Bishop Arnold Harris stands in his church, God First People Second Full Gospel Church, on 953 East Main Street. Harris co-founded Stop The Violence ministry 16 years ago and lost his own son to gun violence in November. (Staff photo by Bradley Saacks)

Stopping the violence

Bishop Arnold Harris has his Barnabas. Barnabas, an early church leader according to the Bible, became known as the son of encouragement because of his accommodating disposition — traits Harris saw in his own son, Santiago Rochelle. In an incredibly cruel twist of irony, Harris, who has held the Stop The Violence outreach ministry at […]

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