WE ARE HARVEST
Our mission is to glorify God by loving Christ and those whom Christ loves.
Harvest was founded in 1993 by a small group of families who had a vision for a new church in the central Orange County area.
Many of these families were meeting as a weekly Bible study and commuting to church in Huntington Beach. As their Bible study grew, they began to sense God's prompting to begin a new church closer to their homes where they could minister to their friends and neighbors. With the ever growing population of Orange County before their eyes, these core families saw that the potential 'harvest' from sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ was indeed abundant.
As the orange groves around us have rapidly made way for thousands of people, Harvest is poised to spread and plant the seeds of the Good News of Jesus Christ in this area. We are eager to let our neighbors know of God's grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. We hope you will be a part of our Harvest family, working with us to spread God's love.
The Bible: We believe the Bible to be the unique, inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God for all matters of Christian faith and practice.
God: We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Lord of the universe and continues to fulfill His redemptive purposes throughout history.
Jesus Christ: We believe in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. In accordance with the Scriptures, He died as an atoning sacrifice for our sins, rose bodily from the grave, ascended to heaven, and is now with the Father interceding for us.
The Holy Spirit: We believe that the present ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict unbelievers, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct, encourage, correct, and empower the believer for Godly living and service evidenced by the development of the fruit and gifts of the Spirit.
Salvation: We believe that humans were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but they sinned through disobedience and are lost and alienated from God. The vicarious death and supernatural resurrection of Christ provide the only ground for the reconciliation and salvation of all who believe, and commit themselves to following the Lord in a life of obedience.
The Church: We believe that the universal church is composed of all people who through faith have personally accepted God’s saving grace, and thus are united together in the body of Christ. All believers should be identified with a local church where the sacraments of water baptism and the Lords Supper are observed, and the elements of worship, evangelism, discipleship, community, equipping, and service are practiced.
The Last Day: We believe in the personal, future return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this hope has a vital bearing on the present life of the believer. On the last day there will be the resurrection of the dead, and the final judgment of the living and the dead. The unbeliever will receive eternal condemnation and separation from the Lord, and the believer will receive eternal rewards and communion with the Lord.
Pastor Jerry is one of the founding members of Harvest. He holds a Master of Theology degree from Talbot Theological Seminary. In addition to loving Jesus, he is passionate about his family and guitar.
Kevin McGill is the senior pastor of Harvest Community Church of Irvine. Kevin has had the privilege of serving in pastoral ministry for nearly twenty years throughout Texas and Indiana. Kevin received his Masters of Theology in Pastoral Ministries and Biblical studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a California native, having grown up around the Central California foothills and in a family passionate about creativity and the church. Kevin flexes his creative muscles in his children’s books and is passionate about the power of story through God’s Word. Kevin is happily married to Jenny, and both are proud parents of Malachi. In his free time, Kevin enjoys writing, traveling internationally with his wife and son, running, and, most recently, 3D printing.
Pastor Joe holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from LIFE Pacific College and a Master of Divinity degree in Christian Education from Talbot Seminary. His wife, Jin, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. They have an active and happy toddler named Bennett. Pastor Joe enjoys watching movies and sports. (Go Lakers! Go Dodgers!) He is passionate about raising the next generation to become genuine followers of Jesus Christ.
Trey and Tania are on full-time staff with Cru, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ. They have been working with college students in Asia and the U.S. since 1992 and now work with international students at UCI and colleges around Orange County. Their greatest joy in leading the college group at Harvest is witnessing God work in the lives of students they've seen grow up at church. They are grateful for the opportunity to help influence future Church leaders and world-changers!