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

  • 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. He is the author of "The Starting Five: Discovering the Five Doctrines that Anchor the Christian Life." His other published writings can be seen 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 Movie

    Serious movie: “North By Northwest” or “The Bourne Identity."

    Comedy: “Napoleon Dynamite."


    Favorite Music

    Classical.


    Favorite Food

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


    Favorite Color

    Camo.


    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."


  • 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; 2 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

  • 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



  • Penny Coradi, Administration

    Penny provides administrative assistance for Pastor Brett. and also volunteers in the children's ministry.


    Family

    Married Pete in 1994; we have two boys.


    Where and when were you saved?

    I "walked the aisle" at 5 years old in Jacksonville, Florida.


    Favorite Music

    Christian.


    Favorite Food

    Southern comfort food.


    Favorite Music

    Comedies.


    Favorite Color

    Warm colors.


    Sports Team

    Florida Gators


    Free Time

    Anything with other adults (I homeschool), shopping, and pedicures.


    Favorite Bible Verse

    Anything in the book of James.

  • Josh Burns, Intern (Media outreach)

    Josh is a seminary student who is interning under Pastor Brett and is currently been assigned the job of overseeing media outreach.


    Family

    Becky and I married in 2014.


    When and where did you become a Christian?

    October of 2015, here at Harvest.


    Favorite Book (besides the Bible)

    I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Frank Turek and Norman Geisler.


    Favorite Movie

    Forrest Gump


    Favorite Music

    Classical.


    Favorite Food

    My Mom's sirloin tips!


    Sports Team

    New England Patriots.


    Free Time or Hobbies

    Reading, exercising, hiking, and talking with friends and family.


    Favorite Bible Verse

    Luke 9.60... But he told them, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of the kingdom of God."


  • 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...


  • 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.

  • Nicole cox, Children and Worship

    Nicole wears two leadership hats at Harvest, providing leadership for both the worship ministry and the children's ministry.


    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.

  • 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.