Dr. Timothy A. Harper, DMin.
Dr. Tim Harper is currently the Regional Bishop for the Church of God of Prophecy in the Great Lakes Region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin). Dr. Harper began his ministry in 1981. He has served as Kentucky State Youth Director and held pastorates in Kentucky and Michigan.
He was educated at Kentucky Christian University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts both in Bible and in Psychology, with a minor in Languages. He graduated magna cum laude. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Cincinnati Christian University, and a Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, where he graduated with high honors. His Doctor of Ministry degree is in Transformational Leadership from Ashland Theological Seminary. He has also engaged in post-graduate studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Harper was in private practice as a psychotherapist for five (5) years at the Dearborn Pastoral Counseling Center. He is also a nationally certified Healthy Congregations facilitator.
Dr. Harper has served the Church of God of Prophecy internationally as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tomlinson Center from 2004 to 2012. At the 2016 International Assembly he was appointed to the Assembly Biblical, Doctrine and Polity committee. He also served as the chairman for the North American Restoration Task Force. He has taught in leadership and pastoral conferences both throughout the United States and internationally. Tim and Karen have been guest presenters at several Marriage Enrichment Retreats across the United States.
Dr. Harper is currently a member of the Leadership Council for the North American General Presbyter. He is also an adjunct professor at Lee University having taught courses in both the Old and New Testaments, and in Pastoral Studies including Counseling, Christian Family and Preaching.
Tim is a dedicated husband and father. He and his wife Karen were married October 18, 1985. They have three children, Brittany Harper Stone—married to Stephen Stone, Chandler and Stetson. As a family, they enjoy celebrating the holidays, Disney World, camping and he enjoys his annual hunting trips with his son, Chandler.
Karen is a graduate of Sullivan University with a diploma as an Executive Secretary. She has served as the Administrative Secretary to the Director of Procurement for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Office Manager of Harvest Worship Center in Taylor, Michigan. She currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the Regional Overseer of the Great Lakes Region and is the News Editor for the Great Lakes News.
Karen has worked in the local church since she was 13 years of age – beginning as a Sunday School Teacher. She now speaks at Ladies Conferences and has faithfully served alongside her husband, traveling thousands of miles across the region.
Tim and Karen will celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary on October 18th. The Harpers have three children and a son-in-law, Brittany (27) who is a graduate of Madonna University with a Bachelor’s degree in sign language interpretation and is a graduate of Lee University with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and she is married to Stephen Stone, a graphic artist and web developer; Chandler (24), has a degree in EMT services and CAN and currently is working on becoming a Manager at Mike’s; and, Stetson (22) who a First grade Teacher at Henryville Elementary School in Henryville, IN, and is a graduate of Lee University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical studies and Leadership. Karen has homeschooled all three of her children.