KNOXVILLE – Braden Harris, a senior worship ministry major at Johnson University, serves in many roles on and off campus.
Harris, who is originally from the St. Louis area of Missouri, came to Johnson because it has a great reputation, especially for worship ministry. Another influence on his college decision was his youth minister, who also graduated from Johnson.
Harris toured Johnson when he was in high school, and he fell in love. He had applied to other schools, but Johnson was his top pick.
During his time at Johnson, Harris has been involved with a lot of groups on campus. Currently, Harris is a member of the University’s chapel leadership team, Media Services team, Ultimate Frisbee team, and choir. Harris also volunteers with the Knoxville-area Houseless Ministries.
The chapel leadership group consists of students that meet with Bill Wolf weekly to plan out chapel for that certain week. They plan which songs will be played that week – songs that fit with the certain scripture, or the topic of chapel. They also pick practices that apply to the theme of chapel each week.
“On Tuesdays we just pick the songs before and after,” Harris said. “For Thursdays, we plan the creative practice elements.”
In addition to being involved with the chapel leadership team, Harris works with Media Services on campus. As part of the Media Services team, Harris serves as stage manager. He also runs the camera for livestream and controls lighting. He occasionally runs graphics and directs for sports, as well.
Harris also volunteers with Houseless Ministries. This Knoxville-area group gives up one night every week to hand out sandwiches and bottles of water to the homeless population of downtown Knoxville.
“We take food and water so that we can open up conversations,” Harris said. “We like to stick around and talk with them and try to share the love of Christ.”
Harris takes any opportunity he can that will allow him to spread the Kingdom of God.