HS Ministry STAFF
Pastor 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 over four years now and God has blessed us with a son named Zechariah.
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, Zephaniah
Just like some here, in high school I was literally at a crossroad in life. I was living life completely contrary to God’s Word. I remember ditching school to the point where I had 50 absences in my math class. Little did I know it would be showing up to that math class that would soon change my life.
I was a troubled 15-year-old-sophomore—the class clown who showed up occasionally to put on a show for my classmates that often got me thrown out of class. This particular day I remember a kid named James, who never said anything, open his mouth for the first time since I’d been there. He preached a clear gospel message which caused me to drop everything I was doing and put my trust in Jesus.
I struggled as a young Christian who couldn’t quite find a good church home. At 19, I remembered my parents taking me to a church when I was a kid. It was called Harvest, but it seemed so far away from San Bernardino where I was living. I remember finding the number, getting the address, and taking a 30-minute trip to Riverside, which would ultimately change my life forever.
Soon I met a girl named Sarah who became my wife. We have served here for many years together and are still currently serving. We’ve been married for 14 years and have three children Shadae, Elisha, and one on the way, due this September 2018.
Now, I am on staff at Harvest as a pastoral assistant in our Harvest High School Ministry. Sarah and I are blessed to serve in this ministry, and look forward to all that God is doing and will do. My goal is to help our high school students grow in their relationship with Christ and to achieve all that God has for them.
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Previous work: Construction
Favorite Verse: Ephesians 5:15-16
Married to: Sarah
Married since: 2003
Children: Shadae. Elisha