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.