THE HARBOR VERSE
"They rejoiced when the waves grew quiet. Then he guided them to The Harbor they longed for."
OUR MISSION & VISION STATEMENTS
Here at The Harbor Church, we cherish the Bible's words, finding personal guidance in them. The verse that moves us is Psalm 107:30 "They rejoiced when the waves grew quiet. Then He guided them to the harbor they longed for." CSB. When you read "They rejoiced," it reminds us of how we, together, REJOICE IN JESUS. It's a celebration of the joy and peace He brings into our lives. The part "when the waves grew quiet" speaks to me about how WE OVERCOME WITH JESUS. We find calm and strength in Him amidst life's trials and storms. "Then He guided them" resonates with our belief that WE FOLLOW THE GREATEST LEADER. Jesus is our compass, guiding us towards wisdom, righteousness, and eternal life. And "to The Harbor they longed for" illustrates our journey where WE BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS EVERYDAY. This is our path of spiritual growth, striving to reflect His love and compassion in everything we do.
THE HARBOR VISION
The Harbor Church exists to help people love fully and live authentically with God and others.
THE HARBOR MISSION
To develop transparent and authentic followers of Christ who become safe Biblical harbors by teaching others how to love fully and live authentically.
THE HARBOR BELIEFS
GOD is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
JESUS is the Son of God, co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
The HOLY SPIRIT is co-equal with the Father and Jesus, the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, providing power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
The BIBLE is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
PEOPLE are made in the supernatural image of God, to be like Him in character, as the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
SALVATION is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer has ETERNAL SECURITY in that Salvation forever. If we have been genuinely saved, we cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of Christians. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
People were created to exist forever. We will exist ETERNALLY, either separated from God by sin, or with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in the right relationship with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
While we all bring God-given talents and unique perspectives to our ministries at The Harbor, one thing will always remain the same about our staff, we all believe wholeheartedly in our mission to help people love fully and live authentically with God and others.
DAVID TOWNER: Senior Pastor
David came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior on October 26, 1984 with a cast on his leg. That’s where it all started... Called to ministry in June 1988 while interning in a college ministry at Neighborhood Church in Chico, California, “PD” (as he is known here at The Harbor) thought that he would one day be a missionary overseas. God had other plans. He was already weaving, and Pastor Dave met his wife, Tonya, and married her at that very same church. David has been the Senior Pastor here at The Harbor for over 20 years. His passion is to see people come to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ, so they too can experience the same peace and love that he did back in 1984. On a weekly basis, Pastor Dave is focused on helping the church staff and ministry leaders keep the mission and vision of The Harbor at the forefront of their minds and encouraging the church body to live authentically and love like Christ. Fun Fact: David is a published author! He penned Today Is My Favorite Day, along with its companion prayer book and workbook.
MIKE LARKIN: Men’s Ministry Coordinator
Mike Larkin serves as our Men’s Ministry Coordinator, and also one of the longest standing members of The Harbor Church! Growing up in an Italian family and serving in the restaurant industry before starting his own landscaping business, Mike has gleaned much from his interactions with the men he has met along the way: No matter what "image" a man presents to the world, we all need certain things. All men need a place where we can be "real”. All men need truth, support, encouragement, FOOD, and whether we know it or not, we need to develop our relationship with Jesus before we can develop our relationship with others. Mike is passionate about men’s ministries - don’t be afraid to stop him after a service and ask all about The Brotherhood!
ALEXUS ROCHA: Children’s Director & MOPS Coordinator
Alexus is our Children’s Director and MOPS Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating our annual children’s events (like VBS, Harvest Festival, and Christmas Eve programs) as well as leading our phenomenal team of volunteers who teach in our children’s ministry each week. Additionally, Alexus oversees our MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) ministry, which simply put, believes that better moms make a better world! As a young mother to her 2-year-old son, Ray. Alexus has a passion for both teaching children about Christ, as well as connecting moms together to embrace the journey of motherhood. Alexus and her husband Jacob have been married for four years.
ALEX CORN: Technology Director
Alex leads our technology department, which includes office and ministry production computer software. Each Sunday, Alex also leads a team of dedicated people who are responsible for our weekly service screen production, lights, and live webcasts. Outside of church, Alex is an accomplished and skilled programmer, who proudly obtained his undergraduate degree of University of South Florida (go Bulls!)
SAM MCKEOWN: Congregational Care & Prayer Pastor
Sam serves as both our Prayer Pastor and Congregational Care Pastor. Sam is passionate about prayer and leads our Monday morning Men’s prayer meeting, Wednesday evening prayer meeting, and prays over the church on Sunday mornings before the service. Outside of church, Sam is a John Maxwell Team Certified Speaker, Coach, and Trainer, as well as a Ramsey Preferred Coach. Together, Sam and his wife Rita stay busy with their 4 children, 7 grandchildren, 2 cats, and a dog!
DANIEL SOARES: Food Pantry Coordinator
Daniel serves as our Food Pantry Coordinator, overseeing the weekly operations that result in feeding almost 100 families in our community on a weekly basis. Originally from Brazil, Daniel moved to the United States due to his IT career with Geradu Steel. When not busy with the food pantry, Daniel and his wife, Rita, enjoy doting on their two adorable grandchildren. Fun Fact: Daniel is an avid soccer fan and can still hold his own on the pitch!
MARK MAIVILLE: Discipleship Pastor
Mark serves as our Discipleship Pastor. Becoming an ordained minister was a natural next step for Mark after serving as a trustee and elder for over 30 years. Mark is a graduate of Leto High School and the University of South Florida. Prior to retiring from his professional career in the IT industry, Mark held executive positions with GTE, Verizon, and Syniverse. Mark and his wife Faith, are former long-term officers and members of Covenant Riders (the Tampa chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist Association).
TIM RICHARDSON: Worship Leader
Tim leads our worship team, which includes our vocalists and band. Not only does Tim and his fabulous team of volunteers lead us in worship on Sunday mornings, but you can also find them leading worship at Celebrate Recovery on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm! Tim joins us with a heart, calling, and anointing for leading worship and praise, and has been following his calling since the young age of 10 years-old! Raised in Tampa, Tim has an extensive background as a musician, entertainer, producer, and businessman.
TONYA TOWNER: Human Resources & CR Director
Tonya has played an integral role in different areas of ministry here at The Harbor since 2000. However, it was in 2010 that she got involved with the Celebrate Recovery Ministry; at the end of 2014 she took over the running of this program along with her co-leader, Digger DiGiovanni. Each week Tonya oversees the facilitation of the CR ministry here at the Harbor, as well as managing the Human Resources department for the church. Fun Fact: I love cats and teaching them how to do tricks! (yes you can!) I also love to buy my grandkids gag gifts for their birthday or Christmas and watch them play sports, or make video dance crazes on Instagram with me.
KIM MCCOLLOUGH: Office Manager
Kim is our amazingly organized Office Manager! When you call the church office, don’t worry, you did not call the wrong number – Kim is from Mississippi and brought her accent with her! On a weekly basis, Kim oversees the church finances, organizes and plans women’s events, and manages church and staff operations for the church office. After graduating from Pensacola Christian College (where she majored in Accounting and Business Administration) Kim married Russell, and they have one daughter, Megan.