Elder Vernon R. Kemp is Senior Pastor and Founder of GREATER HARVEST CHRISTIAN CENTER Church of God in Christ, located in Bakersfield, California. He is also the Founder of the Southern Central Fellowship. He has been married to Vicki L. Kemp for 25 years. God has blessed them with five gifted and anointed children.
His passion for ministry, operative in the spirit of excellence with a kingdom agenda, has laid the foundation for other ministries to develop.
The primary focus is to be a word teaching, and preaching ministry that supports and encourages the building of the family; furthermore to be a ministry that promotes spiritual growth, as well as natural growth, in pursuit of excellence in ministry.
The goal is to reach the lost by any means necessary with the determination to be a ministry that promotes Evangelism and Biblical Education in the studying of God’s Word.
Elder Vernon Kemp attended Fresno City College, Canyon Hills Bible College, and St. Paul Baptist Seminary Bible Institute where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Theology, and is in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Psychology.
Elder Kemp served as Senior Administrative Assistant, appointed by Emeritus Bishop W.W. Hamilton Prelate of the California Northwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction for the Southern Region. Pastor Kemp also served on the Executive & Trustee Board, as well as the Interim President for the California Northwest Youth Department.
On October 3, 2016 Elder Vernon R. Kemp was appointed by Bishop Elijah Hankerson (International President of the COGIC Evangelism) to serve on the International Department of Evangelism as Regional President of Region #4 (Northern California). He now serves as a District Superintendent in the Nor Cal Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction under the leadership of Bishop J.W Macklin, Prelate, 2nd Presiding Bishop of the Churches Of God In Christ.
Elder Kemp was awarded Community Recognition from the Bakersfield City School District Board of Education for his commitment and support of public education. In addition to several recognitions, he also received recognition from Project B.E.S.T. (Black Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching) for young African-American males and is the recipient of the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce Faith-Based Organization, awarded in 2015. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Kern County NAACP Award for “Pastor of the Year”.
Elder Kemp has great concern for the community and leads Greater Harvest Christian Center as a designated Church of God in Christ Urban Initiative certified church that focuses on the community’s Economic Development, Education, Financial Literacy, Family Life, and Crime Prevention. He also provides opportunities to people around the world partnering with the organization such as Save Africa’s Children and Feed The Children.
Senior Pastor Vernon Kemp is uniquely gifted at blending styles of worship from the very contemporary and urban down to the traditional without sacrificing one for the other. It has resulted in a church that is built around a unique diversity from various age groups and cultures who all gather together in celebrative worship.
The Harvest Family is comprised of Real People, Real Relationships, Real Life. Addressing the needs of individuals and planting the seeds for a secure future.