Helen Amelia Perkins-Harris was born in Cassatt, South Carolina. She is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. John L. Perkins (deceased). Helen was educated in the Kershaw County Public school system where she chose to attend and graduate as one of nine first Afro- Americans to from Camden High School. She was reared by a Christian family and accepted Christ, and baptized at the age of eleven years old in her home-church, Nazareth Baptist Church, Cassatt, S.C.
Helen has completed careers with the United Stated Civil Service and United States Army Reserve. Over the course of 32 years she held many positions in Civil Service to include Supply Systems Analyst - Defense Logistics Agency, Richmond, Virginia and eventually retired with Department of Army, Army Human Resource Office, Ansbach, Germany. She also retired in 2009 after 35 years of Service as Chief Warrant Officer Five (5) from the United States Army Reserve which included 15 years of active duty.
Helen is currently in her third year at the Seminary & School of Missions (SSM) at the Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina working toward her Masters of Divinity in Chaplaincy. She also holds a B.A. degree in Business Management, St. Leo University as well as a M. A. in Management from Webster University. Helen is currently married to English R. Harris with three sons – Kurt J. Thaxton, English R. Harris, Jr., and Brian Harris, and one grand-daughter, Siobahn M. Harris. She is currently serving with the First Ecumenical Church, Columbia, SC and ministry teams at Daniel Circle Chapel, Fort Jackson, SC.