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.
As of December 31, 2018, Scott Milholland is transitioning from his role as Senior Executive Pastor and Chief Operating Officer, after serving for five fruitful years at Harvest. He and his wife Shannon and their daughters will be moving back near family in Dallas and have made a lasting impact on our ministry.
As of August 1, 2018, Kurt is being sent (at his request) to pursue starting a new church with Vertical Church Network in central California. Since his arrival almost three years ago, the goal has been to restore the Gebhards family to a Senior Pastor, full-time preaching position. Kurt has served well at our Rolling Meadows Campus and we release him with joy.
As of July 31, 2018, Janine Nelson transitioned from serving full-time as Executive Director of Walk in the Word to return to Michigan for family reasons. Over 13 years in leadership, the ministry multiplied many times over in both radio and television. We are thankful for her faithful service.
As of June 1, 2018 Tammy has transitioned to a part time role working 1-2 days a week as needed. Tammy has been on staff since July 2017. Recently she has served in the role of Director of Mission Harvest. She has also played a role in getting the Vertical Church Network up and running. Since then, the need for her work has lessened and at the same time she was approached by Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and has accepted the position. She has offered her services and will continue in a part time role to help with the Harvest church planting initiatives.
R. T. Maldaner
As of January 31, 2018, R. T. Maldaner will have completed his 2.5 year tenure on staff at Harvest in various campus ministry roles, most recently as Campus Pastor of Connections on the Elgin Campus. Over the course of time, the Executive Leadership Team and R.T. agreed that his passions and convictions about theology (reformed), staff management, and other matters make his continuance on staff less than best for him and for Harvest. With the mutual sense that the Lord is leading R.T. to pursue other ministry opportunities, we are grateful for the grace he is showing in embracing this transition and his shepherding abilities will be missed. We wish R.T. and his wife Sarah God’s best in a ministry assignment more aligned with his views.