Founded in 2016

City of Refuge Apostolic Ministry, Inc. was founded by Bishop Bobby L. Harris, Sr., and was incorporated in February 2016. Shortly thereafter, Bishop Harris began conducting bible studies and prayer in the family home. In August 2017, services were moved to the Best Western Conference Center in Creedmoor, North Carolina. In September 2017, City of Refuge was blessed with a building and moved to 120 West Church Street in Creedmoor, North Carolina, where services are currently being held. The first charter members were Sis. Willia Mae Barr (deceased), Sis. Kimberly McNeil, Sis. Ashlee McNeil, Sis. Tabitha McDonald and her children.

City of Refuge’s name was revealed to the then Minister Harris while he committed himself to a 12-month sabbatical dedicated to prayer, fasting, and meditating on God’s word. City of Refuge’s theme scripture comes from Psalm 91:2, “…He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

Mission/Vision

City of Refuge’s mission is to declare Jesus as the one and only true and living God, to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, to worship and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to create a Christian community of transformed followers of Jesus Christ.

Our vision is to build a multi-campus, multicultural church, and Christian education center for the community and beyond. With God’s help, City of Refuge plans to open a transitional center that provides emergency and transitional services for victims of abuse, the homeless and addicted—focusing on safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency.

Community Impact

We believe that the experiences of our members can have an impact on the community in which it serves and that we are responsible for preparing our members, not only for Heaven, but to be productive and contributing members of society.

Affiliations

Since inception, many changes have occurred at City of Refuge.  On August 2, 2017, Elder Harris was ordained at the 61st International Holy Convocation of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith International, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky, where Bishop Lambert W. Gates, Sr., was the Presiding Bishop.

City of Refuge became a member of the North Carolina District Council of the PCAF on December 5, 2017, where Bishop Otto Richardson was the Diocesan Bishop.

City of Refuge remained in the PCAF until September 15, 2019, and subsequently became affiliated with the Christian Apostolic Fellowship of Churches International, Inc., on October 23, 2019, where Bishop Paul M. Capers is the Presiding Bishop. Elder Harris was confirmed District Elder at the Inaugural Holy Convocation of the Christian Apostolic Fellowship of Churches International, Inc. on November 22, 2019.

On June 18, 2021, District Elder Harris was consecrated as Bishop during the 2nd Annual Summer Convention in Islandton, South Carolina, and he became the first Diocesan Bishop for the state of North Carolina and the Assistant General Secretary of the CAFOCII.