Founding & Senior Pastor
Harvest Bible Chapel
James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, and both are from Ontario, Canada. He is the father of three grown children, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and grandfather to five amazing grandsons. James has committed his life and ministry to the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. In 1988, along with a small group of ministry partners, James and Kathy planted Harvest Bible Chapel, which now has more than 13,000 people meeting at seven locations across Chicagoland each weekend.
Walk in the Word, a Bible-teaching television and radio broadcast ministry, was established in 1997. The radio program reaches more than three million people daily, and the television audience extends around the world. In 2002, through James’ leadership and by God’s grace, the church-planting ministry Harvest Bible Fellowship was founded and has established more than 100 churches across North America and around the world. James’ vision is for God to use Harvest Bible Fellowship to plant 1,000.
James’ extensive ministry also includes a training center for pastors, a year-round camp, a center for biblical counseling, a disaster-recovery organization, and a Christian school—all used to reach more people with the life-changing message of the gospel.
James is the author of several books including Vertical Church, Authentic, Lord Change My Attitude, When Life is Hard, Always True, Come Home, and most recently, Act Like Men.
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Harvest Bamenda, Cameroon
Joe is from Bamenda, Cameroon, and gave his life to Christ at the age of fifteen. He attended high school at Community Technical and Commercial College in Bafut, Cameroon where he studied building and construction technology. Joe’s first church planting experience began in 2003 in the capitol city Yaounde where he served as the pastoral assistant until 2005 when he was ordained. Since then he has planted two other churches in the neighboring São Tomé and Principe. Joe has been married for close to 6 years to Ndanji Quinta Feh. He was first introduced to Harvest through Senior Pastor Ebua Kum, of Harvest Douala, Cameroon. After completing the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting, Joe returned home where he planted Harvest Bible Chapel Bamenda in September 2015.
Harvest Columbus, OH
Growing up in western suburbs of Chicago, Luke came to know Christ at a young age. As a teenager, he began to sense a call to preach God’s Word and a desire to see people transformed by His power. Upon receiving his M. Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Luke joined the Harvest Training Center. From 2008-2010, he served as assistant to Pastor James MacDonald, prior to planting Harvest Columbus. To Luke, church has to be a place where people encounter the Living God each week through the unapologetic preaching and study of His Word, Christ-exalting worship, fervent prayer, and bold presentation of the gospel.
Harvest East Valley, AZ
Adam earned his B.A. from Bob Jones University and his M. Div. from The Master’s Seminary. He has served in numerous church staff capacities and as a Senior Pastor for four years. Adam points to the training at Harvest Bible Fellowship as a significant highlight in his ministry development and discipleship. After completing the training, he relocated to Phoenix, AZ under the leadership of Senior Pastor Bill Borinstein.
Following several months of preparation and prayer, Harvest Bible Chapel, East Valley, AZ was planted, with Adam at the helm. God has extended an amazing number of unexpected blessings, providing an outpouring of both people and circumstances to grow the church. Adam is committed to sharing the vision, purpose, and passion of Harvest Bible Chapel in the area.
Harvest Makwanpur-Ambhanjyang, Nepal
Pastor KedarBajgain was born into a Hindu family. He heard the gospel and wanted to become a Christian after receiving a tract. He experienced immediate opposition from his community, but it did not stop Kedar’s interest in following Christ.
He made a public profession of faith and was baptized at a Christian conference, a choice immediately followed by intense persecution. Kedar was kicked out of his home, had his livelihood taken, and was mentally tortured.
Opposition is no obstacle for the Lord, who led Kedar to meet Pastor Timothy Dahal, Senior Pastor of Harvest Kathmandu. Pastor Timothy trained and mentored him for nine months, then Kedar chose to return to his village to begin the work of God there.
Now leading Harvest Bible Chapel Makwanpur, Pastor Kedar is passionate to exhort others to love God with his whole heart. He strives to be an example of loving our neighbors as ourselves and living for the benefit of others.
Harvest Muskoka, ON, Canada
In 1996, Kaj started a one-year wilderness discipleship school called Summit College. The Lord gave him a passion to see people live radically different lives as they passionately follow Christ in a community of love and grace. In 2007, he prayerfully decided to step down from Summit and joined Harvest Bible Fellowship with the goal of planting Harvest Muskoka.
Known for his sense of humor and encouragement, Kaj continues to enjoy the outdoors and adventure activities, but his greatest desire is to see people grow closer in their relationship with their all-knowing, all-powerful, all-holy, and all-loving Heavenly Father.
Harvest Metanoia Arad, Romania
Dr. Cristian Barbosu felt God’s hand early in his life in Romania. He was trained since childhood to speak before crowds at a communist art festival, but God used this skill to prepare him for his future vocation in pulpit ministry. Cristian holds a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
In 2005, Harvest Bible Fellowship came alongside a group of like-minded, evangelical believers from Arad, Romania, and partnered together to launch Harvest Metanoia. Experiencing growth and passion for more Christ-exalting churches, the church in Arad has also partnered with core groups of believers to help launch other Harvest Metanoia churches in Romania, Austria, and Moldova.
Pastor Cristian seeks to intentionally bring Christ to those both inside and outside the church.
Harvest Buffalo, NY
Ricky grew up in a Christian home and trusted in Christ at the age of twelve. He married Laurie in 2001 and they have three daughters: Bailee, Annika and Julia. Ricky was called into ministry after going on a mission to trip to Mexico and is passionate about preaching the good news of Jesus Christ and seeing disciples made for the glory of God. He earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from the College at Southeastern, a counseling certificate from ACBC, and a M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, under the leadership of John MacArthur. Ricky has served in various teacher/leader roles throughout his ministry. Most recently (2012-2015) he served as the Pastor of Faith Bible Chapel in Randolph, NY. It was there that the Lord began to burden the Beck’s to see a vibrant church planted in Buffalo that would in turn plant other churches in western NY. In order to prepare for this ministry they relocated to Chicago and entered a four-month residency at the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting at Harvest Bible Chapel, Elgin.
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Harvest North Muskegon, MI
Brian grew up near Kansas City, Missouri, and gave his life to Christ at age 16 after a friend from work invited him to church.
He attended Truman State University as a pre-med student and graduated with a degree in psychology, but sensed a calling to full-time ministry. Brian married his college sweetheart, Aimee, shortly after graduation and moved to Chicago in 2001 to start his Master of Divinity studies at Trinity International University.
Brian and Aimee started attending Harvest Bible Chapel and upon graduating with his master’s, he was hired as a family pastor at Harvest’s Niles campus. In 2011, Brian was promoted to campus pastor and launched a new Harvest campus in the city, now known as Harvest Chicago Cathedral.
Brian completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2013 with a focus on outreach and discipleship and also sensed an increasing desire to become a senior pastor. In August 2014, he accepted the call to plant Harvest North Muskegon.
SOGOM Harvest Caldwell, Liberia
Augustus Ben was raised by a Christian mother but did not come to Christ until facing intense trial because of the civil war in Liberia. Several years after his conversion, Augustus felt a conviction to preach God’s Word in the community. Each morning he told others about Christ and entered the Baptist Theological Seminary to begin formal training.
In 2007, Augustus began attending Harvest Paynesville. Senior Pastor Moses Wheigar recognized his God-given gifts and began mentoring him. Augustus sang in the choir, served as a small group leader, and increasingly grew into other significant leadership roles. He is called by the Lord to implement the Great Commission by preaching the Word of God and making disciples throughout Liberia. Harvest Caldwell was launched in 2012.
Harvest Modesto, CA
Scott was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Modesto, California after coming to Christ at the age of 18 because of the faithful confrontation of a friend. Prior to meeting Christ, Scott was an angry youth who often skirted trouble and was academically struggling. After meeting Christ, Scott attended Modesto Junior College to work on raising his G.P.A. and then attended the Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. While in college, Scott met his wife Amy, and after dating for a few months they were engaged and then married three months later. They were married in 2002 and have since expanded their family to include three boys, Jonah, Noah, and Jacob.
Following the completion of school at The Master’s Seminary and serving on staff at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, Scott was called to serve as a biblical counselor in Tennessee. He says it was during his time as a counselor that the Lord developed in his heart a passion and desire for shepherding and pastoral ministry. The Lord affirmed this calling by presenting an opportunity to join the staff of a church plant in Kansas City, Missouri. Scott served as Pastor of Small Groups, Children’s, and Counseling in addition to giving oversight to the 18 acre facility. After 2 1/2 years of seeing vibrant, fruitful ministry develop in Kansas City, Scott was burdened to bring this experience to his hometown, Modesto. Harvest Bible Fellowship invited Scott to train in Elgin, Illinois at Harvest Bible Chapel. With the blessing of the Harvest Bible Fellowship, Scott is intensely engaged in casting vision and attracting leadership to the church plant now forming.
Harvest Kavre-TinPiple, Nepal
Growing up in Hindu culture and traditions, Prakash was raised to be against the gospel, even to the point of threatening those who shared it. While on his way to work one day, a woman told Prakash about salvation and Jesus’ miraculous works. She also assured him that everything is possible in Christ. Prakash began attending a church, where his daughter was prayed for and received miraculous healing, leading Prakash’s to accept Christ as his Savior.
His family also converted and though they have experienced persecution, they have remained faithful to God’s calling. Their community has come to a place of respect for the gospel.
Pastor Prakash has completed three years of biblical and theological studies at Harvest Kathmandu and Harvest Bible Fellowship training.
Harvest Bhaktapur-Kamalvinayak, Nepal
Bishal was born into a Hindu family and was married according to Hindu tradition. Numerous family medical issues had left Bishal with no money and intense sadness and hopelessness.
While he was searching for help and understanding, he met Pastor Timothy of Harvest Kathmandu who preached the gospel of hope. Bishal and his family began to attend Harvest and were encouraged spiritually by the believers.
Bishal accepted the Lord Jesus Christ on September 16, 2005 and was baptized six months later. This was followed by biblical and theological studies at Harvest Kathmandu and Harvest Bible Fellowship training. Harvest Bhaktapur launched in 2014.
Dik Bahadur BK
Harvest Kavre Palonchok
Dik Bahadur BK was born into a Hindu family and was raised and taught as per the rituals and cultures of Hindu religion. His family was also from the lower caste. As such, he was an untouchable.
After some years, one day, he found Bible in his house. That Bible belonged to his sister. He began reading about the birth of Jesus Christ all the way until his death. Through reading God’s word Dik came to that Jesus came to earth to save humanity. He immediately began attending church with his sister, finding joy and happiness and no sense of caste discrimination in the church. Soon after Dik accepted Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized.
Dik then met Elder Bishal B.K. of Harvest Bhaktapur, Nepal during a Bible training event. Dik quickly shared his desire to attend a really good church. Bishal brought him to Pastor Timothy Dahal of Harvest Kathmandu and Dik got plugged in. Dik now pastors Harvest Kavre Palonchok, Nepal.
Sita Ram BK
Harvest Chitwan District, Birendranagar, Nepal
Sita Ram BK was born into a Hindu family in the Makwanpur District of Nepal. His father was a witch doctor in their village and desired for Sita Ram to follow in his footsteps. Around 1990, Sita Ram found a Christian tract and accepted Christ as His Savior. He began to share the gospel with others in his village and had no fear even when persecution came as a result.
It was very important to Sita Ram’s family for him to become a witch doctor and they threatened him, but he refused to turn from Christ.
During a large Hindu festival, many witch doctors came to his village and threatened his life if he did not leave Christ immediately and follow their ancestors’ culture, religions, and tradition. Sita Ram’s faith was strong and he knew these things did not have any value after death. He refused to listen to them and was badly beaten. God spared his life and soon after he was baptized.
Later, Sita Ram moved to the Chitwan district and obeyed God’s call by starting a church. Sita Ram trained under Pastor Timothy of Harvest Kathmandu and launched Harvest Bible Chapel Birendranagar in January of 2013.
Harvest St. Vincent Is., Caribbean
Al is passionate about his homeland, the Caribbean’s St. Vincent Island, and even more passionate for Christ. Paired together, his desire to minister the grace of God to other islanders is a natural outflow of the new life the Lord breathed into Al’s heart as a repentant teen.
After a dramatic turnaround, Al pursued the call to ministry receiving a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute and an M.A. from Michigan Theological Seminary. With experience serving in youth ministry in St. Vincent and as an assistant pastor at Harvest Detroit West, Al now proclaims the gospel as Senior Pastor of Harvest St. Vincent. He loves to see transformation in the lives of other young men and the impact it can have on the entire island.
Harvest Phoenix, AZ
Bill spent twenty years owning a variety of businesses in Southern California and Las Vegas before being radically saved in 1998. Bill responded with an immediate hunger and thirst for God’s Word.
Within a few years, Bill and his wife had written a course on biblical marriage and taught it to thousands of couples at their home church and around the States. Entering full-time ministry in 2001, Bill cultivated a thriving men’s ministry and discipleship program, as well as planting a second location for Prestonwood.
With a foundation of abundant fruit-bearing ministry experience, Bill began a pulpit ministry at Harvest North Phoenix in 2008. Harvest North Phoenix has continued to thrive as the church remains faithful to their mission of “Lost people saved, saved people matured, and mature people multiplied…to the glory of God.”
Harvest Conyngham Valley, PA
Jeff became very involved in ministry while attending Lancaster Bible College. After completing his education there, he felt called to return to his home to pursue ministry. He joined another pastor and a small group of people who gathered to start a new church.
As a Walk in the Word listener, Jeff knew about Harvest Bible Chapel and learned of the Fellowship through good friends at Harvest Indy West. After attending The Elephant Room in 2010, he became deeply persuaded to join the Fellowship.
Jeff’s church already has many Harvest distinctives, and he pursued the opportunity to replant with the Fellowship. He believed that by partnering with HBF, it would accelerate discipleship and their influence in Eastern Pennsylvania. Pastor Jeff completed his residency at the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting and Harvest Conyngham was replanted on September 16, 2012.
Harvest Decatur, IL
Tony came to Christ at age 5 during a chapel service at his Christian school. Originally from Austin, TX, Tony moved to Illinois in 2000. He earned a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute and a M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Tony is committed to seeing God’s Word transform the lives of people in Decatur and the entire central Illinois area through the ministry of Harvest Decatur.
His favorite verse is Romans 12:1-2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Harvest Holguin, Cuba
Rafael Calero is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Holguin, Cuba which launched in 2015. He has been faithfully shepherding this group of Christians for years, and by God’s grace, Harvest was introduced to Rafael and his ministry in 2013. Harvest Holguin is our first church plant in Cuba and we pray it represents the first fruits of what is to come.
Harvest Metanoia Chisinau, Moldova
Cristi accepted the Lord Jesus as his personal savior at the age of 19. Just three months after his conversion, the Lord called him to the mission field of Moldova.
After a year of studies at the theological seminary ”Înfrățirea” in Bușteni, Romania, he returned to the Republic of Moldova. There he helped local churches, reaching out to the youth who did not have a personal relationship with Christ.
He continued to pursue part-time theological studies studies at the same theological seminary, all the while serving in the mission field and being involved in the planting of churches in Moldova, Transnistria and Romania.
In 2011, Cristi learned more about God’s work through the churches of Harvest Metanoia Romania and joined this group of churches, planting a church in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova. He considers it to be a great privilege but also an immense pleasure and responsibility to be the pastor of Harvest Metanoia Chisinau.
Harvest Pittsburgh East, PA
The Lord grabbed Jeremiah’s heart at a young age. Growing up in church with his dad serving as a full-time evangelist, he knew early on that he was meant to be in ministry.
With a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Northland University and an M.A. in Religion from Liberty University, he pursued the calling from the Lord to be a pastor and plant a church. Jeremiah was ordained in 2005 and served as a youth/ college/recreation pastor for five years.
He encourages the people of Harvest Pittsburgh East to “gather on Sunday to be fueled and then scatter throughout the week to light a fire in the city for the glory of God!”
He has been serving at Harvest Pittsburgh East since 2013.
Harvest Rochester, NY
Brandon is originally from Rochester, NY, but God has sent him to live in New Orleans, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Chicago to proclaim His gospel. God saved Brandon from Roman Catholicism when he was 10 years old. He studied at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York, earned his B.S. in Biblical Counseling at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, IN and is currently close to finishing a M.A. in Bible Exposition at the Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA. Brandon served for two years as the youth pastor at HBC Palos before becoming the Associate Pastor in 2013. He has been married for 10 years to Shannon. In 2011 Brandon met some men from the Fellowship at a conference and was ignited by the 4 Pillars and Harvest’s church-planting philosophy.
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Harvest Metanoia Brasov, Romania
Cristian Cherechean was born into a Christian family deeply committed to the church. The example set by his grandparents and parents convicted him at an early age to live for God’s glory.
But it was not until he was 18 years old that he truly repented and personally accepted Christ as Savior and Lord. He has a B.A. and M.A. from Aurel Vlaicu University in the field of education and educational management. After the revolution and fall of communism in Romania, in Cristi was also trained at Youth for Christ International and the Romanian Missionary Training Institute. This experience led him into youth ministry for many fruitful years.
In 2007, the church where he served was struggling. Cristi experienced a season where his faith and confidence in the church wavered. In 2010 Cristi found Harvest Metanoia Arad. God has worked through the church to bring healing, restoration, and help for his family. Harvest Brasov was planted in 2013.
Harvest Jacmel, Haiti
Abraham was born in Cayes-Jacmel, Southeast Haiti. At the age of 12, he gave his life to the Lord and immediately felt the desire to walk with Christ and work for Him. After being baptized he committed himself to church ministries.
He served as a youth director and Sunday Bible teacher at his home church. God continued to lead Abraham toward full-time ministry through his studies. After receiving his B.A. in Education, Abraham went on to seminary. Soon after completing his M. Div., the Lord called Abraham to minister in his hometown, where he planted Grace Ministry. God has blessed Grace Ministries with a church, two orphanages, and a pre-K through 12th grade school. In 2013 Harvest Bible Fellowship became connected to Pastor Abraham through relationships at Harvest York Region Ontario and Harvest Peoria, Illinois. This began a journey where God was calling us to join hands to impact Haiti for Christ.
Pastor Abraham transitioned Grace Ministries and became Harvest Bible Chapel Jacmel. He now looks forward to the day when they will become a church planting church to advance the gospel across his home country.
Harvest Metanoia Ploiesti, Romania
Although Sam grew up in a Christian home and attended church regularly, his loyalties were divided. At a young age, he tried to live a double life, serving two masters. At the age of 12, he tired of this unfulfilling way of life and fully submitted his life to Jesus as his only Lord and Savior.
However, it wasn’t until he was seventeen that he understood that salvation was by grace alone and not by grace plus works. Since then he has been fully assured of his salvation.
From the time of his conversion, Sam has had an overwhelming passion to study and preach God’s Word. While at university he got involved with a student ministry and later entered full-time ministry.
After attending seminary in London, Sam returned to Romania to serve at Harvest Metanoia Ploiesti as an associate pastor. After serving as the interim pastor for a season, Sam was appointed as the Senior Pastor.
Harvest Kathmandu, Nepal
Timothy grew up in a poor Hindu family with a difficult life. His life was transformed when a missionary introduced him to the gospel and the saving work of Jesus Christ. Though persecution followed, Timothy continued to attend his church and grow his faith.
In 1988, the Lord called Timothy into the ministry and he had the privilege of serving Christ in a Baptist church. After several years of pastoring, God confirmed His will for Timothy to step out in faith and plant a church. In 2004, a small group of believers planted Nepal Missionary Church Mission.
In 2008, Pastor Timothy contacted Harvest Bible Fellowship to seek a partnership in ministry. He now serves as the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel Kathmandu in Nepal.
Even though Nepal has been declared a secular state, 95% of its population is Hindu and less than 2% are Christians. Yet these statistics and the persecution that accompanies them do not discourage Pastor Timothy or the church leadership in Nepal. He says, “Today is the day for salvation and we are working towards that end to proclaim the riches of Christ, teach God’s Word, lift high the name of Jesus in worship, and pray as we share our faith with boldness.”
SOGOM Harvest Buchanan, Liberia
Harvest Buchanan is the second Servants of God Outreach Ministries church in Liberia to transition into a Harvest Bible Chapel. Pastor Korkor David started serving as the Senior Pastor of Harvest Dorzohn in 2015. Korkor is passionate to win disciples and see people serve the Lord faithfully.
Harvest Cambridge, OH
Nate grew up in Toledo, Ohio. Nate’s father was a church planter who planted churches all over the Midwest.
With degrees from Liberty University, Cedarville University, and Baptist Bible College, Nate also served eight years in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He held several positions in restaurant management before beginning his ministry career in 1999 at Welsh Memorial Baptist Church as a youth pastor. Since then Pastor Nate has served as a youth pastor and worship leader, most recently at Calvary Baptist Church in Byesville, Oh. Nate was ordained in the fall of 2009 while at Calvary Baptist Church.
He enjoys leading worship and song writing, and loves serving as the Senior Pastor of Harvest Cambridge.
Josh de Koning
Harvest San Antonio, TX
Joshua was born and raised in Texas. Though he was raised in a Christian home, he truly came to Christ at the age of 25 while visiting family in Amsterdam. He gives God all the glory for relentlessly pursuing him and continually growing him into a deeper relationship with His Son.
After his conversion, he quickly felt a passion and calling for teaching the Bible and pastoring people.
Josh graduated from Texas State University with a degree in English and is in the M. Div. program at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has worked in various fields including teaching, fire-fighting, farming, and 13 years at the law firm of Lloyd Gosselink.
In 2009, Josh joined the core group of the then-brand-new Harvest Bible Chapel Austin. In 2011 he became an Elder there, and in 2012 he enrolled in seminary. In 2013, Josh was accepted into the Harvest Bible Fellowship Training Center as the planting pastor for Harvest Bible Chapel San Antonio where he currently serves as Senior Pastor.
Harvest Rochester, MN
Steve grew up in a God-honoring family in Rochester, MN. Since receiving Christ in 1991, God has given him a burning desire to minister to others.
During seminary he served as a part-time youth pastor, then returned to the church of his youth where he and began leading both children and student ministries.
Steve’s sister started attending Harvest Naperville and he watched her life be transformed. After visiting her church one Sunday it completely changed his view on church and living out a personal relationship with Christ.
In time, God paved the way for him to come on staff at Harvest Naperville, where he served in children’s ministry for three years before attending the Harvest Bible Fellowship Training Center in 2010. In 2011, he moved back home to launch Harvest Rochester.
Steve desires to make disciples who passionately follow Jesus for a lifetime.
Harvest Rockford, IL
John grew up in Leavenworth, Washington, and studied music at Northwest Nazarene College for two years before sensing a call to pastoral ministry.
He transferred to The Master’s College to prepare for ministry. This decision was motivated by a desire to be under the influence of Bible teacher John MacArthur through the college and Grace Community Church.
After graduation, he entered The Master’s Seminary for further studies in theology. He served at Grace Community Church as an intern in the high school ministry. Expecting to immerse himself in a teaching ministry after graduation from seminary, it became clear after several years that God wanted him to lead praise and worship.
Before coming to Harvest, John was worship pastor at Faith Bible Church in Spokane, Washington, for nine years.
John Dirkse became the senior pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel Rockford in March of 2005.
Harvest Fresno, CA
Pastor Dosti has served in spiritual leadership, teaching, counseling, discipleship training to diverse groups, ranging from citizens of Beverly Hills to inner cities and prisons.
Prior to being called as Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel Fresno, he served under the Senior Pastor of Pastoral Care at Grace Community Church, the home church of John MacArthur. At Grace Community Church, Ben’s responsibilities included teaching, preaching, and counseling for Bible study groups.
He is from Los Angeles, California and graduated from UCLA. He obtained advanced degrees from Luther Rice Seminary (M.A. in Biblical Studies) and The Master’s Seminary (M. Div.).
Harvest DeKalb, IL
Jason grew up in a Christian home in Wheaton, Illinois and trusted Christ at a young age. While in high school, Jason went on a short-term mission trip, and the Lord began calling him to ministry. It was then that he became devoted to following Christ and sharing that growth and joy with others.
He attended Moody Bible Institute and graduated with a degree in Bible and is currently working towards a M.A. there.
Prior to joining Harvest Bible Chapel DeKalb, Jason was a worship leader and part-time Pastor of Adult Ministries at Harvest North Phoenix. In 2008, he came to DeKalb as the Pastor of Worship and later as the Pastor of Children’s Ministry. Now he serves as the Senior Pastor.
His desire is to raise up more leaders to further established in Christ in the DeKalb area.
Harvest Chattanooga, TN
Mike is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Though saved at a young age, raised in a Christian home, and educated at a Christian school, he never embraced living life in a manner worthy of Christ until his late teens. At that time his desire to share the truth of God’s Word with others began to grow.
He found success in the marketplace, but was never fully content and sensed God calling him to something different.
Mike attended Pensacola Christian College, then moved to the Quad Cities in Iowa and plugged into Harvest Bible Chapel Davenport. He served as the Junior High Pastor for four years.
God was growing Mike’s desire to plant a Harvest Bible Chapel in the south, and the Elders of Harvest Davenport asked him to consider planting Harvest Bible Chapel Chattanooga.
Serving the Lord in full-time ministry—proclaiming His Word boldly and discipling others faithfully—is Mike’s greatest passion and joy.
Harvest Barrie, ON, Canada
Todd has been the Senior Pastor at Harvest Barrie in Ontario since the church’s launch in 2001. A graduate of London Baptist Bible College and Heritage Seminary, Todd has been a follower of Christ since 1979. He previously served for seven years as an adult ministries pastor in St. Thomas, Ontario.
Born in Quebec, Todd’s passion is for the church: making disciples, training leaders, planting churches, and preaching the Word of God.
The Bible verse that first gripped Todd’s heart as a new believer was Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Harvest Brampton, ON, Canada
Ted Duncan served on staff at Harvest Oakville for five years and before serving as the Senior Pastor at Harvest Brampton. Ted has a passion for helping people, young and old, know God through understanding the Bible and teaching them what it means to pray, worship, and evangelize.
He earned B.A. degrees in history and education at Queen’s University and a M. Div. at Heritage Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario. Ted is honored to be commissioned by the elders to plant Harvest Oakville’s first church plant.
Harvest Miami, FL
In May 2009, after successfully completing an eight-month church-planting residency program in Harvest’s Training Center for Church Planting. Jason became the Senior Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel Miami.
Before coming to Harvest Jason earned an M.A. from The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, California. During his time in Southern California, Jason served in adult ministries shepherding a small group at Grace Community Church where John MacArthur serves as Teaching Pastor. Jason has also earned a M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Previous to Jason’s call to full time ministry, he worked in occupational therapy for seven years, primarily in hospitals and clinics throughout the Miami area.
Jason is most passionate about Jesus Christ, the radical change the Lord made in his own life, and His desire to change other lives as well through the bold proclamation of God’s Word. In leading Harvest Miami, Jason is eager to shepherd and train others to engage with him in ministry that God will energize.
Harvest Portland, ME
Bill grew up just 15 minutes from Harvest Portland and remembers clearly the night he accepted Christ as his Savior at age 8.
Bill graduated from a local Christian high school and began Bible college, but left after one year to return home and work in construction. In 1993, after years of building homes, getting married, becoming a father, and serving in the local church, Bill returned to his first calling and again attended Bible college.
In 1997, Bill became the pastor of his home church in Scarborough, Maine. For the next 8 years, He was bi-vocational; pastoring the church and building homes.
In 2005, the church joined Harvest Bible Fellowship and formally became a Harvest Bible Chapel. In March of 2011, Harvest Bible Chapel Scarborough moved to a more central location on the Portland/Westbrook city line.
Bill has a passion to preach and teach the Word of God and a desire to see revival in the hearts of the people in the Portland Metro area.
Harvest West Olive, MI
Prior to serving West Olive, Ken graduated from Cedarville College in 1983 and then worked as a youth pastor for two churches in Ohio. He also served as the pastor of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Lima, Ohio.
Ken came to Harvest West Olive, formerly Grace Church, as the Director of Christian Education in 1994. In 2001, he became Senior Pastor.
He enjoys NASCAR, golf, and hunting, but his greatest passion is to teach God’s Word and to see that Word impact and transform the lives of people.
Harvest Gianda, Liberia
Pastor Daniel began leading Harvest Gianda in 2016 after he was appointed to the role of pastor by the Elders.
SOGOM Harvest Dorzohn, Liberia
Called to preach, teach, and lead the people of Harvest Dorzohn, Liberia in the ways of the Lord, Senior Pastor Emmanuel Glay is responding in God’s strength.
Emmanuel was trained under the leadership of SOGOM Harvest in Paynesville, Liberia. He is committed to raising disciples on the pillars of Harvest in the rural area of Bassa County.
The bush country of interior Liberia is a context with significant physical and spiritual challenges, yet this church is thriving—alive with the gospel of Christ and boldly proclaiming His Word.
Harvest Indy South, IN
Brock grew up near Grand Rapids, Michigan, and professed Christ as Savior at a young age. He received his call to ministry while attending Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and after graduating he earned a M.Div. from Faith Bible Seminary. For the last five years Brock has served as a pastor at Rock Point Church in Crawfordsville, where he oversees the outreach ministries and serves on the teaching team with his Senior Pastor. He has been married for 5 years to Arica. The Grahams were first exposed to Harvest through the friendship with Doug Helmer, Senior Pastor of Harvest Indy West, and his wife Karen. Brock and Arica had also attended HarvestU. He graduated from the Harvest Training Center in 2014 and launched Harvest Bible Chapel Indy South in 2015.
Harvest Western Massachusetts, MA
A Western Mass local, Doug has lived in Chicopee for most of his life. After earning a B.A. in biology from the University of Massachusetts, Doug worked as a lab technician at Baystate Health Systems for 10 years. Although Doug enjoyed his work in the lab, he knew God was calling him into the ministry.
Doug attended Baptist Bible Seminary, earning a M. Div. Following seminary, he served as an associate pastor for eleven years, including serving as a pastor and instructor for Biblical Counseling at Faith Baptist Church in Lafayette, Indiana.
Through Doug Helmer, Senior Pastor at Harvest Indy West, Doug was connected with Harvest Bible Fellowship. He attended the Harvest Training Center in the spring of 2011 before launching the church in the summer of 2011.
Planting Harvest Bible Chapel in Ludlow, in Doug’s words, is “a dream come true.” He is passionate about bringing the gospel to the people in the area and leading a church that exists to help people negotiate life’s challenges and experience a lasting change.
Harvest Fayetteville, AR
Growing up in a Christian home Bobby came to Christ at the age of 12. In high school Bobby fell away from his faith in a time of rebellion. On March 12, 2001 he rededicated his life to the Lord.
While in student ministry, Bobby served on the worship team and while serving in student ministry, the Lord confirmed his calling to pursue preaching.
Bobby has a B.A. in communications from Buffalo State University, as well as a B.A. in general studies from Texas A&M. He received in M. Div. from Southwestern Seminary. Bobby planted Harvest Fayetteville in 2013.
Harvest Granger, IN
Trent surrendered his life to Christ at the age of 15 while attending a vibrant church in Oklahoma. He has a passion for communicating the truth of God’s Word in a way that engages the heart. He is convinced that God is ready to command His blessing on a church that elevates the greatness of Jesus and calls people to respond to the gospel in faith and repentance.
In 1991, Trent graduated from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. Trent and his wife, Andrea married in 1994 and then spent 15 years as conference speakers with Life Action Ministries. They are also national speakers for Family Life’s Weekend to Remember Marriage Getaways. Trent has been the Senior Pastor of Harvest Granger since planting the church in 2009.
Harvest Durham, ON, Canada
It took a tragic sports injury to bring Ian to a place of humble submission before God. Through that trial, Ian learned God must be his one and only pursuit. After he surrendered his whole life to Christ, the call to ministry was made clear to him.
Ian received his B.A. from York University and his M. Div. from The Master’s Seminary. Prior to coming to the Harvest Training Center, he worked on staff at Grace Community Church in the conference department, served as a leader in a young married and family fellowship group, and in the college ministry.
Ian’s greatest desire is to see God glorified. His prayer is that God will use Harvest Durham to be a pillar of truth in the Durham Region—that the preaching of God’s Word would transform believers in that area and bring them to maturity in Christ.
Harvest Annapolis, MD
Dan comes to the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting from Annapolis, Maryland. Dan surrendered his life to Christ at the age of 8, began to truly follow him at 16, and followed God’s call into full-time ministry in 2005. He graduated with a degree in Economics and Business Management from The College of William and Mary, and earned a M.A. in Theology from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in a variety of ministry roles in the last eight years, the most recent of which was as the Missions and Outreach Pastor of a church in Annapolis. Dan has been married for 10 years to Ann. Dan got involved with Harvest through Jonathan Dobbs, the Pastor of Missions and Small Groups at Harvest North Indy. After completing the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting Dan launched Harvest Bible Chapel Annapolis in 2015.
Harvest Palos, IL
Prior to planting Harvest Palos, Ryan received his B.A. from Governors State University in 2000 and taught for several years in suburban Chicago. He left teaching to enter vocational ministry in 2004.
Ryan helped plant Crossroads Community Church and served there as youth pastor, worship director, associate pastor, and overseer of small groups. He then finished the residency program of the Harvest Training Center and received his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute. He planted Harvest Palos in 2009.
Harvest West Minneapolis, MN
Prior to becoming the Senior Pastor of Harvest West Minneapolis, Brent pastored a church in Shelbyville, Indiana. He has served as a director of adult ministries and as teaching pastor in Omaha, Nebraska, as will as working as a corporate recruiter in Colorado.
Brent received a B.A. from Illinois State University (where he played on the university’s baseball team) and a M. Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.
Harvest Glasgow, Scotland
Scott is very passionate about bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to the people of Scotland. His vision is to establish six churches in the six main cities of Scotland and change the nation in one generation. He previously pastored a church in Scotland and desires for Christ’s light to shine in a place where God’s Word is desperately needed.
Scott is encouraged by what the Lord is doing and says, “I have never seen people grow so much as they are doing in the church at any time in any church I have been part of. I am encouraged by people who are seeking to faithfully follow Jesus. We’ve seen a lot of lost, hurt, broken and disappointed people come to Harvest Glasgow and be transformed and have the temperature of their walk with Jesus turned up. Our church family is seeing that Jesus is great, they get that the gospel is vital, they get that their lives can count for God and His glory.” Scott has been the Senior Pastor of Harvest Glasgow since it launched in 2009.
Harvest Peoria, IL
Tim’s passion is to bring glory to God through a church on fire for Jesus Christ! He loves to preach God’s Word faithfully and passionately, and enjoys being a part of a ministry where the Holy Spirit radically transforms hearts. Tim became the Senior Pastor at Harvest Peoria in October 2008.
Tim trusted in Christ as a young child and was raised in a strong Christian home. He worked as an electrical engineer for 17 years in the Naperville, IL area after graduating from Wheaton College and the University of Illinois in 1988.
In 2002, Tim began to sense a call to move toward full time ministry. Tim joined the staff at Harvest Bible Chapel Naperville in 2004 and served in a variety of adult ministry roles while completing a M.Min. degree from Moody Bible Institute.
Harvest Fort Wayne, IN
Born in Madisonville, Kentucky, Jamie was saved at the age of twelve and knew that when he grew up he wanted to be a preacher. He earned his B.A. in pastoral studies from Faith Baptist Bible College.
Prior to full-time ministry, he served in the Army National Guard, and ran a computer consulting business.
As Senior Pastor of Harvest Fort Wayne, Jamie is driven to effectively communicate God’s Word with passion and in a way that enables people in his church to live it.
Harvest Indianapolis-West, IN
Doug owned a business for 21 years before moving into vocational ministry. He served as an assistant pastor for five years before planting Harvest Indianapolis-West. Doug has a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Indiana University and a Masters of Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA. He is working on a Doctorate of Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.
Harvest Ventura, CA
After coming to the Lord in high school, Brent did not waste any time in serving Him. He volunteered in youth ministry. He received increasing responsibilities and became a deacon at the age of 18.
He has a B. S. in business from California State University, Channel Islands and attained his M. Div. from The Master’s Seminary. While in seminary, Brent served as a youth pastor, and after graduating, church leaders affirmed his qualifications and gifting for church leadership and pastoral ministry. He became an Elder at his church and also led mission trips to Mexico and Ireland.
He moved to Ventura County in 2003 and served as a pastor of student ministries for nine years. During this time Brent’s heart was moved to plant a church in the city of Ventura. In 2013, Brent and a team of 30 faithful believers planted Harvest Bible Chapel Ventura. His ministry there focuses on expository preaching, biblical counseling, and life-on-life discipleship of leaders within the church.
Jeff trusted in Christ for salvation at the age of five. He earned a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from Moody Bible Institute, and he is currently completing a M.Div. in Christian Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in pastoral ministry since 2006 in various teaching and leading roles. Most recently (2010-2015) he served as a pastor at Union View Baptist Church in Franklinton, NC. He and his wife, Carissa, have been married for 9 years, and they have three children: Jolie, Judah, and Jacey. He learned of the Harvest Training Center through Harvest Bible Chapel Lancaster.
Harvest Sacramento, CA
Scott came to Christ at the age of 12. His hunger for the Lord and His Word only increased as a high school student. Actively involved in youth group, leading short-term mission teams, and translating Spanish for missions to Mexico, Scott continued his passion for serving right into college.
He obtained a B. A. in communications studies from UCLA where he was involved with Campus Crusade and World Impact. Both organizations offered him many opportunities to fill his desire to share the gospel. Scott also holds his M. Div. from The Master’s Seminary.
Scott spent a year in Mexico City to help start a Christian outreach ministry on La UNAM college campus. It was there that God solidified his calling to plant a church, preach God’s Word, and shepherd the flock He entrusts to him. Harvest Sacramento launched in 2013.
Targu Mures, Romania
Doru was raised in a Christian home, but he did not repent of his sins and accept Christ as Savior until his late twenties. He attended the University of Aurel Vlaicu, in Romania, specializing in Pentecostal Theology, and graduated in 2004. Doru has served as a Sunday school teacher, youth pastor, deacon, and elder. He is married to Emanuela and has three children: Theola, Amira, and Sem. Doru was drawn to Harvest Bible Chapel through his exposure to the ministry philosophy, doctrine, and emphasis on the practical application of the Word of God to life. He was finally connected to Harvest Bible Fellowship through Pastor Cristian Barbosu of Harvest Metanoia Arad, Romania.
Harvest Hickory, NC
Originally from Corvallis, OR, Ryan spent the early years of his life moving around the country as a military kid before settling in Chicago in 1999, where he attended college at Trinity International University and Moody Bible Institute. Beginning in 2005 Ryan served as both a worship pastor and associate pastor prior to planting Redemption Bible Church in 2009 just outside Chicago, where he served as lead pastor for seven years.
In March of 2016 Ryan transitioned the leadership of Redemption and became the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory, NC. Ryan is committed to spreading the vision of Harvest Bible Chapel throughout their region and is passionate about seeing more churches planted so that more disciples will be made. He is married to his wife, Tami and has three children named Ava, Ryder, and Lincoln. Ryan also hosts a podcast for ministry leaders called In The Room.
Harvest Español, Miami West
Israel’s eyes were opened to the gospel in 2001 at the age of 18, and he immediately felt a hunger for the word of God. Four years later, he sensed the Lord calling him to full-time ministry.
He joined HBC Miami in 2009 and began serving in a variety of ministries. In 2012, he obtained a M. A. in Biblical Studies from Moody Seminary. He is passionate about the core values of Harvest and shares the vision of churches planting churches.
Harvest Miami West was established September 7, 2014 as the first Spanish-speaking Harvest in the United States.
SOGOM Harvest Harmonville, Liberia
Situated in Grand Bassa County, Harmonville is a farming community of around 2,000 villagers. William started his ministry in the United Disciples of Christ Church, serving as a pastor and helping many local churches without a leader.
Pastor John of Harvest Buchanan and Pastor Moses of Harvest Paynesville visited this village to share the gospel and the Lord brought great fruit. After several families gave their lives to Christ, there was a need for a man to shepherd, teach, and preach God’s Word to those in the area. Pastor William answered the call.
Shaping Pastor William’s ministry is his longing for Christ’s second coming. Life in Harmonville is difficult, and the hope that believers have found in Christ is what causes them to share the good news of Jesus with boldness. Harvest Harmonville is young and has a burning passion to prepare people to meet Christ and to minister holistically to those in surrounding villages.
Harvest Des Moines, IA
Ryan grew up in a Christian home and came to the Lord at the age of 5. As a junior high student, he grasped that seeking the Lord and His plan looks very different than the world’s plan. Ryan rededicated his life to Jesus and continued to grow in his love and passion for His plan and His Word through high school.
After a two-month missionary trip to Europe at the age of 16, Ryan knew he wanted to go to college to pursue his desire to be in ministry. He obtained his B. A. in Christian Ministries with a minor in Biblical Literature from Indiana Wesleyan University, and his M. Div. from Columbia International University (Seminary).
With nine years in full-time ministry and experience planting a church, Ryan was driven and led by the Spirit to become equipped to plant Harvest Des Moines.
Harvest Chicago West, IL
Jon Kelly was born in Chicago, but raised in Philadelphia, PA. Growing up, he spent most of his teen years selling drugs, in and out of detentions centers, and trying not to get killed in the streets. His poor decisions finally landed him in prison at the age of 19 for his role in a shooting that left a young man dead. It was in a prison cell facing a life sentence that Jon received a copy of God’s Word. Beginning in the book of Matthew and reading through to Hebrews, he was gripped by the gospel and forever changed. Now a new Christian and planning to spend the rest of his life in prison for his crime, Jon was shown mercy by God and sentenced to 6-20 years. After serving 6 years, he was released on parole and began serving at Christian Stronghold Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. It was there that he met his beautiful wife and best friend, Danielle, while they both served in the youth ministry. In 2011, Jon moved to Chicago and enrolled at Moody Bible Institute where he studied Systematic Theology. While pursuing his degree, he served as a Family Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel Cathedral located Downtown. Ever since coming to Christ in that prison cell, Pastor Jon has had an intense burden to preach the gospel and make disciples to the glory of God. Jon is excited and grateful to be the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel Chicago West.
Jon and his wife Danielle have been married for 5 years and have one son, Benjamin. They also have another son due in Spring 2016. Pastor Jon loves reading, spending time with family & friends, and cheering for any Philadelphia sports team.
West Valley, AZ
Seth is originally from Owatonna, MN, and although he grew up in a Christian home, he did not fully embraced Christ until he was 21. At that point, God opened his eyes to see the devastation of his sinfulness and the gift of the cross of Christ.
He has been a part of Harvest since he was saved, becoming a member at the Rolling Meadows Campus in 1995. Shortly after his conversion experience God gave him a heart for full-time ministry.
Seth graduated from Trinity International University with a B.A. in Student Ministries and Biblical Studies. He served with Young Life for seven years and in 2007 became a full-time pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel North Phoenix.
Seth and a group of committed followers of Christ established Harvest West Valley on May 4, 2014.
Harvest Houston, TX
John turned from his sin and embraced Christ as Savior in 1995 at the age of 26. He received a B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University, a M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, and is currently finishing his D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Before attending seminary John was a police officer in Bloomington, IN and he worked for the U.S. Secret Service. From 2003 to 2012 he served as the Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Grapevine, Texas. From 2012 to 2015 he served as Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Newman Grove, Nebraska before coming to the Harvest Training Center. He is married to Rachel and they have six children: Grant, Nathan, Caleb, Seth, Ashley, and Levi.
Harvest Bloomington, IN
Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, Josh was an outspoken atheist—until he heard the gospel preached for the first time and responded by faith. From that point on, Josh knew the Lord had saved him and called him to serve. Opportunities to lead and teach increased as God used him to influence other people’s lives for Christ.
Josh received an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and holds his M. Div. from Faith Bible Seminary. He served three years as a pastoral intern at First Baptist Church in Lafayette, Indiana. Harvest Bloomington was planted in 2011.
His great desire is to shepherd God’s people and see the Lord Jesus Christ lifted high through praise and worship.
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Ray professed Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 25. He earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an option in Speech Communication, a Bachelor of Education from Nippissing University and is currently finishing his Master of Theological Studies from Heritage College and Seminary. Ray has served in various roles throughout his ministry in the church. Most recently, (2012-2015), he served as the Director of Discipleship Ministries of Harvest Bible Chapel Brampton. Ray has been married for 7 years to Natalie and they have been blessed with four boys: Isaac (5), Samuel (5), Micah (3) and Caleb (1). Ray was brought into Harvest Bible Fellowship through the Enter Harvest event in Oakville in 2012 and has been moving towards church planting with HBF ever since. He graduated from the Harvest Training Center in December of 2015 and launched Harvest Ottawa in 2017.
Harvest Douala, Cameroon
Ebua Kum was invited to attend church and came with one purpose: to gather flaws in Scripture and stand against Christianity. Instead, he was saved.
Called to full-time ministry in 2000, Ebua has spent most of his ministry life as a missionary for World Mission Agency in Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon.
Ebua has a M.A. in Evangelism and Church Planting from Liberty University and speaks four languages fluently. He has been pastoring Harvest Douala since it launched in 2012.
Montagne La Voûte, Haiti
Pastor Renel was born in the mountainous region of Montagne La Voûte.He grew up in a Christian family of 9 children. Although he was born into a Christian family, he did not become a believer right away and instead pursued the things of the world. Eventually, Pastor Renel saw the error in his ways through the idol worship and practice of voudou of his grandparents and the darkness that he observed through those practices. He became a believer on January 25, 1996, and was baptized that same year. Pastor Renel found purpose, meaning, and true life in Christ that he hadn’t had before.
God began leading Pastor Renel to serve in the church where he saw great need for believers to be raised up in God’s truth. This spurred a spiritual hunger for Pastor Renel and he moved to Jacmel where he served at Harvest Jacmel for 4 years and began his Bible degree. He began preaching God’s Word in April 2000, and was eventually ordained by Harvest Bible Chapel Jacmel on August 11, 2012, being sent out to minister to the community of Montagne La Voûte, which is his hometown.
Pastor Renel has been locked in with Harvest through his church’s ongoing relationship with Harvest Jacmel as Harvest Jacmel has continued to grow in depth, breadth and involvement with the Harvest Bible Fellowship.
Harvest Lancaster, PA
Jerry is originally from Altoona, PA. He came to know the Lord at a vacation bible school when he was a child. Later Jerry decided to attend Lancaster Bible College and after graduating he attended Moody Theological Seminary. He served at NewSong Fellowship Church in Lancaster, PA for 12 years before it transitioned to become a Harvest Bible Chapel in 2013. During his time at Harvest Lancaster he served over ministry development and organized, led and handed over facets of the ministry. Most recently, prior to serving as the Interim Sr. Pastor, he was the Assistant Sr. Pastor and oversaw, all of Adult Ministry including Small Groups, leadership equipping, Soul Care, and assimilation. Jerry now serves as the Interim Senior Pastor of Harvest Lancaster.
Harvest Traverse City, MI
Doug was saved at an early age and has experience serving in a wide range of church ministries, including being a Senior Pastor since 2004. He has his M.Div. from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
With the Lord clearly leading him to plant Harvest Traverse City, he has a heart to see the church make disciples and love serving Christ.
His favorite verse is Psalm 118:8: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”
Harvest Nashville Central, TN
Born in Georgia, Bryndan came to faith at the age of four. Called to ministry at eighteen, he interned as a youth pastor at two churches and served on a church-planting team in South Holland, IL for six months. God called him as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lansing IL where he served for 2 1/2 years before planting Harvest Bible Chapel Nashville Central.
Bryndan is the son of Dr. Crawford Loritts.
Harvest Vincennes, IN
Ryan came to Christ when he was 8 years old and is blessed to come from a growing family legacy of pastors. His father, older brother, and twin brother share in the calling. He has previously served as Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Adams, Wisconsin.
After earning his B. S. from Faith Baptist Bible College, he continued there and completed three years in pursuit of his M. Div. He planted Harvest Vincennes in 2013.
Harvest Kelowna, BC, Canada
Meldon grew up in a solid Christian home in Regina Saskatchewan Canada and at a very young age accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. After high school he went to Bible College and sensed the call into full-time church ministry.
After serving as a pastor in Western Canada for 20 years, Meldon joined the staff of Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville (HBCO), with a desire to plant a Harvest Bible Chapel in BC. In the fall of 2013, he began training in the HBC Training Center for Church Planting in Chicago, IL.
On October 5th, 2014 Harvest Bible Chapel officially launched in Kelowna and the reality that Jesus is building His church was once again demonstrated powerfully to the glory of God.
Harvest Busia, Kenya
Pastor Andrew is from Busia, a frontier town in Western Kenya bordering Uganda. As a young boy, he was brought up in a religious background with a hope that someday he would become a priest with the Catholic Church in answer to his mother’s steadfast prayers. By God’s grace, Andrew was saved at age 22 while bed ridden from a severe sickness. As a young Christian he was mentored by a missionary from Korea and in 1994 he planted a church in the slums of Nairobi where he met and, in 1996, married Rael Ayuma. In 1999, he moved to Limuru where he joined pastor James Omwamba of Harvest Limuru Town and in 2001 moved to Busia Town and planted a church where he is now serving as the Senior Pastor. Find out more about Harvest Busia by following them on Facebook.
Harvest Jacksonville, FL
Brett has been preaching the unsearchable riches of Christ’s Word for over 25 years and is passionate about leading God’s people into a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.
Brett was redeemed by Christ at sixteen, began preaching at eighteen, and has served as a Senior Pastor since 1994. He has been a guest speaker at camps, retreats, college chapels, and various other venues.
A native of southern Illinois, he is a graduate of Union University (B.A.), Southwestern Seminary (M. Div. BL), and Luther Rice (D. Min.). He re-planted Harvest Jacksonville in 2008.
Harvest St. Louis South, MO
Micah grew up in Missouri around the St. Louis area. He gave his life to Christ at seven, however, it was not until his sophomore year in college that he really started following Christ. Micah has a B.S. in Psychology from Missouri Baptist University, a Masters in Educational Technology from the University of Missouri, and a Masters of Divinity from Liberty University. He has been married for 10 years to Courtney. Micah was first introduced to Harvest Bible Fellowship through the Act Like Men Conference pre-event in Indianapolis and later meeting Trent Griffith at Life Action Family Camp in the summer of 2013. After graduating from the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting, Micah returned to St. Louis to build his core group. He planted Harvest Bible Chapel St. Louis South in 2017.
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Harvest Toronto West, ON, Canada
Jason grew up in a Christian home where his mother’s love for Jesus and the gospel was preached daily through words and actions. Jason committed his life to Christ when he was six years old and the Lord has blessed him with a fruitful walk from the start.
Jason began serving the church in youth group, camps, and retreats. While preparing for college, he thought about pursuing a career in teaching. He received a challenge from a Christian leader to consider ministry, specifically pastoral ministry.
After seeking the Lord’s will, Jason’s eyes were opened to the call to prepare for full-time ministry in seminary. He has a B. A. in psychology from York University and a M. A. in theological studies from Tyndale Seminary.
Jason was brought on staff by the elders of Harvest Oakville for the purpose of planting Harvest Toronto West.
High Point, NC
Matt is originally from the Boston area but has spent the last thirteen years in Winston-Salem, NC. He grew up in a Christian home and professed Christ as Savior at the age of four. He earned a M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Central Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served on the pastoral staff of Twin City Bible Church in Winston-Salem, NC for thirteen years as Youth Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Pastor of Administration & Discipleship. He is also the founder and executive director of The Focus Conference. Matt has been married for 13 years to Miriam. Matt learned of the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting and the church-planting ministry through Adam Bailie, Senior Pastor of Harvest Chandler, AZ. He now is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel High Point.
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Harvest Tampa Bay, FL
Christian was born in Atlanta, GA, but spent most of his years growing up in Indianapolis, IN. He came to faith in Christ as a boy, but was in his 20’s when he began to grasp God’s calling for believers to live completely for and in Him.
After five years as a teacher, Christian left the classroom in 2009 to join the staff at Harvest Bible Chapel North Indy. He began his seminary study at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010, and in September of 2013, Christian and his family moved to the Chicago area for four months at the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting before planting Harvest Tampa Bay.
Harvest Flagstaff, AZ
Paul was born in Hamtramck, Michigan as the fifth child in a family of ten children. He gave his life to Christ as a senior in high school, having been strongly influenced by a girlfriend, now his wife. After medically retiring from being an airline pilot, he attended Phoenix Seminary, and earned a Masters of Biblical Leadership. Paul has served the Lord and His church for many years. He was involved in planting a church in Show Low, AZ, and he has also served as Senior Pastor of North Point Fellowship (replant) in Flagstaff, AZ since September 2005. Paul has been married for nearly 40 years to Ronna. They have three married children: Jessica & Chip, Tim & Kristi, and Becky & Mike. They also have 11 grandchildren. While Paul’s son was attending Moody Bible Institute, he introduced Paul to Harvest and our ministries.
Harvest Metanoia Braila, Romania
Marius graduated from the Baptist Seminary in Bucharest and served for fourteen years as a youth pastor and worship leader. In July 2008, Marius and the young church he was serving in transitioned to a Harvest Bible Chapel, the second in Romania.
Braila is a city in eastern Romania, a port on the Danube and the 10th largest city in the country. The work at Harvest Metanoia Braila is bearing much fruit under the faithful guidance of the Spirit as they worship, walk, and work for Christ!
Harvest London, ON, Canada
Norm grew up in London, Ontario, and after spending 20 years as a computer programmer and consultant, went into pastoral ministry. He earned his M. Div. from The Master’s Seminary in California and is working on his D. Min. at Southern Seminary.
After graduation, he served as a pastor of family ministries for eight years until he and 30 others planted a church in London, Ontario in 2000. In the winter of 2006, the church sought to transition to a Harvest Bible Chapel. Under the leadership of Harvest Bible Fellowship, the church launched its first service as Harvest London in September of 2006.
Harvest Pittsburgh North, PA
Jeff Miller, originally from Chicora, PA, has been a follower of Jesus Christ since 1995, and has been in pastoral ministry since 1997.
After serving the Lord at North Street Christian Church in Butler, PA, for eleven years as Associate Pastor, Jeff was invited into the Harvest Bible Fellowship Senior Pastor Training Center in 2010. After his training, Jeff came back to the Pittsburgh area to plant Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh North.
Harvest Niagara, ON, Canada
In his final year of studies at Briercrest Bible College (Saskatchewan, Canada), God began to stir in Daryl’s heart a deep desire to invest his life in building God’s kingdom. In the years that followed, God provided ministry roles in sports and youth ministry in both the United States and Canada. Through these opportunities, God grew Daryl’s desire to make God known through the preaching of His Word.
This led to further studies at Liberty University, where Daryl completed two M. A.’s and was actively involved in a speaking ministry called Truth Matters. It was through Truth Matters that Daryl was introduced to Harvest and began to realize the call to pastor a Harvest church.
Daryl is extremely humbled and excited to be a part of God’s work at Harvest Niagara. His desire is to create a church where God’s name is exalted and lives are transformed through a community committed to biblical teaching, devoted to passionate worship, fervent prayer, and reaching out to others with the gospel.
Downtown Minneapolis, MN
Roni is the founding Pastor was born and raised in the city of Nairobi (Kenya). He got saved in April of 2004 at the age of 29, having previously lived a reckless lifestyle of heavy drinking and partying. In the Spring of 2010, God miraculously opened the door to move to the US with his family. Shortly thereafter, he was admitted to Moody Bible Institute where he graduated with a BA in Biblical Exposition as well as a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies and Preaching in May 2015. In the same year, Roni was introduced to Harvest Bible Chapel West Minneapolis who had earlier birthed a vision to plant “5 churches in 5 cities in 5 years” within the state of Minnesota, and there came the opportunity to plant another Harvest church in Downtown Minneapolis. As a city boy, Roni relishes being in a metropolitan setting and is eager to meet and minister to people from different ethnicities and backgrounds in the city. Roni has been married to his sweetheart Joyce for ten years and they have been blessed with two energetic boys, Imani and Wema. Learn more at Harvest Downtown Minneapolis.
Joe grew up in central Florida. At age twenty, Joe surrendered to Christ after hearing the gospel and soon after started preaching in his local church. Joe has over fifteen years of ministry experience including pastoring churches in Florida and Tennessee. He is currently on staff at Harvest Chattanooga as the Associate Pastor. Joe has been married for 18 years Dawn. Joe first learned of Harvest Bible Chapel by listening to Pastor James on Walk in the Word, and having now served on staff at Harvest, he understands and loves the Harvest model. He feels its now time to plant his own Harvest Bible Chapel. Visit Harvest Charleston for more information.
Harvest Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nate was born in Indiana, raised in Indonesia as a missionary kid, and graduated from high school in Wheaton, IL. Nate believed the gospel at the age of six. He attended Lancaster Bible College earning a B.S. in Bible and Missions, and Moody Theological Seminary earning a M.Div. He worked as a part-time assistant pastor at First Baptist Church of Wheaton before becoming a full-time associate pastor at Cumberland Baptist Church in Mt. Prospect, IL. In 2007 he moved back to Lancaster, PA and planted Harvest Lancaster’s (then NewSong Fellowship Church) second church-plant named Oak Hill Fellowship Church. Nate has been married for 15 years to Marie. While attending Harvest University 2013, the Spirit stirred Nate’s heart to respond to the need for a Senior Pastor at Harvest Kuala Lumpur.
Harvest Fountain Hills, AZ
John is originally from Manhattan, NY. He gave his life to the Lord at fifteen years of age while attending a youth group new year’s eve service. He was baptized a few years later. He did his undergraduate work at Taylor University and after graduating he went to work for Youth for Christ. John also attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity school for his graduate work. Over the years John has served as a youth pastor, a pastor of small groups and outreach, and elder and a lead teacher. When his church transitioned to become a Harvest Bible Chapel Fountain Hills in 2013 he was introduced to the vision and mission of Harvest and wanted to join in it. After graduation for the Harvest Training Center in 2016, John became the Senior Pastor of Harvest Fountain Hills.
Harvest Limuru Town, Kenya
James is from Limuru, Kenya just northwest of the capital city of Nairobi. By God’s grace, he was saved twenty-seven years ago from witchcraſt and a staunch religious background. He attended Zion Bible College in Rhode Island where he earned a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. Aſter finishing his studies he returned to Kenya. James is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Family Church Limuru. He has also planted four other churches across Kenya. He has had the opportunity to work as a Bible school lecturer for over 5 years and to train and work with Teen Challenge Bible and Skills Development Center Swaziland as a Dean of Students and Academics. He has been married for 27 years to Philomena Nyaboke. James got involved with Harvest while at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago pursuing a Masters. He joined the Cathedral campus, aſter which he connected with Harvest Bible Fellowship through Campus Pastor Brian Bement. He is now the Senior Pastor of Harvest Limuru Town, Kenya.
Harvest Austin, TX
Bryan Payne obtained his M. Div. from The Master’s Seminary. He served in youth ministry for six years while working as the owner/operator of multiple businesses.
Nothing excites Bryan as much as watching men and women grow in their love and understanding of Jesus Christ (Col. 1:28) while infectiously spreading the gospel to everyone around them (Matt. 5:14-16)! His desire is to see this done at home first and then with the people at Harvest.
His favorite extra-biblical quote is by John Newton: “Two things I know: I am a great sinner, and Christ is a GREAT Savior!”
Harvest Calgary North, AB, Canada
At a young age, Trevor felt called to vocational ministry. After graduating from Briercrest Bible College, Trevor pastored a small church in Saskatchewan, Canada for three years and served in a variety of functions, including youth, small group, and interim pastor.
He then served with Teen Missions International for three years, ministering in ten different countries in a variety of roles. Next, Trevor was an Associate Pastor in Airdrie, Alberta for four years and received his M. Div. from The Master’s Seminary.
His passion is to be obedient to the Great Commission. Trevor considers it a great privilege to be involved in the proclamation of His Word and the making of mature disciples in Christ at Harvest Calgary North.
Harvest Mexico City, Mexico
Luis received Christ in 1982 when he was about to lose his family. God showed Luis his mercy and rescued him and restored him to his family. After serving for several years as a volunteer, Luis felt the need to spend his whole life in serving God in full-time ministry. So, in 2001 Luis joined Harvest Bible Chapel and started serving as the Pastor for the Hispanic Ministry; he served in this position for 15 years. Last year the Lord called Luis to become the Senior Pastor of Harvest Mexico City.
Harvest Winston-Salem, NC
Johnny is originally from the Orlando Florida. He grew up in a pastor’s home and felt called of the Lord into pastoral ministry in his junior year of high school. He earned his B.A. at Pensacola Christian College and his M.Div. from Pensacola Theological Seminary. He has been involved in pastoral ministry since 1999. He has served as Associate Pastor at Covington Baptist Church in PA after graduating from seminary in 2003. Johnny has spent the last 10 years in Naples. He was a part of starting two churches in Naples Florida, and has served the last five years as a Directional Elder and the Naples Campus pastor at Summit Church.
Johnny has a passion for churches planting churches which the Lord used to lead him from Naples Florida to join the Training Center in the fall of 2016. He now serves as the Senior Pastor of Harvest Winston-Salem, NC.
Harvest Winter Garden, FL
Born and raised in Wheaton, Illinois, Scott Pierre is a graduate of Purdue University and has spent his professional life as the director of Grace Foundation, from which he oversees the distinguished VanKampen Collection, as well as the distribution of funds to a variety of Christian ministries and institutions. Scott came to salvation as a high school student and has been a volunteer, lay-leader, teacher, elder, and pastor, as he has served within the body of Christ throughout his adult life, including being the chairman of the board of Walk in the Word for ten years. A church planter, Scott has helped to start three churches from the ground level, including the church which he currently pastors, Harvest Bible Chapel Winter Garden. Scott currently lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife, Karla. They have two adult children, Robert and Jacqueline, who attend and serve at HBCWG, with their spouses.
Harvest Joliet, IL
Eric was not raised in the church, but at the age of 21 he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and God radically changed him. He quickly got involved in small groups and began to faithfully serve the Lord in a local church.
As a lay person, he has led a number of small groups, a youth prison ministry, and an evangelism ministry. He has also been involved in ministering to men in the Cook County Jail. However, in August of 2002, God made it clear to him that it was time to pursue full-time ministry. Eric enrolled in Moody Bible Institute, graduated with a B.A. in 2008, and then participated in a pastoral internship at a local church. Following this, he was asked by Harvest Bible Fellowship to plant Harvest Joliet as the Senior Pastor and joyfully accepted!
Eric has a passion to see God bring together all types of people through the gospel of Jesus Christ, regardless of ethnic or socioeconomic background.
Harvest Makwanpur District, Bharta, Nepal
Born into a large Hindu family, Prabin was always in trouble in his village and was known for fighting and drinking too much. His sister accepted Jesus as her Savior and began sharing the good news of her salvation with Prabin. After two years, Prabin gave his life to the Lord and began serving in the church. Today, his entire family has come to know Christ.
Prabin was trained at Harvest Bharta under the former pastor, Milan. He has also gone through three years of training at Harvest in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Harvest Kohalpur, Nepal
Bhim was born into a Hindu family where he used to worship many Gods. When Bhim’s family would get sick they would visit witch doctors rather than going to a hospital. One day, when the family was very sick Bhim went to the witch doctors and spent all his money so that they would perfrom their many rituals. He lost all his money and no one was healed. He fell into a deep depression as a result. One day, his uncle came to visit Bhim in his house. He shared about salvation in Christ. He took many hours to help Bhim understand the gospel. God gave Bhim clarity of mind so that he could understand the message of Jesus and at that moment he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. He was baptized in 1988 in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Praying to God began bearing fruit and the problems in Bhim’s life began to be resolved. God gave him a new vision to start a small group of fellowship. And in 2000, He was called on the ministry by our Lord. In 2016 he planted Harvest Kohalpur.
Harvest Waterloo Region, ON, Canada
Jacob has a strong sense of God’s calling to minister in the Waterloo Region. He loves the people there and longs to see God use Harvest Bible Chapel Waterloo Region as an epicenter for church-planting and church-revitalization.
Born and raised in Guelph, Jacob has served in various capacities among churches in Ontario, helped plant a church in southern Indiana, and pastored a church in central Kentucky. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Heritage College in Cambridge, Ontario, and a M. Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also a 2009 graduate of the Harvest Training Center.
Harvest Monmouth, IL
AJ grew up in Geneseo, Illinois where he graduated from J.D. Darnall High School. While his time in the classroom was beneficial, the best part of high school was meeting Rebekah, who AJ married in 2004. Even though AJ grew up in a home where Christ was proclaimed, AJ didn’t feel the weight of his sin and the death it had earned him until his sophomore year of high school. While at a camp in North Carolina, AJ understood that although his sin was great, Jesus Christ as his Savior was greater. He confessed His sin to Christ and simply said, “Jesus whatever You want, whenever You want it – it’s Yours.” From that moment on, AJ’s deepest desire was to be used by the Lord to bring Him glory however He would see fit. AJ spent his first few years out of high school working for Starbucks Coffee helping new stores throughout the Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids. In 2008, AJ began working at a church in Geneseo as the Director of Worship and Director of the Sr. High Ministry. While in these positions at the church, AJ developed a passion for the proclamation of God’s Word though preaching and a desire to pursue church planting. In the Lord’s providence, AJ joined the staff at Harvest Bible Chapel – Davenport in 2012 as a Pastoral Resident and in 2014, AJ accepted the role of Pastor of Men’s Ministries. In 2016 Pastor AJ accepted the call to become the Lead Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel Monmouth (formerly Countryside Bible Church) and continue to build the churches legacy of glorifying God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. To find out more about Harvest Monmouth follow them on Facebook.
Harvest Johnsonville, Liberia
Augustine Robinson is and has been an active, serving member of Harvest Paynesville, Liberia for over two years and God is raising him up to plant a new church in Johnsonville, Liberia. Augustine gave his life to the Lord over twenty years ago. He is married to Comfort and they together have raised four kids. After attending United Methodist University, God called Augustine to get fully involved in the ministry of Harvest Paynesville. In doing so, he has been able to participate in some of the ministry and pastoral training events. Augustine is a gifted minister and comes to us with the strong blessing of the elders of Harvest Paynesville. With Augustine as the Senior Pastor, Harvest Johnsonville, Liberia launched May 2016.
Harvest Windsor, ON Canada
Aaron was saved in 1979 after a Gospel meeting in a Brethren church. Desiring to pursue a career in the trades, the Lord called him to pastoral ministry in his grade 12 year. Since 1993, he has pastored in three churches in Ontario, planting his current church in 2001 which transitioned to Harvest Bible Chapel Windsor in 2017 due to their affinity with Harvest Bible Fellowship.
Aaron’s wife Susie serves as a biblical counsellor, speaker and women’s life director. Their five children all know the Lord and are serving him faithfully. Aaron is passionate about teaching God’s Word with clarity and leading God’s people into a greater relationship with Christ.
He was educated at Heritage-B.Th., Moody Michigan-M.Div., Laurier-Th.M. & Liberty University-D.Min, and is grateful for how these experiences have helped shape his pastoral gifts.
Adrian turned from his sin and embraced Christ as his Savior and Lord after high school. Adrian earned a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Theology from the Baptist Institute of Bucharest, and a M.A. in Theology from the Baptist Theological University in Bucharest, Romania. From 2007 to 2010 he served as a youth leader at Light Church and from 2010 to 2014. Afterwards he became the founding member and leader of the preaching and teaching department at Diakonia church in Bucharest. He is married to Eliza and they have two children: Elias and Clara. Adrian learned of the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting through Senior Pastor Marius Mezin of Harvest Braila, Romania. He graduated from the Training Center in 2015 and planted Harvest Bucharest in 2016.
Cap Rouge, Haiti
Antoine grew up in a Christian family that struggled with physical poverty. Antoine’s socio-economic status placed him as a nameless statistic in the tragic situation that Haiti has found itself in as a country. No one seemed to care and Antoine felt a great burden through this poverty and the condescending way people looked at him. He was on the lower rungs of an already depressing life situation. At the same time Antoine physically faced an illness that forced him to make constant hospital visits for 6 years in his youth keeping him from school or being able to go out and play like other kids his age. But God had plans for Antoine! God took hold of Antoine’s life through the witness, love, and compassion that his believing family showed him. What is more, God not only spiritually healed Antoine, but also physically freed him from the bondage of his illness. By God’s grace, Antoine truly was healed and restored to Him. Antoine accepted Christ as Lord of his life and was baptized when he was 18 to show the world that he was walking with the Lord. Since his conversion, God used him in the ministry at Harvest Bible Chapel Jacmel where he had been in charge of the maintenance of the church, participated as worship leader, and was in charge of the men’s ministry and the production department. Now Antione is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Cap Rouge, Haiti which launched in May 2016.
Harvest Denver, CO
As a youth pastor and traveling itinerant evangelist, Jeff has seen God’s amazing work all around the world. He is steadfast in his conviction that God loves building His church and is always at work in saving, maturing, and multiplying disciples of Jesus Christ.
Receiving his B.A. from the University of Illinois and Th. M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, Jeff is passionate to unite and build a like-minded ministry team. After multiple years of serving the Lord through an evangelizing ministry, the opportunity to plant in Denver began to take form—and the way was being prepared through his radio ministry, One Heart Beat.
Fueled by prayer, Jeff is greatly encouraged to see God at work at Harvest Denver. He believes the Lord is calling Harvest Denver to be a place where lives are changed by the person of Jesus Christ for all eternity.
Harvest Naples, FL
John came to a personal saving faith in Jesus at the University of Kansas through Campus Crusade for Christ. For the past 30 years John has served in a variety of pastoral ministries, has an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is ordained in the EFCA. After 7 years as an associate pastor at the Arlington Heights, IL EFC (now called The Orchard) John and Jessica pioneered a work of launching a church planting movement in Budapest, Hungary with Reach Global. In 2003 they returned from the mission field to Knoxville, TN where John owned and operated a real estate development company. Since 2009 John served as an associate pastor at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California. John & Jessica have been married for 27 years and they have three children, Hunter (21), Emma (17), and Sophia (14). John was inspired to join the Harvest movement after reading Vertical Church and graduated from the Harvest Training Center in December 2015. Soon after he moved to Naples, FL to plant a new church. Harvest Bible Chapel Naples, FL officially launched in the Fall of 2016. Visit Harvest Naples for more information or follow Harvest Naples on Facebook.
Harvest Woodhull, IL
Prior to knowing the Lord, Jim served as an aviator electrician in the Navy, and then as a correctional officer. Living in the darkness of worldly influences and values and grieving his mother’s death, he responded to his father’s repeated invitations to attend church and found life-changing redemption in Jesus Christ.
While serving the youth in the church where he was saved, Jim was called to vocational ministry. He then graduated from Lincoln Christian College and Seminary.
As the teaching pastor at Faith Christian Church, he led its transition to become Harvest Bible Chapel Woodhull. He could not be more excited about seeing the life transformation that he has personally experienced in Christ replicated in the lives of others.
Harvest Union County, PA
Steve gave his life to the Lord at a very young age; however, he drifted away after he got married. At the age of thirty God, through some personal difficulties, caused Steve to renew his commitment.
In 2004, Steve planted Freedom Fellowship and was the Senior Pastor for ten years. In 2013 Steve was introduced to Harvest through Harvest Lancaster, PA, and he decided to become an affiliate church.
Within the year, he and his church leaders decided to transition Freedom Fellowship into Harvest Bible Chapel Union County, and they launched March 22, 2015.
Harvest St. Louis West, MO
Michael is a native of the Czech Republic. He came to the United States in 1986, leaving his career as an opera singer and music teacher in 1991 to embrace vocational ministry.
In 1995, Michael started the Czech Symphony Project ministry (still active today), facilitating international worship evangelism as well as student and musicians exchange. For sixteen years he served as a music director, evangelist, and worship pastor in various Christian churches in Massachusetts, Texas, and Missouri. In September 2006, Michael met Pastor James MacDonald and responded to the call to plant Harvest St. Louis in partnership with Harvest Bible Fellowship.
Harvest Oakville, ON, Canada
Robbie Symons is the founding Pastor of Harvest Oakville. His greatest passion is to see Jesus Christ glorified as people realize their potential only through His amazing power.
With a Spirit-led resolve to proclaim the Word of God without apology, to passionately worship His only Son, and to believe firmly in the power of prayer, Jesus is building His Church. Harvest Oakville has experienced the power and grace of the Lord in its growth from a Bible study of 18 people in 2003 to over 3000 worshipers today.
God burdened Robbie and the church elders early on with the conviction to plant churches. Through much prayer they have seen the birth of vibrant churches across Canada in Brampton (2009), Niagara (2011), Toronto West (2013), Brantford (2014) and Kelowna (2014).
In 2014 Live in the Light, a radio ministry of Harvest Oakville, began airing Pastor Robbie’s messages in a 30 minute weekday program that plays in the greater Toronto and greater Buffalo areas on 99.5 WDCX at 11:30 a.m. Live in the Light exists to see radical transformation in God’s people through the revelation of God’s truth. Robbie and his wife Gillian live in Burlington, Ontario with their four children.
Jet Bahadur Tamang
Harvest Chitwan-Dumrekhadi, Nepal
Jet was born into a Hindu family in the Dhading district of Nepal. Before he accepted the Lord, Jet was a heavy drinker and would often argue with people in his community; he had no interest in hearing the gospel.
One day, Jet came down with a high fever and went to a witchdoctor for relief, but he continued to grow weaker. A Christian in his neighborhood shared the Word of God with him, and Jet vowed that if his neighbor’s God could heal his sickness, then he would believe in Him. Jet began to attend the church regularly and began to feel as good as he used to before he was sick. He continued to learn about the God who could heal his sickness and forgive his sins, and decided to follow Christ.
Jet continued to walk three hours to worship God and attend church, and wanted to start a core group in his area. Through the guidance and training of Pastor Timothy from Harvest Kathmandu and his team, many people in Jet’s village were able to come together and start a core group. This core group has become a vibrant church that is continuing to grow under Pastor Jet today.
Harvest Kavre District, Panauti, Nepal
Born into a Buddhist family, Padam devoted himself to Hindu gods. While at his school library, he came across The Human Heart, a Christian tract describing the universal longing for God all humans are given. Padam became restless after reading the truths the tract contained and searched for a Christian church and a “holy man” who could explain more.
He traveled 3.5 hours by foot to the nearest town (Panauti) to meet an old friend who was a Christian. His friend took him to his church where Padam was riveted and gripped by the gospel. On February 26, 2001 he gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized.
Padam took the good news of Jesus back to his village, but was rejected there. He returned to Panauti where he was free to worship and grow in Christ. He enrolled in and completed two years of study at a Bible Training Center. He came to the Fellowship Training Center through Pastor Timothy of Harvest Bible Chapel Kathmandu.
Harvest Dhading District, Lave Village, Nepal
Pastor Phushra Tamang was born into a Buddhist family and grew up around witch doctors, pagan rituals, traditions, and sacrifices. One day a man shared the gospel with him and three days later he accepted Christ as his Savior.
Persecution soon came into his life and his daughter became sick. The hospital was too far away and he didn’t want to take her to the witch doctor. The church prayed for her and after 11 days of not eating, she was healed!
A year and a half later, Phushra entered the ministry and courageously shared the gospel. Many came to Christ, but then war broke out in the country and it was difficult to continue the ministry. Buddhists came and beat them for their faith, but this only caused Phushra to pray for those who were persecuting him. Peace later came to the village and the gospel ministry continued to advance as Christians multiplied and grew in their faith.
Harvest Clear Lake, IA
Prior to moving to Clear Lake in February of 2012 in order to plant Harvest Clear Lake, John was on staff at Grace West Church in West Des Moines, IA as the Associate Pastor. He began his ministry in the Youth Department at Thomas Road Church, in Phoenix, AZ. He has also interned at Graceway Church in Springfield MO, where he was also ordained as a Pastor.
John holds a B. A. from Baptist Bible College in Intercultural Studies, as well as being a certified Licensed Practical Nurse. John has also served with the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
John is most passionate about Jesus Christ and the radical change He has made in his life. He knows that God’s Word is alive and active and is capable of changing others as well. He loves being part of the Harvest Bible Chapel movement because of its commitment to deep teaching and dynamic worship.
Harvest Gainesville, FL
Russell grew up in central Florida, attending Central Florida Community College (now College of Central Florida) before entering the United States Air Force and being stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida where he met his wife Christina. Shortly after entering the Air Force he surrendered his life to Christ and subsequently to pastoral ministry. Since leaving the Air Force in 1995, Russell has served in ministry as a youth pastor, associate pastor, church planter, and senior pastor. His experience in multiple contexts of ministry has uniquely prepared him to serve Harvest Gainesville. Find our more about Harvest Gainesville by following them on Facebook.
Harvest Kansas City, KS
After graduating from the University of Missouri, Jeff played minor league baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies and served as a baseball chapel player representative. Post-baseball, he pursued business interests for several years. All the while, the Lord fanned the flame of his desire to study and teach the Word.
As opportunities to teach and preach increased, Jeff realized the need for training to better understand and more effectively communicate God’s Word. Having been greatly influenced by the preaching and writing ministry of John MacArthur, he enrolled in The Master’s Seminary and earned a M. Div. As a student, he served on the staff of Grace Community Church.
Upon seminary graduation, Jeff was accepted into the Harvest Training Center’s program to prepare him to plant a Harvest Bible Chapel Kansas.
Harvest Philadelphia, PA
Matt grew up in Iowa and was saved at the age 14, after which he quickly sensed the desire to be involved in full-time ministry. Matt found himself continuously witnessing to people and desiring to share God’s Word. Mentors, friends, and his parents affirmed his aspirations for ministry.
Matt attended Faith Baptist Bible College, where the Lord honed and developed his spiritual gifts, and exposed him to the concept of church planting. His desire was sparked to learn more and to plant a church himself.
Through various roles as a counselor, program director, worship leader, youth pastor, and interim pastor, Matt was given many fruitful opportunities to minister the Word and see lives transformed. He is excited to be pastoring Harvest Philadelphia and hopes to raise up more Harvest churches in the greater Philadelphia area that will reach the city with the gospel and transform lives for the glory of God.
Harvest Brantford, ON, Canada
Kevin graduated from Heritage College in 1999 with a B.A. in Theology and Briercrest Seminary with a M. Div. in 2007. He has served as an admissions advisor, Senior Pastor, teaching Elder, and a Pastor of Family Ministry since 1998 and planted Harvest Bible Chapel Brantford May 4, 2014.
He grew up in a wonderful Christian home and the Lord gripped his heart with a desire to preach God’s Word and lead His people during his first year in Bible college. After 15 years in ministry, God moved him “way beyond his comfort zone” and into the adventure of church planting.
SOGOM Harvest Paynesville, Liberia
Called to bring the gospel to the people of Liberia, Moses received his diploma of theology at the Salvation Army College in Tema, Ghana and completed his B.A. in theology from the Wesleyan Seminary in Monrovia, Liberia. Pastoring the Servants of God Outreach Ministries church since 1996, Moses led this local body to transition into the first Harvest Bible Chapel on the African continent in 2008. Citing the Fellowship’s strong biblically-based framework and focus on global evangelization through church planting, Moses and SOGOM share the same desires.
“My people are loving and caring, willing to work for Christ despite their conditions. I feel the location of our church is where He wants us to plant His church because the harvest is ready in this community.”
Moses’ love for Christ and his passion for people have focused his determination to minister to their needs through God’s Word. His trust is implicitly in the Lord.
Harvest North Indianapolis, IN
Brian has served as the Senior Pastor of Harvest North Indy since its launch in 2007. He has a passion for proclaiming the authority of God’s Word and seeing people discipled into Christ-like followers of God.
Brian is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a M. Div. and holds his undergraduate degree in communications and education from Cedarville University. He has also completed a pastoral residency at Harvest Bible Chapel (Rolling Meadows) as part of the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting, graduating in the inaugural class in the spring of 2007.
Before becoming the Senior Pastor at Harvest, Brian served as an Associate Pastor for two years and spent seven years ministering as a teacher, coach, campus pastor, and assistant principal in Christian schools.
Harvest Cleveland Northeast, OH
Randy is originally from Northeast Ohio. In 1983 God gave Randy an opportunity to take college courses in England, and it was during this trip that Randy gave his life to the Lord.
After college he attended Liberty University and received a M.A. Randy has had the opportunity to teach in various schools, and has pastored in Hawaii, Michigan, Massachusetts, and now Ohio since 2006. Randy has been married for 22 years to Wendy. Randy’s church became a Harvest affiliate church in 2013.
During the following year the leadership of the church made the decision to become a Harvest Bible Chapel. They launched March 22, 2015 as Harvest Bible Chapel, Cleveland Northeast.
Harvest York Region, ON, Canada
Paul began his ministry as the pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel York Region on January 1, 2008 after serving for 15 years as the director of Muskoka Bible Centre. He also spent five years of ministry as a denominational youth director, served in two prior churches, and directed a camp in British Columbia.
Paul’s life verse is Psalm 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Harvest Davenport, IA
Rob graduated from Wheaton College and then worked for eleven years trading commodities at the Chicago Board of Trade. He enjoyed his work but had a growing desire to directly influence others for Christ. After leaving the corporate world, he began full-time work in a post-prison ministry in January of 2000. Rob conducted seminars and worked with Christian ex-cons to help them make the transition from prison back to society through the local church.
During this time, Rob felt God’s leading to join Harvest Bible Chapel Glen Ellyn (now Naperville), the first church plant of Harvest Bible Fellowship. Shortly thereafter, Rob began his Masters in Biblical Studies at Wheaton College and joined the staff of Harvest as Pastor of Adult Ministries in June of 2001.
In May of 2004, Rob responded to God’s leading to plant a church and began the work of establishing Harvest Bible Chapel Davenport, IA. God blessed these efforts quickly and abundantly. Just 18 months after launch, the church purchased a building and moved in a year later.
Rob continues to serve the church to see more impact in more lives.
Harvest North Raleigh, NC
Mike earned a Th.M. in Pastoral Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. While there, he served as college pastor at Scofield Memorial Church.
Saved at a young age after hearing a devotional about the details and purpose of the crucifixion, Mike knew he desperately needed to trust Christ as payment for His sin. Since then, Mike has lived for Him alone and God has been gracious to both call him and equip him for ministering to others.
Mike is passionate about serving the Lord and leading Harvest Raleigh to be a church committed to God and to representing Christ to others.
Harvest Spring Lake, MI
Calvin had the blessing of growing up in a household that loved Jesus and was very involved in the local church. He gave his life to Christ at a young age but it wasn’t until his early 20’s that the gospel actually took root in his heart. He felt called into ministry and attended Moody Bible Institute where he graduated with a Bachelors in Biblical Studies. He also holds a Masters in Missional Leadership from the Resurgence Training Center.
By God’s providence, one of his roommates at Moody Bible Institute was Luke Macdonald. It was through that relationship that he got plugged into Harvest and fell in love with the ministry model and what Harvest stands for as a church. After graduation, from 2008-2010 he was a Youth Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel Orlando. In 2010 Cal answered God’s call to be a part of the planting/core team of Harvest Bible Chapel Spring Lake. When the church was planted he was the Youth & Associate Pastor. In January of 2016 he transitioned to Lead Pastor of HBCSL.
There is nothing in the world that is more important, fresh, and relevant than God’s Word and the good news of Jesus Christ and he has a burning passion to see lives transformed by the power of the gospel. Follow HBCSL on Facebook to find out more about their ministry.
Harvest Cincinnati, OH
Michael first heard the gospel at 16 while he was attending a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp in 1981. During that same camp he repented of his sins and received Christ as his personal Savior. He earned a B.S. in Religion and a M.A. in Religion, with a concentration in evangelism and church planting from Liberty University. Along with various ministry roles, Michael served as the Senior Pastor of Norwood Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2001 to 2009, and as the Senior Pastor of Community Baptist Church in Montoursville, Pennsylvania from 2010 to 2014. He has been married to Christine for 27 years and they have three children: Steven, Jessica, and Amber. Michael was introduced to Harvest through Walk in the Word and the Elephant Room. He was invited to the Spring 2015 Harvest Training Center and graduated in May. Michael will be planting the first Harvest Bible Chapel in Cincinnati.
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Harvest Chennai, India
Paul grew up in Chennai, India, a city that is predominately Hindu. His parents were Christians, but Paul wanted nothing to do with Christ, becoming angry when others tried to share the gospel. While in his late teen years, Paul suffered typhoid fever and malaria at the same time. It was during his time in the hospital that he finally repented and surrendered his life to the Lord.
After his hospitalization, he continued to struggle with the commitment he made. Through the challenge and encouragement of his parents and the power of the Holy Spirit, he was able to completely surrender.
He immediately went to New India Bible Seminary where he received academic education and much practical experience. He also holds a diploma in theology from Zion Bethel Bible School.
Paul has ministry experience in various areas, including serving as a pastor in a church that his father began several years ago.
Harvest Naperville, IL
Before entering vocational ministry, Ron received his undergraduate degree in accounting and finance from Bowling Green State University and worked in the corporate world for seven years. He served on the pastoral staff at Harvest Rolling Meadows and completed his M.A.at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
In 2000, God called Ron and many faithful Harvest Bible Chapel families, to become the first Harvest church plant. Sent out as the first church-planting pastor of the Harvest Bible Fellowship, Pastor Ron has become a pastor of pastors, sending out and supporting multiple church plants around the country.
Ron proclaims God’s Word each week at Harvest Naperville with a passion and boldness, desiring to inspire others to embrace its life-changing truth.
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