Meet Our Staff
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Ray Kirkland | Senior Pastor
Pastor Ray Kirkland became the new Lead Pastor at Harvest Assembly in June 2019. Working with the leaders and the incredible people of Harvest Assembly, he is very intentional and passionate about leading people to discover Jesus and salvation and to empower them in their Christ journey. Harvest is a cause-driven Church with a focus on reaching people. We understand that we have been rescued to be rescuers, and we have been helped to help, healed to heal and loved to love. Harvest is a multi-generational, multi-cultural church for all ages and stages of life. As Lead Pastor he casts vision and empowers Harvest to fulfill its commission from the Lord to ‘make disciples’. He believes Harvest is to be a regional hub where people from all walks of life come to flourish in every area of their lives.
For over 40 years Dr. Ray has been an apostolic voice and leader. He is known for his wisdom, and innovative, daring, and creative leadership. He has the ability to inspire the best in others and raise high quality leaders. Many of the pastors who have served their apprenticeship under him are now Senior Pastors of thriving churches or leading movements. Under his direct pastoral and apostolic leadership over 1200 churches have been planted and as a result of these, hundreds more.
Pastor Ray and Gail, following their commitment to encourage leaders and other churches, have traveled extensively to many nations and worked with missionaries and evangelistic teams in mission work, and to launch various international ministries such as churches, orphanages, schools, rescue houses, and medical assistance both stateside and abroad.
Pastor Ray and Gail have a happily blended family with 6 children and currently 14 grandchildren and counting! Together, one of their greatest joys is to host area pastors and leaders for refreshing times of vision-casting, leadership development, fellowship and inspiration. They love to travel, experience new places, food and people. They believe Harvest’s greatest and brightest days are ahead!
Brad Shedd | Associate Pastor
Pastor Brad Shedd has been a member of Harvest Assembly since 1997. He serves as an Associate Pastor overseeing the Administrative responsibilities of the church. His job is to make sure that the inner workings of Harvest move as smoothly as possible, while serving God and the congregation in any way needed.
Pastor Brad received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance/Music Education at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati in 1990 and then earned his Master of Divinity at the School of Divinity of Regent University in 1997. He served as a campus pastor for the University of Cincinnati Chi Alpha Student Group, as an associate pastor at Harvest from 1997-2013, and as the founder and lead pastor for Generations Christian Fellowship (a Family-Integrated Church planted by Harvest) from 2014-2016. Brad is also an adjunct professor at Regent University. He is honored to be back at Harvest Assembly to serve!
Pastor Brad has been married for 29 years to his wife Alyson, and they have been blessed with eight wonderful children, ranging in age from 22 to 9! He loves to minister God’s Word, discipleship, worship, classical music, and doing fun things with his family! His desire is to see Harvest become all God has destined it to be here in Hampton Roads!
Bill Sparkman | Associate Pastor
Pastor Bill Sparkman and his wife, Anita, have been members of Harvest Assembly since 1985. He has been on staff as an Associate Pastor and Elder since 1998. Although his responsibilities are varied, his primary responsibility is to provide pastoral oversight for the Children’s Ministries. He carries high expectations for what God wants to do in and through the children. He is desperate for God’s anointing, and passionate to see children’s’ lives transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is passionate about reaching the most reachable people group…the children.
Although Pastor Bill does not have a formal education related to ministry, the call of God into ministry has always been evident, and demonstrated by his service to the body of Christ. Since the age of 17, Pastor Bill’s primary involvement in other church bodies, including Harvest, was the leading of worship. When he came to Harvest in 1985, he was quickly asked to be a part of the worship team as well as provide leadership in the Royal Ranger Program. He has worn many hats over the years and strives to handle each responsibility with excellence.
Pastor Bill and his wife Anita have been married for over forty years; have five adult children, and five grandchildren. They currently reside in Chesapeake within 5 miles of where they both were born and raised. Pastor Bill doesn’t have much interest in hobbies or sports. His passion is for ministry. However, he does find his greatest joy being with his family. Many Sunday afternoons are devoted to family celebrations; birthdays, holidays, Fri-days, Satur-days, and most any other day they can find a reason to celebrate.
Pastor Bill’s goal to provide impacting discipleship (equipping children’s to reach their destiny in Christ).
Dr. William Cox | Church Elder
Dr. William Cox joined Harvest Assembly in 1982 just several months after it started. He soon became a deacon/trustee and has also served as an Elder at Harvest since 1999.
In 1980, he was one of the three founding faculty members of the School of Education at Regent University. Currently he is professor and director of its Christian Education Master’s and Doctoral programs. He has held various leadership positions in religion and education and has received numerous honors including selection as Teacher of the Year at Regent University. A decorated military veteran, he was a B-52 navigator and bombardier in the Air Force serving 5 years active and 15 years in the Reserves. He has more than 50 professional publications, has developed Christian education curriculum, and has lectured internationally in the field of education.
His particular interests are three-fold: to help restore citizen flourishing consistent with the biblical foundations of U.S. governing documents, to enable parental educational choice without civil government mandates, and to promote the development of Christian/Kingdom education. His book Tyranny Through Public Education addresses the inappropriateness of federal government control of education.
Joan Baker | Director of House of Blessing
Joan Baker has been a member of Harvest Assembly since 1992. She serves as Director of the House of Blessing (HOB), a benevolence ministry under Harvest. As Director, Joan oversees the daily operation of HOB, she acts as liaison between all the vendors (Food Banks, Diaper Banks, etc). She also works specifically with those in need of Financial Assistance.
Joan has served in a number of capacities here at Harvest; she helped with the Missionates, she assisted with Vacation Bible School and most notably, she volunteered at the House of Blessing for over 20 years before stepping into her role as Director.
Joan has been married for 46 years, she has 2 grandchildren and 3 beautiful grandchildren. While her passion is the care of HOB, her hobbies include playing and swimming with her grand kids.
Her goal is to see HOB grow, not just in the number of people being given food, but in the number of people being given Jesus. Ultimately, her goal is to win souls for the kingdom!
David Stump | Director of Harvest School of Ministry and Media Department
David Stump has been a member of Harvest Assembly since 2009. He serves as the Sound and Audio Visual Director. He oversees all the audio and visual needs, leads the Harvest School of Ministry and serves on the team of the Prophetic ministry.
He graduated high school in 1986. In the year 2000 he began running sound at Bayview Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2009 he came to Harvest Assembly and became a sound technician in 2010.
David was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. He has a wife of 25 years Janet Stump. He has a son David Stump IV who is 23. David loves to cycle and rides to raise awareness for Diabetes and Muscular sclerosis. His heart and passion is to see people free. His goal is for Harvest to become a place of excellence in audio/visual department.
Carshena Church-Patterson | Childcare Coordinator
Carshena (Sheena) Church-Patterson has been a member of Harvest Assembly since 2004. She serves as the Childcare Coordinator over the Nursery and Preschool Department. Her job entails providing onsite supervision of all nursery and preschool staff and I maintaining supplies for the classrooms.
Sheena received her certificate in Early Childhood Development from TCC in December, 2018. Additionally, she is currently ONE semester away from receiving her degree in Early Childhood Development (Dec. 2019)! Sheena started as a volunteer in the classroom and eventually became a teacher. She worked as a teacher for seven years, until she accepted the position as Childcare Coordinator in 2015.
Sheena has been married to her husband Donald for 26 years and they have three beautiful children. She was born and raised in Virginia and enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family. Her goal in the Nursery and Preschool Department is to partner with, and support parents, in their journey to raise up a Godly generation.
Tim Redmer | Bookkeeper
Tim Redmer has been the part-time bookkeeper for 11 years. He and his wife, Arlene, have attended Harvest since 1984 at the suggestion of William Cox and to play on the church softball team which won zero games in its first year.
Tim has also been a Professor at Regent University School of Business & Leadership since 1982, teaching accounting. He was also an accountant in the Air Force.
Arlene and Tim have been married almost 48 years and have 4 grown children and 9 grandchildren. Matthew married to Christy has four children and lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Luke married to Heather has five children and lives in Washington DC. Daniel married to Danielle is serving in the Army at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Darya married to Bryan lives in Chesapeake.
Tim and Arlene like to travel and visit family. Their travel goals are to visit every state, only North Dakota remains, visit all the national parks, lots to go, and travel out west at least once a year.
Michelle Windhorst | Office Manager
Michelle Windhorst has been a member of Harvest since November, 2018 and has served in the Front Office since February, 2019. Her primary duties include: social media and website management, all things administration, as well as overseeing the day-to-day running of the church office.
Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management, obtained while she lived and worked in California. As a Pastor’s kid, Michelle grew up in India and was launched into various ministry outlets at a young age. She serves on the Worship Team here at Harvest and has been involved in various young couple’s and women’s groups.
Michelle has been married since November, 2017 to her husband, Jeremy. Together they enjoy spending time with family and friends, working out, paddle boarding, hiking and cooking and going to the beach. Michelle’s goal is to implement strategies that will make the running of the Church Office efficient and excellent.
Ken Logan | Facilities Manager
Ken Logan has been serving as the Facility Manager for Harvest Assembly since June, 2019. His primary focus is on maintaining and renovating the Church buildings and grounds to ensure it meets the needs of the Leadership and Church Congregation. He is also the primary point of contact for the coordination and set up of events that take place in Harvest Assembly facilities.
Ken served in the United States Air Force for 11 years and spent a great deal of time overseas. Upon the end of his military service and return home, he began an education at Regent University pursuing a degree in History. Rather than continuing in his previous line of work, Ken felt called to serve God more directly and was led to work as the caretaker of Harvest Assembly. He also coordinates a small ministry at Discovery Church in Virginia Beach providing dinner for the families of church members and their children prior to the start of Vacation Bible School each week.
Ken’s goal here at Harvest is to make sure that Harvest Assembly is able to sustain the needs of its congregation and the ministries it supports. He seeks to ensure that the assets that God has given this church, are well taken care of and available to serve His will.