Ministry Team

Charles Su - Worship Leader

I grew up in Cary in a Christian home and enjoyed going to church as a kid. I placed my faith in Jesus as a freshman at NC State and have grown a lot in my faith while involved in Cru. For the past few years I have led worship for Cru and am now training up the next worship leaders. I got connected to Harvest after Pastor Mike texted me and several hours later we were at Jubala coffee then several weeks later I was a worship intern! My first impression of Harvest was that everyone really worships and my desire is to grow Harvest Raleigh’s worship of Jesus all the more. Worshipping God is the epitome of human expression so it’s a privilege to serve in leading worship at Harvest.

Brian & Debbie Lowther - Small Group Coaches

We grew up here in Raleigh and live in Cary with our four kids: Ian, Lee, Rebecca and Maggie. I (Brian) went to NC State and now as an engineer, work hard to do all I can to ensure electrical power gets to your home. I (Debbie) went to App State, worked with Home Owners Associations for years and now enjoy being home with the kids. We both love to be active including ultimate frisbee and mountain biking. As a couple, we have benefited greatly from Harvest small groups and it’s a joy to now be a part of coaching small group leaders. We help write small group discussion questions and equip existing and new small group leaders and their groups flourish.

Heather Burckart - Director of Connections & Administrative Assistant to Pastor Mike

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 girls, Anna, Madelyn and Ava, and a 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.

Terrell Dillon - Director of Harvest Kids

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 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!

Jeremy & Nomi Ricks - Harvest Students Leaders

I (Jeremy) was born and raised right here in Raleigh and grew up in a family of Christians who emphasize and actively live out faith in the Lord. Youth ministries like summer camp at Camp Oak Hill and youth group at church were formative in my faith. I went to NC State University (Go Pack!) where I truly decided to own my faith. I now work as a project manager at a construction company.

I (Nomi) am an Army brat! I am from Guam but grew up in Pittsburgh, Omaha, and Fayetteville. I was raised in a Catholic family with deep belief in God. I began personally walking with the Lord when I was a sophomore in high school. I went to UNC Chapel Hill (‘sko Heels!) and was further discipled and made disciples of Jesus through Cru. I now work as a clinical specialist for a medical device company.

We got married in December 2020 at Harvest. We are thankful for the ways the Lord drew us to Himself through youth ministries and we are so excited to lead Harvest Students toward the same.

Tim Horton - Men's Ministry Leader

I distinctly remember the first time I picked up a Bible to read it because I wanted to know what it really said. I had read the Bible for years and from a very young age, but it was always because someone had asked me to open my Bible and read it. On that day, for the first time, I read about a God who loved me with a deep, deep love and I knew, at that moment, that I wanted to serve Him for the rest of my life with all of my energy. Christ’s love for the church is the most powerful thing that I know and the cross and resurrection are the greatest demonstrations of that power that man has ever seen. My life has a new purpose because of Christ’s life, death and resurrection.

I love Harvest because we are a faith family who, amidst the good and bad of life, walk with one another as we walk with Christ. I am passionate about small groups, because they have been a great tool of spiritual transformation in my life. I am also really energized by church planting because it is the radical place where the sharp edge of the knife cuts into the greatest darkness in the world by rescuing people who have been blinded for generations.

I met my wife, Kate, while we were both participating in church planting overseas. I have two daughters, Mary Wallace and Legare, and a son Asa. Our family likes to get out of town and see new things, see the leaves change in October and play on the beach in the summer. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Kate Horton & Aimee Davis - Women's Ministry Leaders

Jacob Thompson - Facilities Director