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Harvest Bridge

A new breed of nonprofit

Harvest Bridge equips indigenous Christian ministries in South Asia to serve more effectively, so that Christ will be glorified and individuals in these countries will have greater physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Harvest Bridge is a network of trusted indigenous churches and missionaries, cooperating on church planting, pastor education, poverty alleviation, disaster relief, and various other missionary and humanitarian programs.

We were founded and continue to grow with few worldly resources. The secret to our success is working through local churches and ministries in the countries where we serve. This leverages the passion, experience, and knowledge of local Christians and reduces the duplication of effort and resources. By God’s grace, this strategy has been very effective.

Children are being educated, families are being rescued from poverty, and Christ is being proclaimed!

The men and women we work with recognize the need for every person to hear the Gospel, whether they live in a village of 100 or a city of 10 million.

They know what it costs to follow Christ. They can honestly tell their own people that following Jesus is worth it. That it is worth being beaten, worth being denied basic necessities, worth being rejected by family. He is worth it.

Our Partners

Nearly all our missionaries experience some of form of persecution. Thanks to VOM, we are able to respond to beatings, imprisonment, and other persecution-related needs of our missionaries, as well as equip them to better advance the Gospel in hostile areas!  
Global Commission Partners provides monthly support for nearly 200 missionaries in our network. GCP works all over the world to provide support for indigenous missionaries. They've been a trusted partner from the very beginning!
UMCOR is a faithful partner in disaster relief. Their support equips our Asian partners to be first responders during disasters such as earthquakes and floods, and enables them to train communities in disaster response.
We've partnered with Samaritan's Purse to provide disaster relief in marginalized communities in India, as well as Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to children from poor families in Bangladesh.

We use Joshua Project's database to identify and gain information about unreached people groups (UPGs). We then share information from the ministry field, to keep JP updated.

Statement of Faith

I confess my trust in Jesus Christ, who paid to God the debt for all of my sins when he died on the cross in my place, who assures me that I belong to God, who watches over me at all times, and who has made me a part of his church so that with other Christians I can live all of life as thankful service to Him.

Read the full statement here


Financials 

 2016 Direct and Indirect Expenditures*: $449,907

  *Figures are approximate, pending official 2016 review by licensed CPA.

*Indirect expenditures consist of grants sent by HB's US-based partner agencies directly to our Asian partners overseas. These grants would not be approved without HB's guidance in project design, implementation and reporting.


Board of Directors

Austin Brownlee
Austin is a Qualified Pension Administrator with professional experience in accounting, finance, and direct mail advertising. He is also active in missions and volunteering with disadvantaged youth. 
George Van Pelt Campbell, Ph.D. (Secretary)
Van is an experienced pastor, author and professor at Grove City College. He has authored five books for Harvest Bridge's pastor education programs and serves as our Director of Pastor Training.
Frank T. Duda, Ph.D. 
Frank is a retired engineering professor and licensed Professional Engineer who is active in educational and humanitarian projects in Uganda and Ukraine. 
Evan Feinberg

Evan is an experienced leader in nonprofit management and social welfare causes. He is currently the Executive Director of Stand Together, which works to alleviate poverty and transform communities by supporting and equipping catalysts for social change. He previously served as the president of Generation Opportunity, a Millennial advocacy organization, and in various roles on Capitol Hill. Evan and his wife, Sarah, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, are active in their Northern Virginia community and serve as hosts to an Afghan refugee family.

Kim GarrettKim is the Co-Founder of Rooted Beauty, which was started to lift women out of extreme poverty through micro-grants generated by the sale of natural skincare products. She has extensive experience in marketing, brand management and social entrepreneurship.
Cedric Lewis, JD, MBA
Cedric is a corporate lawyer and an experienced businessman and entrepreneur, with a strong commitment to community and economic development. 
Timothy S. Mech, Ph.D. (President) 
Tim recently retired from his role as a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at Grove City College to focus on Harvest Bridge's work full-time. He is a co-founder of Deep Springs International, served as President of the Board of DSI, and is a member of its Advisory Council. His expertise is in poverty alleviation.
Alan Rice, Ph.D.Alan is an ordained pastor and a retired engineering professor who has trained pastors in Sudan and India. 
Nicole Stone, CPA (Treasurer)
Nicole is an accounting professor with over 15 years of business experience, culminating in her service as Controller for a firm with over $500 million in revenues. Nicole is also active as a parent and volunteer at her church.
Kim Taylor 
 A former military spouse and mother of two grown children, Kim is a gifted volunteer who provides vital services to Harvest Bridge by handling financial transactions, communicating with donors, and processing missionary information. 
Katrina Wolinski, MA
Katrina was a Director at Cardiff Software, and is currently a Board Member of Trans-African Educational Network. She has expertise in software design, technical writing, and management.


Asia Leaders

For security reasons, names of our country leaders have been withheld.

Pastor V. James Pandian (Asia Director & India Coordinator)Pastor James serves as our Asia Director, overseeing HB's network of partners. Over the past 40 years, he has helped plant dozens of churches and has led pastor training and discipleship programs throughout South Asia.
Bangladesh
Our leader in Bangladesh is the founder of an indigenous mission organization that has planted 29 churches and baptized over 3200 new followers of Jesus in just seven years. He has served in leadership with other international NGOs, gaining experience in missions and finance.
Bhutan
Working amid substantial opposition, our Bhutan coordinator leads a network of missionaries who have planted 11 branch churches and over 25 house churches throughout the country.
Myanmar
Our Myanmar leaders oversee church planting teams in five regions of the country, including areas affected by a long-running civil war. In addition to planting dozens of churches among unreached people groups, they have established two orphanages and an organization that advances the well-being of tribal people.
Nepal & Tibet
The leader of our partners in Nepal and Tibet oversees a team that has planted 70 churches in Nepal and 17 underground church gatherings in Tibet. He has been a leading coordinator of disaster relief efforts, especially after the April 2015 earthquake. He also serves in leadership with a large-scale seminary program for lay church leaders, in cooperation with several mission organizations.
Pakistan
Our Pakistan coordinator directs a ministry that planted 28 churches in nine years, operates a school, and coordinates numerous disaster relief and community development programs. He has worked as a translator of Christian literature and, with his wife, has adopted eight children in addition to their six biological children.
Sri Lanka
Our Sri Lankan leader and his father lead an organization with over 40 branch churches. Their ministry focuses on healing wounds caused by the nation's 26-year civil war, which ended in 2009, through Biblical counseling.