Senior Pastor: Gary Smith
“I began serving as Senior Pastor with Harvest in May 2009 after serving as Executive Pastor at a church in Port Angeles, Washington for nearly thirteen years. I have been married to a wonderful woman, Patty, since May of 1988. We have three adult children - a son, Alex, and two daughters, Emily and Rachel. We love the people of Harvest and are grateful to share in what God is doing here through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. Harvest is blessed with a gifted staff and elder team who love Jesus and are devoted to growing people in knowing and living for him. It is a privilege and joy to serve with them.
In 2011 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I am not a fan of Parkinson’s. It has made daily life and ministry increasingly challenging. But God has been surrounding and sustaining me with his grace through the love, prayers, and support of the Harvest family. While we are not a perfect church, I can say from my experience in the way they have stood with me as a “broken pastor,” that Harvest is the real thing when it comes to being a caring community for broken people. Our hope is in God who empowers us in our weakness to make disciples for Jesus through gospel-centered mission, growth, and community. Come join us in carrying out and living Christ’s mission!”
Family Ministries Pastor: Greg Goostree
“I grew up as a church kid in East Clark County who met Jesus and was discipled by a long list of people through my church. During high school I realized I wanted to be a part of students and their families coming to know who Jesus is and learning how to live for Him. After high school, I attended Multnomah Bible College (now Multnomah University) to earn a bachelor’s degree in Bible, Theology, and Youth Ministry. My time at Multnomah was truly transformative as a Christ follower.
In 1998 I was given my first opportunity to lead a ministry with students. The internship was a catalyst that God used to give me a heart to help students and their families become disciples of Jesus. In 2001 I was hired as the youth pastor at Trinity Fellowship in SE Portland where God shaped me as a young pastor. It did not take long to realize that I wanted more education to better serve families. I enrolled at Western Seminary where I crammed a two year master’s degree in counseling into four years.
Halfway through my time at Western Seminary (2007) my wife, Lindsay, and I moved to Camas. In 2008 Harvest offered me a position working with youth and their families. For the last few years I have also helped oversee and advise children’s ministry at Harvest. It has been great to help our incredible volunteers who are pouring into the lives of our kiddos at Harvest and in our neighborhood.
Lindsay and I love our church and our little town. Both have provided a great place to raise our four kiddos (Kaden, Raegan, Hudson, and Maddison).”
High School Youth Pastor: Matt Eldredge
"Even though I grew up in the church, I resisted a life that was truly centered on Jesus and kept him as a backup plan in case my plans didn't work out. Funny thing is my plans left me really empty and before I could even think to go to Jesus as plan B, he had already been in pursuit of me and welcomed me home with a grace that was completely overwhelming. I knew I wanted to live a life filled with Christ's purposes and that's what led me to working with the Harvest youth group.
I've been here now since 2010 and now serve as the High School Youth Pastor. I love doing life with students because of how hungry they are for purpose and relationships that matter. We hope for our youth group to be family and to grow our roots deep into Jesus, knowing that we are his disciples and in turn to go out making disciples.
I'm married to my best friend Kathleen and love doing life and ministry together. We both serve as Young Life leaders and have a blast connecting with students from Camas High School. We also love Ben and Jerry's and The Office! This community has helped shape us as a couple and we're thankful to have a community who has thoroughly cheered us on."
Administrative Assistant & Financial Management: Alyssa Higginson
Director of Children's Ministry: Patty Smith
Worship Arts Director: Sheri Richter
Worship Intern: Lexi Listek