Brian Harris
Brian comes to us in his new district minister position after serving at as the USMB church planting mobilizer for 18 months. Prior to that, Brian served as the lead pastor at Pine Acres MB Church in Weatherford, Oklahoma, for nearly 18 years. Since being in Oklahoma, Brian has served on the SDC church planting board (CEEC). Brian and his wife, Stephanie, have two grown daughters, Reagan and Macie. Brian has a newfound hobby of running and loves his Brooks Aurora BL jogging shoes. More importantly, Brian is excited to serve the SDC family. In 2 Chronicles 20:12 Jehoshaphat said, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” I want to take that posture as I look to Jesus for guidance. You can reach Brian at

Russ Claassen
Russ has a passion for Jesus and ministry to youth and youth workers. He shares a deep love for his wife, Chandelle, and their two sons, Samuel and Dellen. As the Southern District Youth Minister, he has the privilege of encouraging, training, resourcing and navigating life with teenagers, parents and youth workers of our district. He has a special enthusiasm for youth camps and conferences. He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Tabor College in 1994 and a master’s degree in youth and family ministry from Denver Seminary in 1999. Russ has over 20 years of experience working with youth and families in the church and camp ministry settings. You can contact Russ by e-mail at

Amber Harshbarger
Amber is the Administrative Assistant and Treasurer for the Southern District Conference. She has a Bachelor's degree in music from Friends University, and loves to play the French horn and sing. Amber has been married to her husband, Kary, for over 20 years, and they have three children. The opportunity to further the ministry of the Gospel through her daily work is something that she treasures. Amber is busy outside of work managing her home and family, but sometimes finds time to enjoy sewing and crafting, reading, and playing board games. She lives with her family in Wichita, along with the world’s greatest cat, a Burmese named Tetra. You can contact Amber at


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