Zak Graves - Director of Students and Young Adults


zakstaffIn your own words describe what you do here at Harvest.

I have the privilege and pleasure of leading the next generation of Believers at HBCS. I do this specifically by cultivating biblical literacy, leadership posture, and holistic faith integration within our Jr. High, Sr. High, and young adult ministries.

Why did you want to be on staff at Harvest?

Having resonated with Harvest’s mission and larger vision of multiplying disciples who worship Christ, walk with Christ, and work for Christ, I saw that my talents and skills could complement the staff currently working hard towards this vision.

What experience, education, and/or work background do you bring with you to Harvest?

Academically, I have two Associate Degrees (Social and Behavioral Sciences & Liberal Arts), two Bachelor Degrees (Bible and Theology & Pastoral Ministry), and am currently working on a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership. Experientially, I have been an Intern Jr. High Pastor for three years, a Youth Director for one year, and have served as an Executive Director for a Chick-fil-A for six years.

What are you most passionate about when it comes to ministry?

I have two primary passions, fostering disciples who are biblically equipped and fostering disciples who are sharpened leaders. Disciples must be able to read, interpret, and apply the Bible, all while leveraging their influence to serve and direct those whom they lead directly and indirectly.

What could we find you doing on your days off?

On my days off I can be caught doing a wide array of activities, some being: Reading, drawing, writing, watching a favorite TV series, playing guitar, visiting a coffee shop to do some brainstorming, learning a new concept or craft, adventuring or playing tabletop games with friends and family, or playing a video game.

What's one thing someone would be surprised to know about you?

I played Bass in a band, which produced an album, recorded a single, and played at Spirit West Coast Del Mar ’10.

What goals do you have for yourself over the next 5 years?

I want to complete my MA program and continue gleaning resources and experience in order to pastor a congregation and be a leadership consultant for my community.

What teachers/theologians have been influential in your life?

Out of the wide array of resources I continue to glean from, the most influential theological teachers have been Charles Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard, G.K. Chesterton, A.W. Tozer, and John Piper. As it pertains to leadership skills, the most influential have been Patrick Lencioni, Jim Collins, Dr. Henry Cloud, Ronald Heifetz, Marty Linsky, Simon Sinek, and the founders of Basecamp.

Want to get in contact with Zak? Email him here.