From 1996 to 2005, Wes served as a Youth Pastor at churches in Kansas and Missouri.

He was the Executive Pastor at Palm Valley Church, in Mission, Texas from 2005 until becoming the Lead Pastor at Harvest Chapel in late 2007. 

Wes has a passion for God's Word and for God's people. He and his wife Danette are happily married and thoroughly enjoy raising their three girls Madison, Lexi, and Piper.


Joe and his wife Jolee have three children, Jason, Levi, and Jovie.

He has served as a missionary and pastor since 2002 and has been at Harvest Chapel since 2008.  Joe loves helping people find their sweet spot and fulfilling God's plan for their lives.


DEREK JOHNSEN | connections pastor

Derek and his wife, Rachel, have served in ministry for 12 years. They were part of Master's Commission in Mission, Texas where they trained for full time church ministry and were involved in missions.

After completing their internship with Master's Commission, Derek became youth pastor at Palm Valley Church and they were married in 2005. A couple of years later they moved to San Antonio, Texas and served as youth pastors for 6 years, before joining the staff at Harvest Chapel.

Derek and Rachel live in Somonauk with their three children, Fenix, Simeon and Vivian. Derek is all about people! He has a gift for building up the body of Christ through relationships.


Scott Degroot| youth pastor

Scott grew up in Sandwich and graduated from Sandwich High School.  During his Sophomore year he met Jesus at Harvest Chapel in our youth ministry.  After graduation, he served as a youth leader and served on our worship teams as well. From there he went on to study in a ministry school and then served as a youth pastor and worship leader at churches in IL and FL. Scott & his wife Catherine are passionate about leading students into a deeper relationship with Christ.


SHAYNE STODDARD | elementary pastor

Shayne grew up in Somonauk, attending Harvest since 2001, and has been on staff since 2015. He loves working with kids and preteens and is passionate about helping them realize their purpose and worth in Jesus. Shayne and his wife Megan believe in God's purpose for families, and have a little one of their own named Judah.


EMILY PRENTICE | early childhood pastor

Emily began attending Harvest Chapel in 2009 as a senior in Mosaic. After college, she returned to Harvest and became a member in 2014. In early 2016, she joined the Harvest Chapel Staff as the Infant - Pre K Director.

Emily has a heart for serving the family as a whole. While her main focus is on preschoolers and babies, she believes in the importance of connecting the whole family to church. While our little ones are busy creating, learning, and having fun, her hope is that the rest of the family is better able to enjoy church and get connected with other attenders.