Gary Adams, Construction Manager & Adult Ministries Pastor, joined our staff in March 2012, after a 36-year career in the public sector as a City and County Administrator. Gary graduated from Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois. He and his wife, Ann, have two adult children and two grandchildren, one of which lives with them.
Paul Dean, Executive Director, has attended Harvest for over eight years serving as a deacon and teacher for Sunday school and the Oasis College ministry prior to joining our staff in 2005. In addition to his role as Business Administrator, he is serving as Men’s Ministry Director. Raised in a Christian home, Paul accepted Christ as Lord and Savior at age five. Paul earned his degree in Business Administration, and has taken numerous graduate level finance/business courses over the course of his 20-year business management career before coming to Harvest. Paul and his wife Cindy have one married son, two adult daughters, and two grandchildren.
Matt Drietz, Youth Ministries Pastor, came to Harvest in 2002. He grew up in Minnesota where through his teen and college years he worked in camping ministries. It was while working at camp at the age of 16 that he received his call to ministry and developed a deep love and passion for young people. Matt attended Oak Hills Christian College and earned his B. A. in Youth Ministry, and even better, met and married the love of his life, Amanda. Matt enjoys serving at Harvest and loves spending time with Amanda and their six children.
Mickey Farlow, Pastor of Care, came to the church in May of 2013. Mickey’s heart and passion at the church is outreach and pastoral care. He grew up on a farm near Camp Point, Illinois and at the age of six received Christ as his personal Savior. Pastor Mickey graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College in Iowa, Cedarville University in Ohio, received his Master of Ministry from Baptist Bible Seminary in Pennsylvania, and completed training at the Lafayette Counseling Center in Indiana. He has served as associate pastor in three churches and senior pastor in two churches prior to coming to Harvest. Mickey and his wife Joyce have three children and seven grandchildren.
Rollie Lindstrom, Pastor of Worship, began serving in 1999 as part-time Pastor of Worship at Harvest, then joined the staff full-time in 2006. He also served as Minister of Worship in Tucson, AZ, Executive Director of the Moody Alumni Association at Moody Bible Institute and as Executive Director of the Christian Youth Center in Joliet. Rollie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music from Moody Bible Institute and Master of Church Music degree from Western Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Oregon. Rollie and his wife Sandi have one son at home and two married children, three grandchildren, and two dogs (and two grand-dogs).
Bill Maroney, Director of Children, Youth & College Ministries, has been at Harvest since 2001. He and his wife Julie started serving in Harvest Children Ministries in 2002. They’ve been involved in teaching Sunday school, AWANA, children’s church and Vacation Bible School. Bill joined the Harvest staff in 2007, after a 20-year career at Metlife in finance management. Bill came to know the Lord as his Savior in his early 20′s. He and Julie have two children at home, a married daughter and two grandchildren.
Scott Poling, Senior Pastor, came to the church in the Spring of 1995. Scott’s heart and passion at the church is for preaching, evangelism, and leadership. He grew up in and around Ocean City, NJ and at the age of 17 came to faith in Christ. Pastor Scott graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio and received his Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas. Scott and his wife Carla have five children. Scott enjoys trail running with his dog, a good fire in the fireplace and spending time outdoors in God’s creation.
Lynn Schilling, Director of Celebrate Recovery, started attending Harvest in 1998, and came on staff in 2000. She has served as Director for Celebrate Recovery since 2003 and with Celebrate Recovery regionally. Lynn came to know Christ at age 35 and loves to share her story of hope and a changed life with those who are struggling. Lynn is the Office Manager for Harvest and has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
Laura Torres, Director of Early Childhood Ministries, and her family came to Harvest after meeting Pastor Scott, who was canvassing through their subdivision one Saturday morning in 1997. Laura joined the staff in 2002. Laura asked Christ to be her Savior when she was eight years old, and was raised in a loving Christian home with parents who were involved in children’s programs for many years. She holds a B. S. from Western Illinois University and took an Advanced Studies Program from Moody Bible Institute. Laura and her husband Tony have two adult daughters, a married daughter, and twin grandsons.