"For they watch for your souls, as they that must give account..." - Hebrews 13:17b
Pastor Gary Walton
Pastor Gary Walton was born in Colorado, but spent many years growing up California. He and his wife, Faith, spent 24 years in Minnesota where all five of their children were born and raised. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Northland Baptist Bible College and a Masters of Divinity degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He spent 14 years as a pastor in Minnesota and 5 years working with Bibles International. After visiting Harvest Ministries in 2014, his eyes were opened to the many ministry opportunities available here and, in August of 2018, was led by God to come back to Harvest permanently.
Pastor Larry Nagengast
Adult Education & Military Ministry
Pastor Larry Nagengast is from Davison, Michigan, where he served as the School Administrator and Assistant Pastor at Faith Baptist Church for 36 years. He also served as a pastor at First Baptist Church of Goodrich, Michigan. He has earned multiple degrees to aid in ministry which include a Bachelor of Science in English Education, a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Bob Jones University. He and his wife, Jackie, attended various events at Harvest Ministries as speakers from 2007 to 2018. They prayed for a frontline mission ministry and, with the transition of leadership at Harvest, God brought them to Guam where he currently serves. He enjoys reading and golf in his spare time.
Pastor Ken Keith
Youth & Worship
Pastor Ken Keith was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived in California and Chicago. He received a Master’s Degree in Biblical Theology from Northland International University. During his time there, he helped with the Audio and Visual department for the school along with the Missions department. After Typhoon Pongsona devastated Guam, he came on a mission trip to help with the clean-up efforts. He enjoyed working with Harvest during this time and, 18 months later, he and his family moved to the island. He and his wife, Samantha, have four kids. He loves catching up with Chicago sports in his free time.
Pastor Bryan Lenartz
Events & Evangelism
Bryan grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Maranatha Baptist University along with a Masters in Bible from Maranatha Baptist Seminary. Before coming to Harvest Ministries, he helped start a campus ministry at the University of Milwaukee as well as assisted with an ESL outreach there. He knew of Harvest because of his youth pastor, John Zimmer, who now serves as a missionary to Palau. God opened the opportunity for him to be an intern in 2009. He was ordained and currently serves as the Pastor of Adult Education and Hospitality. He and his wife, Amy, have four children and love campfires, games, and watching Wisconsin sports.
Pastor Jeremy Zajicek
Pastor Jeremy was born and raised in the suburbs of the twin cities in Minnesota. He met his wife, Jeanna, at Maranatha Baptist University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Before God called him to full-time ministry, Jeremy worked in a number of secular organizations ranging from financial institutions to government service. Each of those experiences prepared him to serve as a Christian school administrator beginning in early 2015. God again began to shape and mold the will of the Zajicek family as He led them to Harvest Ministries. Pastor Jeremy, Jeanna, and their six children, moved to Guam in July of 2019, where he serves as an Assistant Pastor and the Administrator of Harvest Christian Academy. Jeremy holds a Master of Science in Management from Cardinal Stritch University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Liberty University.
Pastor Don Eckert
Pastor Don Eckert is from Janesville, Wisconsin, but calls Guam home after being here for over 40 years. He served as a deacon at Harvest Baptist Church for over 10 years as well as a church planter in southern Guam where he has been the pastor of Guahan Baptist Church since 2011. God used Dr. Tim Watson to encourage him to pursue higher education. In 2010, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries from Harvest Baptist Bible College and a Masters in Ministry from Northland International University in 2014. His wife, Tessie was born and raised on Guam. They have two daughters, one son and seven grand kids. He is an avid reader, enjoys cooking, and creating island floral arrangements.
Pastor Yoh Shirato
Dr. Yoh Shirato was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, until the age of 15. He moved to Guam and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior through the ministry of Harvest Christian Academy. After graduating, he pursued multiple degrees, which include a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate in Theology from Bob Jones University and Seminary. He was able to gain ministry experience while pursuing his degrees. Afterwards he served as an Assistant Pastor at Asian Baptist Community Church in Singapore and a theology professor at their seminary. When the seminary closed, he followed the Lord’s leading in the opportunity to move to Harvest and help as the Bible Institute in its transition to become a Bible College. He was married in 2020 and enjoys martial arts, spearfishing, and downhill skiing.
Wade grew up in Chicago, Illinois and then Kansas City, Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Bob Jones University and gained experience in ministry working at The Wilds Christian Camp in North Carolina. Shortly after marrying his wife, Robyn, in 2011, they moved to Hong Kong where they taught English and served in a local church. In 2014 they moved to northern Virginia where Wade served as Facilities Manager of a church as well as Children’s Church Director. God continued to grow in their lives a desire to minister to children in a multi-cultural environment. They have a son and a daughter. He enjoys hiking, playing with his children, and following Kansas City sports.
Our Church Deacons for 2020-2021
Deacons are appointed by the church to serve, minister, and help our pastors. They also tend to the needs of our members, so pastors can concentrate on studying and preaching the Word of God. Currently serving in our deacon fellowship are:
Bhong Canda, Robert Castro, Andrew Dongon, John Duenas, Jose Gonzalez, Chris Harper, Randy Lemuel, James Lujan, Jon Marshall, Uri Schallhorn, Josh Taylor and Chris Wolseley. Alternate is Jeremy Raab.
"For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. " 1 Timothy 3:13