Zak Graves -Students and Young Adults Pastor


zakwebNEWPASTORIn 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 hold a Masters in Organizational Leadership along with two Bachelor Degrees (Bible and Theology & Pastoral Ministry) and two Associate Degrees. 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 Chick-fil-A for over 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 found doing a wide array of activities: Spending time with my wife, reading, writing, drawing, watching a favorite TV series, playing guitar, visiting a coffee shop to do some brainstorming, learning a new concept or craft, or playing a game with friends and family.

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?

Having completed grad school for leadership, I want to focus more on the biblical studies component of my role. Increasing my Greek and Hebrew comprehension is one element of this, as well as increasing my intake from other bible scholars through reading and listening to sermons and lectures. Tangibly, in five years I would like to be able to translate nearly any passage from scripture and have a more thorough understanding of nearly every element of core, biblical doctrine.

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.