Pastor Hayden Norris
Hayden grew up in upstate New York attending church and following tradition. It wasn’t until he was 25, however, that he came to know the Lord as his Lord and Savior while serving in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.
Before ministry, Hayden held many different jobs including a stint as a character actor at Walt Disney World. He had dreams of becoming an actor so he thought this would be his great break. God had other plans for him though, calling him to leave all that “glory” behind to serve in the military, go to seminary, work as Student Ministries pastor in Michigan, and in 2011 to plant Harvest Gainesville. After arriving in Florida to pastor a church in Micanopy and after much prayer and consultation with Harvest Bible Fellowship, the decision was made to move and re-plant the church in Gainesville as Harvest Bible Chapel Gainesville. With a passion to see others ignite a love for Jesus in their own personal lives, Hayden is driven to see lives changed by the power of Jesus.
Hayden enjoys taking his wife and two kids to Gator sporting events and also trying out new restaurants in the Gainesville area (we would love any suggestions you have). The passion of Hayden and Heather is to see people grow in their relationship with the Lord and to serve Him with the gifts that He has given them. Come join us at Harvest as we pursue the Savior together and point others to Him.
Jonathan has been a Gainesville resident nearly all of his life. He grew up in church and was saved at an early age. He attended college at Bob Jones University before returning to Gainesville to take over the family business. Jonathan and Monica are starting a local Safe Families ministry and also help the local Women’s Resource center. He and his wife have two children.
Jack graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984 with a bachelor‚Äôs degree in mechanical engineering. After college, he served 5 years as an officer in the United States Navy aboard a nuclear powered submarine. He is currently a professional engineer and has been working for Affiliated Engineers in Gainesville for over 20 years.
Jack, and his wife Kelly, have raised 4 children who are all now young adults.
Jack has served in the Harvest Gainesville church in many areas, and is currently an elder and leader of the assimilation ministry.
Paul was born and spent the first ten years if his life in Columbia, South America, while his parents were involved in missions with TEAM. He came to know Christ at the age of 5.
Paul has been an active servant for Christ since the age of twenty-one. He served as a youth director, two terms as a deacon, and has been an active leader in both prayer and men’s ministry. Paul has a real heart for evangelism and ministries of compassion and hopes to continue to serve those in need. He has been a member at Harvest Gainesville since its inception in August 2011.
Paul is the owner/operator of a small sign business. He and his wife have been married for more than 10 years and they have 2 young children together.
Cliff was born and raised in McIntosh, FL. After struggling with drugs and alcohol, Cliff came to Christ at the age of 32 and has been serving Christ in the Church since then. He and his wife Melissa have been married for over twenty years and have two girls.
In 1984, Cliff and his dad started a trailer manufacturing business where they make and repair boat trailers. He is also an avid hunter and fisherman.
Director of Music
Brandon graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Classical Studies with a focus in New Testament Greek. He now teaches Latin and Greek at Cornerstone Academy in Gainesville.¬†Brandon, his wife, Shelley, and their two sons reside in Northwest Gainesville.
Brandon has served the local Church for three years as a music director. His influences include Bob Kauflin (Sovereign Grace), Paul Baloche, and Andy Rozier (Harvest Bible Chapel, Elgin).
Brandon states, “I want to see peoples’ lives be changed through this ministry. What an opportunity we have each week to lead God’s people, with God’s Truth, by God’s strength, to come face-to-face with God’s glory. That is our goal: lifting high the name of Jesus in worship and helping people worship the Lord with their head and their heart.”