Bishop Stephen R. Harper

Pastor Harper is the founding pastor of New Life Church. He provides strong apostolic leadership, guidance, and teachings to the congregation. Before retiring in 2015 to become a full-time pastor, he worked as a sheriff for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 25 years.

Pastor Harper is an active member of the Central Falls community. He provides support and guidance to individuals and families. He was born in Philadelphia and has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from New Hampshire College. He also studied at Northeastern University's School of Criminal Justice.

He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife Ingrid, whom he has been married to since 1977. He has two daughters, Erika and Jacquelyn, three grandsons, Audi, Aiden, and Brandon, and a son-in-law, Pastor Audi Lynch.