Bishop Stephen Harper

Bishop Stephen R. Harper is pastor and founder of the New Life Church since 1993. His dynamic preaching and affable demeanor endear him to the New Life community. He is a counselor to individuals and families in the congregation. He also guides the leadership in congregational ministries. 

Through his teaching, the church strives to be a blessing in the Central Falls community and a spiritual "fill-up" station for all who enter. A thriving college ministry attracts students from surrounding colleges and universities. With members from all over the United States and many different countries, Pastor Harper’s ministry fosters a cohesive community that is welcoming of all cultures.

Pastor Harper, a native of Philadelphia, studied at Northeastern University, School of Criminal Justice and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from New Hampshire College. In 1974, he was filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and was baptized in the Name of Jesus, under the college ministry of Apostle Henry A. Moultrie.

He is a man with ‘broad shoulders’ who is a true friend to many.  He is a caring pastor, a devoted husband and the loving father of two daughters.