Leaders

“You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

- Mark 10.42-45

  • Jeff Colby - Elder

    Jeff and his wife, Rosa, have been a part of Harvest for almost a decade. A CPA who works in the finance industry, Jeff leads a small group and oversees volunteers and finances at Harvest.


    Family

    Rosa and I married in 1992. We have one daughter and one son (both now adults).


    Where and when did you trust Christ?

    1991; California.


    Favorite Book (apart form the Bible)

    Lord of the Rings.


    Favorite Movies

    Star Wars (Episode IV)

    A Christmas Carol (w/Alastair Sim)

    Nacho Libre


    Favorite Music

    GLAD Acapella Project.


    Favorite Food

    Real Mexican, Grandma's cinnamon rolls.


    Favorite Color

    Blue.


    Sports Team

    UCLA basketball.


    Free Time or Hobbies

    What is that? Running.


    Favorite Bible Verse

    1 Corinthians 6.9-11



  • Nicole cox - Worship

    The daughter of a pastor, Nicole brings years of worship ministry experience into her role at Harvest.


    Family

    Married Devon in 2004. We have 1 son and 2 daughters.


    Salvation

    Saved in 1980 in Harvey, Illinois.


    Favorite Book (besides the Bible)

    Many favorites from C. S. Lewis to Amy Tan... anything that captures or speaks to my spirit.


    Favorite Movie

    Many favorites! Action, fantasy, psychological thrillers, and musicals (both classics and new).


    Favorite Music

    EVERYTHING! From hip-hop to bluegrass to rock... if it speaks to my soul, I love it!


    Favorite Food

    Italian.


    Favorite Color

    All bright hues.


    Sports Team

    Our family is an NBA family. We pick favorites every season... but my husband insists our loyalties stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers!


    Free Time

    Movies and music or random shenanigans with my inner circle!


    Favorite Bible Verses

    John 1.1-18; 2 Timothy 1.7, Romans 12.1-2, 1 Peter 2.9.

  • Rick doctor - Elder

    Rick, in addition to serving as an elder at Harvest, leads a small group in his home and helps fill the pulpit in Pastor Brett's absence.


    Family
    Married to Daizzee in 2010; 3 kids.

    When and where did you get saved?
    2007; Jacksonville, Florida.

    Favorite Book (besides the Bible)
    No favorite book, but I love fantasy and sci-fi. Most of my reading is done through audio books.

    Favorite Movie
    I don’t have a favorite but I absolutely love “Maverick”… the Mel Gibson one.

    Favorite Music
    ‘70s and ‘80s music, and instrumental hip-hop.

    Favorite Food
    All food.

    Favorite Color
    Black, yellow, orange,  and green.

    Sports Team
    Obligatory… the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Free Time or Hobbies
    Doodle, basketball, tennis, board games, video games, and chill with friends.

    Favorite Bible Verse(s)
    He must increase, but I must decrease. - John 3.30
    So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  - 1 Corinthians 10.31

  • Brett Maragni, Pastor

    Brett and his wife Lacey are the blessed parents of four children. A native of southern Illinois, he is a graduate of Union University (B.A.), Southwestern Seminary (M.Div.BL), and Luther Rice (D.Min.). Preaching since his teen years, he has been a guest speaker at camps, retreats, college chapels, and various other venues. His writings are listed at pastorbrett.com.


    Family

    Lacey and I married in 1995. We have four kids... two boys and two girls.


    Where and when did you get saved?

    Spring of 1986; Benton, Illinois.


    Favorite Book (after the Bible)

    No one favorite. My favorite author is the late Elmer Kelton, who wrote historically accurate Westerns, set mostly in Texas.


    Favorite Movies

    "The Right Stuff"

    “North By Northwest”

    “The Bourne Identity"

    “Napoleon Dynamite"

    "Lonesome Dove" (TV mini-series)


    Favorite Music

    Classical.


    Favorite Food

    Down home country cooking… from Lacey, my Mom, my Mother-in-Law, or the Cracker Barrel.


    Favorite Color

    Camo. And blue.


    Sports Team

    St. Louis Cardinals. 


    Free Time

    Good conversation with family or friends, reading, hunting, following sports, a good movie or documentary. 


    Life Verse

    John 15:5… where Jesus said… “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."


  • LACEY MARAGNI - CHILDREN AND TEENS (Interim)

    In addition to serving as chief cheerleader for our pastor, Lacey directs the children and teen ministries, providing vision for the ministries as well as encouragement for our outstanding volunteers.


    Family

    Married to Brett in 1995; mother to Chase, Bryce, Grace, and Esther.


    When and where did you get saved?

    6 years old at home.


    Favorite Book (besides the Bible)

    I don't know.


    Favorite Movie

    I'm not much of a movie person.


    Favorite Music

    I don't listen to music much. Too busy.


    Favorite Food

    Chocolate.


    Favorite Color

    Pink or teal.


    Sports Team

    I don't follow sports.


    Free Time or Hobbies

    Free time... Are you kidding? Next question...


    Favorite Bible Verse(s)

    John 15.5, and no I didn't know that was also my husband's... until he just now exclaimed, "That's mine!"

  • Michael Spong - Deacon, men's ministry

    in addition to serving as a Deacon at Harvest, Michael oversees our men's ministry, which consists of special events throughout the year.


    Family

    Gina and I married in April of 1998. We have two children, a boy and a girl.


    When and where did you become a Christian?

    As a young child in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


    Favorite Book (aside from the Bible)

    No one favorite. I enjoy Russian novels - Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, as well as fantasy genre and historical biographies.


    Favorite Movies

    Braveheart

    Chariots of Fire


    Favorite Music

    U2, '80s, but I enjoy most styles of music.


    Favorite Food

    Italian and Mexican.


    Favorite Color

    Charcoal gray.


    Sports Team

    Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State Nittany Lions.


    Free Time or Hobbies

    Family time, running, reading, watching sports.


    Favorite Bible Verse

    Romans 8.28-39, Isaiah 6.1-8.

  • Gina spong - women's ministry

    With years of experience in ministering to women, Gina has a passion to see women discover the goodness and grace of God.


    Family

    Michael & I married in 1998. We have two kids... one boy and one girl.


    When and where did you get saved?

    Freshman year of high school at a Christian Rock Concert.


    Favorite Book (other than the Bible)

    My favorite genre is Christian books on growing in the disciplines.


    Favorite Movie

    Don't really have one... enjoy comedies and romance. Also enjoy spy thrillers.


    Favorite Music

    Contemporary Christian.


    Favorite Food

    Anything chocolate.


    Favorite Color

    Blue.


    Sports Team

    Cleveland Cavaliers.


    Free Time

    Playing board games, reading, going to the beach, amusement parks, and movies.


    Life Verse

    Deuteronomy 6.5... Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

  • Armando Vivancos - LIFE Groups

    As leader of the LIFE group ministry, Armando's passion is to see believers discipled and transformed into the image of Christ and training other leaders who are committed to Harvest's Life Group ministry. 


    Family

    Married to Maria since 2008; 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.


    Salvation

    Saved in 1982 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


    Favorite Book (besides the Bible)

    Many favorites. Favorite authors are Tim Keller, Frances Schaeffer, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien.


    Favorite Movie

    "Lord of the Rings" is all-time favorite. Comedy: "Meet the Parents"


    Favorite Music

    Shane & Shane, David Crowder, '90s Alt/Modern Rock.


    Favorite Food

    Cuban, Italian; any pasta combo.


    Favorite Color

    Hunter Green


    Sports Team

    Mostly College Football


    Free Time

    Spending time with family and friends. Date night with Maria. Reading, travel, theology.


    FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE

    Favorite? Hebrews 4.14-16

    Life Verse? Philippians 3.10, That I may know Him and the power of His Resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to His death...