DAMON CONLEY

Care & Teams Pastor | damon@harvestmemphis.org

My Story

I was born and raised in Memphis and accepted Christ at a young age while under the leadership of my grandfather, Rev. T.L. Stewart. I was fortunate to have two grandfathers who pastored churches, which created a firm foundation for evangelism and discipleship for most of my family. With this foundation, I was able to navigate through high school using basic biblical principles to answer questions of identity and purpose without needing the affirmation of the norms created by society.

The questions of identity and purpose would rear its head again during my college years at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; and for a few years I failed to be salt and light as I was in high school. I was doing well in school; but it was hard to find an authentic faith community. For the first time I found myself surrounded by so many people who did not believe the good news of the Gospel; there were numerous belief systems and I was unable to navigate through my new surroundings. God graciously sent two men into my life who would help me in my spiritual maturity and would disciple me. James Mitchell served as the Chaplain for the University of Tennessee football team and spent countless hours with me on a weekly basis reading through the scriptures and teaching me life principles. Pastor Darold Arnold was very influential during my college years as he was planting a church on campus; he began to train and develop me in teaching the Word of God. I am so grateful for these men and their ministry to me during the rough college years. Their investment into my life was fully realized when I moved back to Memphis to begin pastoral ministry in 2005.

I moved back to Memphis and was licensed to preach the Gospel under the leadership of Dr. Ed Parker at Berean Missionary Baptist Church. I enjoyed preaching to the congregation there as well as teaching the youth and young adults weekly. I was challenged to go to seminary in order to continue in my development, so I enrolled at Union University and earned a Master’s of Christian Studies in 2009. I would later earn a Master of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.

I have served as adjunct faculty at Bethel University since 2010 and teach various classes in the religious studies program; and now serve in the same capacity at MCUTS.

My wife Erika is amazing; and we have been blessed two amazing sons, Daniel and Dylan.

My Hope For Harvest

My hope for Harvest Memphis is that we will do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God as we fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations.