On July 30, 2000, Dr. Marty Herron arrived with his family to fulfill his new duties as pastor of Harvest Baptist Church. For the previous eighteen years he had served at Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, Wisconsin, as Camp Director and eventually as vice-president.
In preparation for full-time ministry, he first attended Western Baptist Bible College. Then he traveled with the Life Action Revival Ministry. Afterwards, he completed a B.A. in church ministries with a minor in speech at Bob Jones University.
He first came to Guam in September 1999 as a Spirit Week speaker to replace his colleague Dr. Sam Horn. During that week he and his wife got a burden for the people of Guam and Micronesia.
He also saw the value of being involved in a pastorate. In January after he returned to Harvest Baptist Church to candidate, the church voted to call him as senior pastor. His desire as he shepherds the congregation is to help people develop a heart for God.
His wife, Tami, had also been involved in Life Action Revival Ministries. During their years at Northland, she taught several Bible and Christian service classes as well as reared their four children, Megan, Misty, Micah and Miles.
Pastor Joe and his wife Garthea first came to the island of Guam in the 1980’s as missionaries. They labored six years as a mission pastor at Pacific Independent Bible Church. After leaving the church in the hands of other missionaries, the Lord led them to Family Baptist Church in Dededo. They faithfully served in that ministry for the next seven years. In the spring of 1999, the Hensons joined Harvest Ministries. Currently, Garthea is the lower elementary principal, and Pastor Joe counsels, teaches adult Sunday school and Harvest Baptist Bible College classes and is on the administrative council for Harvest Baptist Bible College.
Pastor Jared Baldwin returned to the island of Guam during the summer of 2011 after ministering for two years in New Hampshire. Pastor Jared will be helping to oversee the Harvest House ministry to Guam's foster families, coordinating Harvest's efforts on behalf of missionaries around the world, as well as ministering to the students of Harvest Christian Academy as the coach of the cross country team. Pastor Jared and his wife Tammy have three children--Kayla, Andrew, and Zachary.
Kevin Inafuku, Minister of Music at Harvest Baptist Church, graduated from Bob Jones University in 2000 with a degree in Church Music. Following his graduation he struggled with whether God would call him back to Hawaii where he was born and raised, but God directed his steps to travel with the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team. Traveling from 2000-2003, Kevin was able to direct the team’s music and run the children’s meetings each night. God, through His sovereignty, allowed Kevin to meet Pastor Marty Herron, who is a very good friend of Steve Pettit. Kevin was able to visit Guam right after Super Typhoon Pongsona and was convinced God was leading him there. The islands have always been in his heart, and Harvest Ministries resonated with his passion to know God and to help others know Him. After seven years of service leading the worship ministry at Harvest, Kevin married Misty Herron, daughter of Pastor and Mrs. Herron. Misty graduated from Northland International University and, as the mother of two little girls, works part-time in the Harvest office. Together, Kevin and Misty have a huge desire to serve God in the islands and to help the people of Guam develop a heart for God.
Mr. Christian Bendo was born and raised in Guam and graduated from Harvest Christian Academy. Christian received his undergraduate degree at Northland University where he also met his future wife Melissa. Christian then received further training at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary before returning to Guam to be a part of the HCA and HBBC faculty. In the summer of 2014, Christian and Melissa began ministering to the youth of Harvest Baptist Church in the Heart 4 Christ ministry.
Bryan was raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee. Growing up, he had never heard the Gospel, and it was not until he was fifteen that he first heard the truth. While coming home from his little brother’s baptism at a Catholic Church, Bryan’s brother-in-law, David, shared with him how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Soon after, Bryan accepted the Lord as his Savior. He was discipled by John Zimmer, who currently serves as a missionary on the Island of Palau. Bryan met his wife Amy while serving in Guam, and the two were married in 2010. They are the parents of two girls. Bryan and Amy help lead the children's ministries of Harvest Baptist Church both on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Throughout the week, Bryan works with the students of Harvest Christian Academy in Life Skills classes while Amy works in the school nurse's office and in the community as a physician's assistant.
Don and his wife Tessie both trusted Jesus as Savior on Guam in 1985 and have been members at Harvest Baptist Church since that time. The Lord used the circumstances surrounding Typhoon Paka in 1997 to call Don to the pastorate and to start Guahan Baptist Church in the southern part of the island. Besides pastoring, Don currently teaches for both Harvest Christian Academy and Harvest Baptist Bible College and serves as part of the pastoral team at Harvest. Tessie works in Harvest’s accounting department and serves in the AWANA program. They both have a strong desire to see the people of Guam develop a heart for God through a personal relationship with Him.