First Lady Harper

Elder Starria F. Harper

         First Lady Starria F. Harper was the first of five children born to Bishop and Mrs. James W. France. She was born and raised in Bassett, VA. She received the Holy Ghost at the age of 13. She graduated in 1975 from John D. Bassett High School and continued her education at Virginia State University. There she earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Education, Masters of Education in Business Education and Masters of Education in Secondary Guidance and Counseling. She met the love of her life, Bishop Tyrone R. Harper, Sr. on campus in October 1975. They were married on April 5, 1980. To this union was born Ronda Rena’ and Tyrone, Jr.

In June of 1999, the congregation of the Rose of Sharon Apostolic Church elected Bishop Tyrone Harper as their pastor. Elder Harper was ordained in March of 2008. Under the leadership of her husband, she is Assistant Sunday School Teacher to the junior class, Bible Study teacher for the preteen/teen class, the founder and directress of Psalms of Praise, and the advisor to Under His Anointing Mime Team. She is employed as a school guidance counselor in Prince George County Public Schools.