Joshua Harris (b. 1974) is the senior pastor of
Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, best-selling author of four books, and serves on
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
Harris is the original author of the widely-circulated inspirational short story "
The Room," which originally appeared in New Attitude, a quarterly magazine for homeschooled teenagers he published from 1995 to 1997. ("The Room" was later reprinted
in I Kissed Dating Goodbye and is frequently misattributed to an anonymous author, or to deceased student Brian Keith Moore of Teays Valley, West Virginia.)
In 1997, Harris published his first book,I Kissed Dating Goodbye, advocating a Christian approach to dating and courtship. Sequels included Boy Meets Girl, in part describing his engagement to his wife, Shannon, released in 2000, and
Not Even a Hint: Guarding Your Heart Against Lust in 2003.
In 1998, he moved to Gaithersburg to serve as a pastoral intern under C.J. Mahaney, then senior pastor of Covenant Life Church, the founding church of
Sovereign Grace Ministries. The next year Harris hosted the first annual New Attitude Conference in Baltimore, which he ran until assuming the role of senior pastor in 2004.
Harris' brothers, twins Alex and Brett, are the hosts of the
The Rebelution, which includes a blog proclaiming a biblical worldview for teenagers.