Last night, former HBC Elder and Pastor of Finance and Operations, Jim Jodrey, approached The Elephant’s Debt with a request to post a formal statement on the website. As many long-time attenders may recall, in 2010, Jim Jodrey retired from his 15-year career with HBC, only to head north to Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where he took a position as the Associate Pastor of Harvest Community Church. What is interesting to note about Harvest Community Church is that it, too, once had a history with HBC. Back in the late 2000s, Senior Pastor Joe Martinez was shepherding a Harvest Bible Fellowship church plant when another local church approached him about the possibilities of a merger. For reasons of his own, Pastor Martinez chose to move forward with the merger, while at the same time leading his own congregation through the process of severing its ties with HBC.
Beyond highlighting significant passages in red, we offer Mr. Jodrey’s statement with no additional editorial comment:
It has been 3 ½ years since Brenda and I, our two sons and daughters-in-law left Harvest Bible Chapel. Although we went through a time of healing and sadness, we are not bitter and we have found much joy as we serve our Lord and Savior elsewhere.
My purpose for making this statement is to say that I have the highest respect for men of integrity like my friend Dave Corning, for Barry Slabaugh, Dan Marquardt, Scott Phelps and others who had the courage to take a stand for what is right.
Please pray for the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel. To those who are considering leaving Harvest let me say that there are many good churches out there. Most of them could use good people who follow their convictions and do the right thing. May God bless you in your decision and open the doors for you to serve the Lord. I’m encouraged from this line in the old hymn “This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget, that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet”.