French translations of the pillars "Worship Christ," "Work for Christ," and "Walk with Christ" in the old building for the Training Center

French translations of the pillars "Worship Christ," "Work for Christ," and "Walk with Christ" in the old building for the Training Center

The Start

In 2017, the Haiti Initiative’s vision for spreading the Gospel in Haiti took its next steps. With the establishment of the Harvest Training Center (HTC) program on February 4th, the journey to train a new wave of indigenous pastors began. In 2016, Summit Point Church partnered with several organizations to create a pastoral training curriculum written completely in French. With the leadership of Pastor Abraham of Harvest Jacmel and the partnership with Senior Pastor Tim Harkness and Missions Pastor Steve McGinnis of Summit Point Church, the HTC's first class was confirmed.


Candidate Requirements

The HTC Pastors are indigenous to Haiti, have already had some type of seminary and formal training as well as practical ministry experience, and meet the character, competency, and alignment of Harvest. Other requirements include already having a location and core team established, so the HTC is merely training the men to launch what is already in motion. 

Left to right: Pastor Antoine (Cap Rouge), Pastor Abraham (Jacmel), and Pastor Renel (Montagne La Voûte)

Left to right: Pastor Antoine (Cap Rouge), Pastor Abraham (Jacmel), and Pastor Renel (Montagne La Voûte)


Pastor Tim (Summit Point Church) lectures as Pastor Abraham (Harvest Jacmel) translates

Pastor Tim (Summit Point Church) lectures as Pastor Abraham (Harvest Jacmel) translates

The Training

The men go through six modules in a 24-week training process, with two weeks of training followed by two weeks off. The six modules include:

  1. History of the Haiti Initiative/DNA/Pillars

  2. Sharpening Preaching/Hermeneutics

  3. Doctrinal Distinctions

  4. Leadership and Implementing Elders

  5. How to Plant and the Role of Pastors' Wives

  6. Worship, Assimilation, Kids Ministry, Recap


Summer 2017 graduation ceremony at Harvest Jacmel

Summer 2017 graduation ceremony at Harvest Jacmel

Graduating Classes

Summer 2017:

  • Jean Bonet – Harvest Jacmel Pastoral Staff

  • Matheus Noncent – Harvest Jacmel Pastoral Staff

  • Carnold Methelus – Harvest Lascahobas Church Planter

  • Nesly Alexis – Harvest Croix-des-Bouqets Church Planter

  • Jethro Souffrance – Harvest Cap-Haitien Church Planter


Pastor Venet, his son Asaph, and his wife Gabrielle

Pastor Venet, his son Asaph, and his wife Gabrielle

VEnet jean - HTC Director

Born and raised in Jacmel, Haiti, Pastor Venet has been instrumental in the Harvest Jacmel ministry, faithfully serving so it could be what it is today. He first became involved in ministry in the early 2000s when a member of his church asked for his help putting together worship song booklets. He also started cleaning the church before services and soon joined the kids’, students’, and worship ministries. In 2011, he was given responsibility for worship and communication. In 2012, he was ordained as a worship pastor, and in 2014 when the church transitioned to become Harvest Jacmel, he remained worship pastor and filled the role of youth pastor.

Venet now continues his role as worship pastor at Harvest Jacmel, and he also fills the role of Harvest Training Center Director. He works with the Haiti Initiative by managing all the files for potential candidates, as well as helping recruit and interview the candidates. In helping translate materials, teaching worship classes, keeping in touch with HTC graduates, and frequently visiting the new church plants, Venet is faithful in making sure the HTC and Haiti Initiative run smoothly.

Venet is grateful for his position, and he loves how God has involved him and his wife Gabrielle in growing the team and the church all for His glory.