Harvest Bible Chapel

1 hrs
30 mins

Our Elders

The Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel are here to serve the Lord by serving our church family.

Questions for the Elders?



The Scriptures show that the Elders serve by leading and that their responsibility involves the spiritual oversight of the congregation. All Elders are equal in authority but not necessarily equal in influence.

The Elders’ primary responsibilities include:


Latest Updates

  • January 2019 Elder Update

    Dear Harvest Family, We have tried a variety of different strategies to address external criticisms over the past several...

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  • December 2018 Elder Update

    The Elders met early for December’s meeting due to the Elder/Wives Christmas party scheduled for their normal meeting time....

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  • November 2018 Elder Update

    The elders met on Tuesday, November 13. In The News The elders appreciate the staff’s leadership in communicating pro-actively...

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Staff Transitions

We are grateful to the Lord for everyone who serves on staff at Harvest. Over 30 years of ministry, we have learned many employment lessons. With more than 400 current staff, building a healthy staff culture is a big challenge. Annually, we see about 10% turnover on average, so we have learned that most people serve with us for a season.

Our personnel committee partnered with HR and our Elders to help us think through how to communicate these changes more clearly with the congregation. A copy of the Staff Transition Communication Policy is available here.

To see the current Joint Leadership Team staff list, click here.


Staff Transitions

  • James MacDonald

    Senior Pastor and Elder

  • Rick Donald

    Assistant Senior Pastor and Elder

  • Fred Ananias

    Elder | Attends Naples

  • Pedro Assumpcao

    Elder | Attends Chicago Cathedral

  • Sam Booras

    Elder | Attends Elgin Campus

  • Joe Brightwell

    Elder | Attends Rolling Meadows Campus

  • Mike Collett

    Elder | Attends Deerfield Road

  • Gil De las Alas

    Elder | Attends Niles

  • Tod Desmarais

    Elder | Attends Deerfield Rd

  • John Dierker

    Elder | Attends Crystal Lake Campus

  • Ron Duitsman

    Elder Board Chairman | Attends Rolling Meadows

  • Mike Dunwoody

    Elder | Attends Rolling Meadows

  • Dan George

    Elder | Attends Rolling Meadows

  • Anthony Honore

    Elder | Attends Niles Campus

  • Mark Hopwood

    Elder | Attends Elgin Campus

  • Steve Huston

    Elder Executive Committee Chairman

  • Paul Inserra

    Elder | Attends Rolling Meadows Campus

  • Jeffrey Kee

    Elder | Attends Niles

  • Dale Kuntz

    Elder | Attends Rolling Meadows

  • JR Lang

    Elder | Attends Elgin Campus

  • Mike Lankford

    Elder | Attends Rolling Meadows

  • Mike Lawson

    Elder | Attends Crystal Lake

  • Dave Martin

    Elder | Attends Elgin Campus

  • Brian Musso

    Elder | Attends Rolling Meadows

  • Cris Nelson

    Elder | Attends Elgin

  • Marcel Olar

    Elder | Attends Niles

  • Jay Patel

    Elder | Attends Aurora

  • Jeff Smith

    Church Treasurer / Elder Executive Committee | Attends Deerfield Rd

  • Bill Sperling

    Elder Executive Committee | Attends Rolling Meadows

  • Steve Stewart

    Elder | Attends Aurora

  • Scott Stonebreaker

    Elder | Attends Naples

  • Elvin Velez

    Elder | Attends Chicago Cathedral

  • Josh Westerholm

    Elder | Attends Rolling Meadows

  • Matt Woodhead

    Elder | Attends Chicago Cathedral

Plurality of Elders

The Scriptures teach that a plurality of Elders governed individual New Testament churches (Acts 14:23; Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5; Philippians 1:1). The Scripture does not mention any congregations featuring a stand-alone pastor and leader. A plurality of godly Elders, exercising their individual giftedness, squares with the Scripture’s teaching that wisdom is found in a multitude of godly counselors (Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 19:20; Proverbs 24:6). This truth does not eliminate the possibility and likelihood that one or more Elders will stand out from the others as more public in their ministries or more influential in their workings on the Elder Board.