Harvest Community Church enters 2022 with new pastor


For The Madera Tribune

New Harvest Community Church Pastor Mike Souza.

 

After over two years of searching, Harvest Community Church is pleased to announce that it has hired a new full-time pastor.

Harvest is pleased to introduce to the Madera Community Pastor Mike Souza, his wife Becky and their daughter, Lacey.


Pastor Mike was born and raised in Concord, California. He has spent the last several years pastoring a church in the State of Washington. In 2014, Pastor Mike graduated with a Master of Divinity from George Fox Evangelical Seminary (now Portland Seminary). He also holds a Master of Spiritual Nurture and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Mars Hill Graduate School (now Seattle School of Psychology and Theology). He also holds undergraduate degrees from Denver Baptist Bible College and Colorado Christian University.


After pastoring a church in Washington for five years, Pastor Mike and his family decided it was time to move to Pastor Mike’s home state, California. That decision turned out to be wonderful news for Harvest Community Church. His enthusiasm for God and for making a difference in people’s lives was exactly what Harvest was looking for in a new Pastor.


Pastor Mike met his wife Becky in 1985 while both were attending Bible college. They were married in 1987. Becky is a Physician’s Assistant and quickly obtained employment working for one of St. Agnes’ family practice clinics in Clovis. Becky quickly became involved in Harvest Community Church. She is a member of the worship team.


Mike and Becky’s daughter Lacey is a very social and active teenager. Lacey’s passion is dance. Whether it is jazz, tap or clogging, Lacey’s face can light up a room when she is dancing. She is also involved in arts and crafts, practicing piano and learning a new language. She has even joined her mom on the worship team once.


Pastor Mike keeps active in CrossFit. He is even a Level 1 CrossFit instructor. As a family, Pastor Mike, Becky and Lacy spend time playing with their Golden Doodle, Takota, swimming and taking day trips to learn more about Madera County.


According to Pastor Mike, “I’d welcome the opportunity to meet with you and hear about your connection to Madera and your spiritual journey.”


The public can find Pastor Mike on Sundays at church or during his office hours Wednesday through Friday.


According to Harvest Community Church elder, Keith Rigby, “We at Harvest are excited about Pastor Mike and our future. We’d love to have you join us!”


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The Madera Tribune will be publishing a new feature to go with the Saturday edition highlighting pastors at different churches in Madera. To be featured, please send biographies, including a photo, to nancys@maderatribune.net.