An avid reader, amateur photographer, history buff and college sports fan extraordinaire, James considers himself a lifetime student. It's out of his rich experience with learning that he teaches the Bible to his congregation and those he personally disciples. He also teaches Old and New Testament classes at Wayland University in Sierra Vista, Arizona. In fact, he is consistently one of the top rated professors by the graduating students there.

James roots for the Arizona Wildcats (his kids' alma mater)and the Georgia Bulldogs (his wife's school). He'll talk college basketball or football with you anytime you want.

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