Harvest Christian Center lives to love people, grow Christians, and multiply leaders.
We are a Bible-based, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered Church of Jesus followers.
We love our ministry leaders and we're sure you will too. This group is extremely grateful for the many gifted volunteers that make their ministry efforts more effective.
Lead Pastors, William and Lisa Strickland
Pastor William and Lisa have been happily married since 1991. They have three children; two are happily married, and one is still at home. They provide leadership for our staff and leadership groups. Pastor William has a passion for communicating and has been active in spoken ministry since 1994. He also brings a vast array of administrative and executive leadership experience to our church. Lisa’s responsibilities include office support for our Resource Center and pastoral care support. She provides a prayer covering and a confidential ear for our women and children through her amiable spirit. However, her biggest task just might be keeping William straight. They both maintain an active social media presence.
Care Pastor, Pastor John Whitaker
Pastor John is married to Beatrice (Bea) Whitaker, and they have seven daughters. He is a team member whose worth far exceeds our ability to appreciate. As a retired member of the U.S. Navy, John is always ready to report for duty. Pastor John serves as one of our guiding elders, gives oversight to our pastoral care process, and provides guest follow-up. As a grace-filled servant, he actively demonstrates 2 Timothy 2:24-26. He is fond of jalapeno peppers and peanut brittle.
Worship and Youth Pastors, Pastor Derek and Morgan Lewis
Pastor Derek and his wife, Morgan, are committed members of our ministry team. Their uniqueness places them in the dual roles of Worship Pastor and Youth Pastor. Pastor Derek leads our Sunday morning worship band and the midweek youth group as a gifted musician. With great hearts for youth, they oversee our Fortress Youth ministry. If it’s related to worship music or youth ministry, these two will be involved. Derek drives a big truck and loves to hang out. Morgan loves kids and is an elementary school teacher.
Children’s Pastor, Pastor Brittany Monteleone
Pastor Brittany is one of the most caring people you will ever meet. Brittany has thousands of hours of exposure to ministry as she was reared in the pastorate. Immediately following high school, she attended Heritage Bible College from 2012 – 2014. From 2014 – 2015, she attended Southern Crescent Technical College with an emphasis on child development. As she leads our kids' ministry with a sense of humor, she encourages children and their parents to follow Jesus. She loves and cares for each child as though they were her own. Brittany has been married to Jeremy Monteleone since November 2015. Jeremy is a gifted member of our Sunday morning worship band. The Monteleone's are state-certified provide therapeutic foster care.
Associate Pastors Fred and Carolyn Stallworth
Pastor Fred and Carolyn Stallworth have been married since January 1972. They have two adult children and three grandchildren. As stalwarts in the Christian community, it seems as though they know everybody. Pastor Fred provides pastoral support to our congregation and community at large. Anytime he is needed, he can be counted on to make a hospital visit. On Sundays, his kind demeanor makes him sought out during prayer time. And on Wednesdays, Fred adds his voice to our worship team. As a gifted florist, Carolyn is an owner-operator of a local floral shop. And Fred can play the guitar and the accordion surprisingly well.
Worship Leader, Associate Pastors Jerry and Debbie Fleming
Pastors Jerry and Debbie Fleming absolutely love being involved in Spirit-filled ministry together. Pastor Debbie leads our Wednesday worship team with positive energy. She’s happiest when she operates in her calling with a microphone in her hand and a song coming out of her heart. Pastor Jerry always supports Debbie to be her best for Jesus. He is a powerful part of our prayer team on Sundays and Wednesdays. Jerry has a flair for the dramatic when it comes to needed support for skits or sermon illustration. They're both apt to provide spoken ministry when called on. They’re lifelong residents of Pensacola and love traveling to the mountains.
Connections Director, Robbie Hodge
Robbie is married to Wayne Hodge, and they have two adult children. She is an endearing soul with proficiency in administrative details. Her daily responsibilities include the handling of communications and finances. With a great love for people, she helps oversee our volunteer teams. With a skill for juggling, she never runs out of tasks to accomplish. Most of the time, hers is the voice you’ll hear when you phone our Resource Center. She is the youngest of five daughters, and she thinks she is Elaine’s favorite child.