Pastor Gary was raised on his family’s dairy farm near West Liberty, Ohio, learning from an early age the value of hard work. As a young man, he was in charge of the family fertilizer business. He figured he would continue on in the family business, but as it turned out, God had some very different plans for him, which were revealed to Gary after he was injured in a farm accident. With the support of his wife and three children, he began attending Cedarville University for seminary at age 28 and graduated four years later.
In 1991, Gary began Harvest Baptist Church in the basement of the Home Savings and Loan building in Wapakoneta, and it continued to grow and move to larger venues, including Wapakoneta Middle School, until the church building was constructed in 2001.
As senior pastor, Gary regularly delivers Sunday messages, goes on visitations and conducts marriages and funerals, among several other duties.
Gary has been married to his wife Joy for 41 years and together they have three children, Shannon, Nicole and Abby, and seven grandchildren.
Gary has a passion for children’s and teen’s ministries, and it’s his hope that Harvest reaches as many as possible by touching families in the local and surrounding communities.
Pastor Tony grew up in Hamler, Ohio, and graduated from Patrick Henry High School before earning a Bachelor’s in business administration at Cedarville University. He then worked in the nursing home industry for several years, serving as the administrator to Auglaize Acres and then executive director of Otterbein Cridersville.
While working at Auglaize Acres, Tony was introduced to Harvest when he met Pastor Gary, who invited him to attend. After regularly attending Harvest for about nine months, Tony was asked to lead the youth ministry. He then pursued some advanced career opportunities in the nursing home industry, but later came to find that this was not God’s plan for him. In 2000, Tony came on staff at Harvest as a full-time pastor.
Tony’s list of responsibilities at Harvest includes leading the M.A.D. youth ministry and taking care of Harvest’s business affairs, and the Technology needs.
Tony and his wife Kim have been married for 24 years and have two daughters, Morgan and Alisha, who are both in college.
Tony has a real heart for ministering to teens since he was saved at the age of 16, and it’s his hope to lead teens and their families to Christ and guide them in their walk with Him.
Pastor of Education
Pastor Scott was born and raised in the Wapakoneta area and graduated from Wapakoneta High School. His roots with Harvest run deep, as he started attending in 1991 after asking Jesus into his heart.
After being away several years pursuing his career in the construction industry, he returned to his hometown and came on to Harvest’s staff as a full-time pastor. He was asked to oversee Harvest’s small groups and Children’s programs.
Currently, Scott’s responsibilities at Harvest include running the children’s programs, including AWANA and children’s services on Sundays, and he is in charge of the church’s sports ministry. He also oversees any construction projects or additions to the church’s campus.
Scott and his wife Kelly have a daughter Sydney, who is expecting a child with her husband Dustin, and a son Cal, who is a senior at Wapakoneta High School.
Scott has a passion for sports ministry, and he hopes to see Harvest continue to tell children and their families about Jesus in a competitive but fun way.
Pastor of Adult Ministries
Pastor Jon grew up on Long Island, N.Y. and is Jewish by birth. In 1991, at age 17, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He graduated with a B.S. in Bible/Christian Education from Lancaster Bible college in 1997.
Before coming to Harvest, Jon has served in churches on the east coast and midwest in various ministry positions including: Bible Teacher at a christian school, being a Pastor of Worship, and Youth Pastor.
He began attending Harvest in 2010 and became an intern here after several months. He was asked to join the staff as a full-time pastor after 4 months. As Pastor of Adult Ministries, Jon oversees the kinetic young adult ministry, small groups, and the Prime Time (for those over 50) ministry, among other tasks.
Jon and his wife Brandi have been married almost 15 years, and they have two Border Collie Mix breed dogs named Molly and Biscuit.
Jon’s passion is for discipling and seeing people grow in the Lord, regardless of what age, and it is his desire to see disciples making disciples within the local and surrounding communities.
Director of Worship Arts
Joel was born and raised in Katy, Texas, and received his education at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he found his calling as a worship leader.
After working as a contemporary worship leader for awhile, Joel and his wife Lyndsie felt called to minister away from their home state of Texas. After around a year of searching, Joel was officially hired as Harvest’s full-time Director of Worship Arts in April 2017.
Joel’s responsibilities at Harvest include leading the worship team, the drama ministry, and other worship arts. Given his love for hunting and fishing, he also helps with the sportsmen’s ministry.
In March 2017, Joel and Lyndsie were blessed with a beautiful baby girl they named Ayda.
Joel has a passion for sharing and experiencing the Word as God’s voice speaking to us. It’s his hope to help others experience the Lord on a daily basis and know that God loves them always.
Bestie has been serving at Harvest since 2010. She job shares this position and is always here to help.
Betsie is married to Jason and they have two sons. Myles who is 5 and Adrien (20) who is currently serving in the Armed Forces.
Amanda has been serving at Harvest since 2013. She job shares this position and enjoys serving the congregation.
Amanda is married to Brandon and they have one son, Dean who is 5.