Pastor Vernon R. Kemp


Elder Vernon Kemp is Senior Pastor and Founder of GREATER HARVEST CHRISTIAN CENTER Church of God In Christ, located in Bakersfield, California. 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 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. He is currently a Senior Administrative Assistant to Bishop W.W. Hamilton of the California Northwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and serves on the Executive Board.

Pastor 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 recognition, he also received recognition from Project B.E.S.T. (Black Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching ) for young African-American males.

While he lives to bring souls to Christ, Pastor Kemp 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. He has been married to Lady Vicki L. Kemp for 21 years and God has blessed them with five wonderful, gifted and anointed children.

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.