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Jason Powell

You have heard it said that “God doesn’t have grandchildren.” I know this firsthand as, even though I was raised in a Christian family, I did not surrender my life to Jesus Christ until I was 19 years old.

I was invited to come to Harvest Christian Fellowship by a friend of mine who saw me working out in the gym. It was a Wednesday night when I first attended and Pastor Steve Wilburn was teaching. That night, he gave a message on Jesus being the fountain of living water, the only One who could satisfy my thirst. That night I gave my life 100% over to the Lord and I have never regretted that decision.

Immediately following my conversion, I had an instant attraction for studying apologetics and for street witnessing. I wanted everyone to know and understand just what Jesus had done for us on the cross. I started attending our weekly street witnessing ministry called SWAT (Students with a Testimony) and before I knew it, a few years later I was leading the ministry. Looking back on that initial hunger in wanting to communicate the gospel to the lost, I now realize that my life has been consumed with it ever since.

Who would have ever imagined what God was going to do next? A couple years after my conversion, the Lord opened the door for me to serve at Harvest full-time as an assistant to Pastor Steve Wilburn. It wasn’t much longer before I was wed to Mary, who just happens to be Pastor Steve’s daughter.

I have been happily married to my wonderful wife for many years now and God has blessed us.

After serving as an assistant at the church for almost six years, God opened a door for me to join the pastoral staff. It is my joy to serve here at Harvest as a pastor and to lead and train our church body in how to effectively communicate the gospel to those around us.

Ever since I was young, I had always dreamed of working in the medical field as a cardiologist. Now, in becoming a pastor, I recognize that the Lord still has me working on people’s hearts—just in a different way.

Birthplace: Redlands, CA
Pastor since: 2011
Previous work: Heavy Equipment Rental Yard
Favorite Verse: Mark 7:37
Favorite Author: F.W. Boreham
Married to: Mary
Married since: 2006
Children: Zechariah and Zephaniah

Role: Associate Pastor

Locations: Riverside

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