PETER & CAROLE
Peter and Carole have been in ministry for 32 years and are the Senior Pastors of Harvest Church in Otorohanga.
Relocating from Zimbabwe in 2001, they could not have found a more welcoming environment to settle in. Over the past two decades, Peter and Carole have pastored Harvest Church and enjoy connecting with people of all ages, from all walks of life and from many nations.
Growing great leaders and church development is something Peter is continually working on. Committed to being a life-long learner, Peter completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry, graduating in 2019 through Alphacrucis College.
Peter and Carole are passionate about the local community and have both completed the Diploma in Christian Ministries – Chaplaincy, to be better equipped to minister in this fully.
Joining forces with like-minded community members in the district to empower the youth of Otorohanga through the Thrive Trust has been a highlight. With a strong influence in connecting with the local community, Peter serves on the Otorohanga District Council as a Community Board Member. This opportunity allows him to use his experience in leadership, governance and management outside of the Church environment.
Peter and Carole have been married for 32 years and have a growing family; with one delightful grandson who has completely stolen their hearts.
We are HARVEST, our mission is to be:
We will seek the Lord in all decisions that we make. One of the requirements of a minister as given in 1 Timothy 3:2 is that they be hospitable. The church today needs to show the hospitality of Christ to those less well off, the lonely etc. It is an area that can continually be improved upon, but if the church is going to be hospitable the load must be carried by all in an orderly fashion or the few will very quickly be tired out.
Active in the Community
We will find any possible means to reach out into our community to not only be of practical service, but to reach the community for Christ. We will use “Harvest Rock” Climbing, and the whole centre as an instrument to reach the youth as well as adults within our community.
We will be relevant to our community and the people in it. Too many, the church is stained glass windows and hymnals. We aim to reverse this mindset. We will be relevant in the way we structure our services, relevant in music, relevant in dress, and, most importantly, relevant in the message we carry.
We will not settle for the status quo. It has been said “Those who aim at nothing usually hit it.” Proverbs 29:18 tells us “Where there is no vision, the people perish”, so if we are to succeed at our God given responsibility, we must have a Godly vision.
We will preach the gospel to all those whom God has called us to. The Primary responsibility of any church is to preach the Gospel, and make disciples of all men. We will put into place a healthy evangelism programme, causing us to not become complacent but to be continually striving for greater evangelistic endeavour.
We are a Pentecostal church. We believe in the Baptism of the Spirit as a separate experience from the new birth, and encourage the use of the gifts of the Spirit as found in 1 Corinthians 12. We also believe the Holy Spirit has been sent to guide the Church, and we recognise that without the Spirit of God we can not fulfil the vision God has given us.
The Bible is clear about “Making disciples” and “equipping”. A part of the role of the church is to train God’s people to fulfill His commands. There is easy access to a host of resource material in the 21st Century world, NOT ALL OF WHICH IS HELPFUL. At Harvest we are endeavouring to resource our people in a manner pleasing to the Lord.