I came to Christ between my seventh and eight grade years in school. I was playing guitar with a friend and he said I should come this camp where this great band would be playing. He told me how much it was and I knew there was no way I could get there. Well, his parents paid for me to go and it was a Christian camp and the band was a Christian band. The Lord got a hold of me during one of the songs. Since then, the Lord has used me to lead others in worship and lead students to know Him … and have a really good time in the process.
I graduated from Georgia State College with a degree in rhetoric. I grew a lot in my relationship with the Lord during college, but also really backslid. Toward the end of college and the beginning of seminary at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, I really began to mature as a believer in Jesus Christ.
I met my wife Aimee in college. She has a knack for speaking truth to me and others in the kindest most insightful manner. We have a daughter, Cambria.
We love Harvest and all that God is doing. It’s a joy planting and building a church here in Raleigh. Come join us.
There was a day etched in my mind I’ll never forget. It was a typical Sunday in a small southern church in Greensboro, NC. I was in a hot basement at a Sunday school class and the teacher clearly presented the message of the Father’s (God) love for his sheep. It was that simple day with that simple message, God brought me to himself. Walking with the Lord has been difficult at times (mainly from self inflicted trials) and it has also been very sweet. Two things have been consistent through it all – God’s love and His Church. It is because of His love often shown through the church I am passionate about a unified body of believers who love the Lord and love each other. It is with great joy I get to be a part of the small group ministry at Harvest. We have small group leaders who are passionate about the same things and it is my prayer we continue to grow as a church of small groups loving the Lord and loving each other.
There are six other particular days I’ll never forget as well. First is the day I married my beautiful bride, Rebecca, who clearly exemplifies the grace of God. The other five days are the births of my five children: Lilly Jo, Jack Lewis, Amelia Katelyn, Ezra Jude and Eliza Jane.
Four fun facts about me: I absolutely love sports and competition: I’ll watch just about any type of sport. I love taking baths (not at hotels or places where I am unsure of the cleanliness). I’m not afraid to sit and watch a chick flick or a Disney original movie, just saying – I like light-hearted sometimes.
I grew up in a Christian family and church has always been a big part of my life. By God’s grace, I came to Christ at a young age. Yet as I began to grow older, I went through a period where I became very distracted by the world and practically indifferent to walking with the Lord. In my senior year of High School the Lord used godly men, my youth group and life circumstances to remind me that He is the only one worthy of the honor and esteem that I had been placing on other things. Since that time God has consistently grown me in my faith and developed my understanding of the great Gospel of Christ, and on the implications of the Gospel to the world.
I have been married to my lovely wife, Kourtney, since 2010, and we are expecting our first child in December! Kourtney and I are originally from southeastern Virginia, and we have made Harvest our home since moving to North Carolina in 2011. We love our church and enjoy seeing God change lives and impact our world through the people of Harvest!
I was 16 when I first heard of God’s love for me. It was overwhelming to think that God could love me so unconditionally and had a plan for me. This was a love and relationship I desired; I asked Jesus to be Lord over my life. After high school I attended Meredith College where God put amazing people in my life who discipled me and helped me grow in my relationship with the Lord. It was there that I learned the importance of being a part of a community of believers that would stir me up and point me toward the Lord.
After college I stayed in Raleigh and met my wonderful husband, Erik, who encourages and supports me on a daily basis. We have three beautiful girls, Anna, Madelyn and Ava, and a handsome young boy, Elijah.
I am excited to be a part of all that God is doing at Harvest and I would love to help you get connected.
I grew up in a Christian home with my parents who have been involved in full time ministry since their college days. I was only 4 years old when I came to know the Lord, but I remember it very vividly. I was sitting in the playroom one morning with my mom and I started asking her questions about heaven and how to get there to meet Jesus. She lovingly explained the gospel to me and that is when I decided I wanted to have Jesus be the Lord of my life. I slowly grew in my faith through childhood, but it wasn’t until attending a private Christian high school here in Raleigh that my faith really started to grow.
After high school, I wanted to go away to college but God had other plans for me. Instead, I stayed local and attended Meredith College. I’m thankful now that I followed God’s guidance because I gained two great things out of my time there: 1) I got connected with a great campus ministry that deepened my faith and discipled me to the point of becoming a small group leader and 2) I met my husband, Daniel, at work and we were amazed to discover we had already been attending the same large church for the last decade!
God has blessed Daniel and I with two very energetic boys, Ethan and Caleb. I enjoy getting to stay home and homeschool them. In my free time, I enjoy reading, working on puzzles and playing board games as a family. I’m thankful that God led our family to Harvest and look forward to serving you and your children!
I was saved at the age of 12, however, I made some bad choices in my college years and found myself in a dark place. I remember the moment when I knelt down in my apartment and completely submitted my life to Christ. As it says in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease”. Shortly after my husband, Lance, and I we were married, my older sister was killed in a tragic accident. He used this moment to show me just how big and capable He is. He is my comforter and my sustainer even all these years later.
Harvest Bible Chapel is home for my family. God’s Name is praised, His truth is spoken, His heart is felt and I am pushed to live more boldly for Christ. Through Harvest Kids, I have watched my own children memorize scripture, sing songs to praise God’s name and grow in Christ. It’s a joy to work with Harvest Kids watch them grow!
Douglas is a Detroit native who lives in Raleigh, NC. with the love of his life Sheila; together they have two children Aaron and Abigail. For kicks, Douglas enjoys chilling with his family, road cycling, smoking ribs, and loving on people. During a Bible study class in 2002 Douglas surrender his life to Christ and has been pursuing Christ ever since.
He has a passion for helping people to discover their gifts and putting them to Godly use. Sheila also has a drive for development, especially women, identifying the areas with opportunity for improvement and equipping them to execute.
Douglas is a servant leader, who truly desires to help people reach their full potential in God. He is a graduate from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI.
In late 2015 Douglas entered into discussions with the elders at Harvest Davenport regarding the possibility of planting an inner city church. In August 2017 Douglas embarked on a four month intensive training regimen to plant Bridge Fellowship Church Raleigh.
In December 2017, Douglas and his family partnered with Harvest Raleigh and moved to Raleigh to build a core group to plant Bridge Fellowship Church in the Fall of 2018.
Bridge Fellowship Church is a part of the Great Commission Collective a church planting network of 80 plus churches. If you are interested in this new reach, reach out to Douglas.