In 2017, Harvest'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, Harvest Peoria 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 Harvest Peoria, the HTC's first class was confirmed.
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.
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:
History of Harvest and Harvest DNA
Leadership and Implementing Elders
How to Plant and the Role of Pastors' Wives
Worship, Assimilation, Kids Ministry, Recap
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
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 Harvest Haiti Initiative (HHI) 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 HHI 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.