About

Greater Harvest Christian Church

Our

Mission

Our mission is to teach and proclaim the Word of God in our city, our nation, and throughout the world.

Our

Purpose

To teach, promote and impart foundational truths of God ~ make students of the Word of God ~ demonstrate the love and power of God ~ impact lives through media ministry, bringing this generation closer to God through relationship.

The

Vision

Our vision is to be word teaching and preaching ministry that supports and encourages the building of the family. Our aim is to reach the lost by any means necessary. We are determined to be a ministry that promotes Evangelism and Biblical Education in the studying of God’s word. Biblical knowledge would enable one to live a victorious Christian life in this present world. We strive to be a ministry that promotes spiritual growth, as well as natural growth, in pursuit of excellence in ministry.

John 4:34-38 KJV

What We

Believe

We Believe… The Bible to be the inspired and only infallible written Word of God.
II Peter 1:20; II Timothy 3:16

We affirm our faith

in God

We Believe…That there is One God, eternally existent in three Persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
I John 5:7

We affirm our faith

in the Blessed Hope

We Believe…In the Blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the church of God, which is in Christ at his return.
Titus 2:13; Hebrews 3:6

We affirm our faith

In Repentance & Salvation

We Believe…That the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance, faith in the precious Blood of Jesus Christ. We Believe that regeneration by the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
Matthew 4:17; Acts 3:19; Hebrews 9:11; Mark 1:8-9; Matthew 28:19; Titus 3:5, John 3:3-6

We affirm our faith

in Jesus Christ

We Believe…That the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer.
I Peter 2:24; Hebrews 9:11; Mark 1:8-9; Luke 7:22

We affirm our faith

in the Holy Ghost

We Believe…That the Baptism in the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.

We affirm our faith

in Sanctification

We Believe…That the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live Holy and separated life in this present world.
John 16; 13 Acts 1:8

Our

Bishop

Bishop Vernon R. Kemp

Bishop Vernon R. Kemp is the founder and visionary of Greater Harvest Christian Center Church which was launched in February 2001. Greater Harvest is elated to celebrate 23 years of excellence in ministry, under the leadership of Bishop Kemp. In October 2016, Bishop Kemp’s transformational leadership and obedience to the Lord lead him to establish the Southern Central Ecumenical Fellowship of Churches. Bishop Kemp is the 15th child born to the late Superintendent Dr. Roosevelt and Mother Maude E. Kemp. Bishop Kemp was raised under the tutelage of his father at Greater Evangelist Temple Church of God in Christ. On June 10th, 1995, Bishop Kemp received his Elder’s license from Bishop Warren S. Wilson, California Valley Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, and later received his Pastor’s license and was consecrated by Bishop W.W. Hamilton on March 9, 2002, where he served as an Administrative Assistant in the California Northwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.

While operating in the spirit of excellence with a kingdom agenda, Bishop Kemp’s passion for ministry has laid the foundation for other ministries to emerge. Bishop Kemp’s primary focus is to promote a word teaching preaching ministry that supports and encourages the building of the family.

His objective is to reach the lost by any means necessary with the determination to be a ministry that authenticates Evangelism and Biblical Education in the study of God’s Word.

Greater Harvest of Bakersfield Church Bishop Kemp sitting

Bishop Kemp earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology at Canyon Hills Bible College and St. Paul Baptist Seminary Bible Institute. Bishop Kemp was certified as a Professional Life Coach by the Life Coach Institute of Orange County.

Bishop Kemp has been married to Lady Vicki L. Kemp for 32 years. God has blessed Bishop and Lady Kemp with five 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. “For I know the plans and the thoughts that I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for peace and wellbeing and not for disaster to give your future and hope”. – Jeremiah 29.11 (AMP)

Our

Bishop

Bishop Vernon R. Kemp

Bishop Vernon R. Kemp is the founder and visionary of Greater Harvest Christian Center Church which was launched in February 2001. Greater Harvest is elated to celebrate 23 years of excellence in ministry, under the leadership of Bishop Kemp. In October 2016, Bishop Kemp’s transformational leadership and obedience to the Lord lead him to establish the Southern Central Ecumenical Fellowship of Churches. Bishop Kemp is the 15th child born to the late Superintendent Dr. Roosevelt and Mother Maude E. Kemp. Bishop Kemp was raised under the tutelage of his father at Greater Evangelist Temple Church of God in Christ. On June 10th, 1995, Bishop Kemp received his Elder’s license from Bishop Warren S. Wilson, California Valley Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, and later received his Pastor’s license and was consecrated by Bishop W.W. Hamilton on March 9, 2002, where he served as an Administrative Assistant in the California Northwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.

While operating in the spirit of excellence with a kingdom agenda, Bishop Kemp’s passion for ministry has laid the foundation for other ministries to emerge. Bishop Kemp’s primary focus is to promote a word teaching preaching ministry that supports and encourages the building of the family.

His objective is to reach the lost by any means necessary with the determination to be a ministry that authenticates Evangelism and Biblical Education in the study of God’s Word.

Bishop Kemp earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology at Canyon Hills Bible College and St. Paul Baptist Seminary Bible Institute. Bishop Kemp was certified as a Professional Life Coach by the Life Coach Institute of Orange County.

Bishop Kemp has been married to Lady Vicki L. Kemp for 32 years. God has blessed Bishop and Lady Kemp with five 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. “For I know the plans and the thoughts that I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for peace and wellbeing and not for disaster to give your future and hope”. – Jeremiah 29.11 (AMP)

Bishop Vernon R. Kemp’s

Community Recognitions

  • Co-Founder of Harvest of Hope Educational Services
  • Awarded Community Recognition from the Bakersfield City School District Board of Education for his commitment and support of public education
  • Received recognition from Project B.E.S.T. (Black Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching) for young African-American males
  • Recipient of the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce Faith-Based Organization, 2016 Kern County NAACP Award for “Pastor of the Year”
  • Serves as a member of the African American Board of Council of California State University Bakersfield
  • Board of Directors at the Historical Fox Theater of Bakersfield California

Connect with

Bishop Vernon R. Kemp

Our

Lady

Lady Vicki Lynne Kemp

Lady Vicki Lynne Kemp was born to the proud parents of the late Pastor Daniel and Evangelist Cora Jordan. She has been married to her friend, Bishop Vernon R. Kemp, for 31 years. Lady Kemp has gracefully and humbly served with her husband at Greater Harvest Christian Center for 21 years. God has blessed this union with innovative, gifted, and anointed children.

Lady Kemp serves as the Women’s Ministry Administrator; she has a passion for encouraging women to be stronger emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. She also provides leadership on the Board of Scholastic Education of Greater Harvest Christian Center where she devotes her time to developing educational strategies to help students win. She formerly served on the Board of Directors of Bakersfield Senior Center of Kern County.

Lady Kemp received her Evangelist License in December 2004. God has graced her to travel and minister the gospel of Jesus Christ. On August 1, 2018, Lady Kemp retired after 17 years as a full-time employee for Kern Regional Center in Bakersfield, CA where she served as a social worker for the special needs population of Kern County. Lady Kemp earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University Bakersfield in 1996.

Along with her spiritual accomplishments, Lady Kemp is the author of Better than Yesterday: Proverbs of a Woman’s Heart. This anointed book has been selected for inclusion in the permanent collection by the Library of Congress on November 21, 2018, which is one of the highest honors an author can achieve. Christian Living Books, Inc. also awarded her the distinction of Best-Selling Author. Her newly released book is entitled, “Grace In Deep Waters.” When life’s deep waters pull you under and threaten to drown you, reach for grace. This new release is also in inclusion in the Library of Congress on June 25, 2021.

Adding to her entrepreneurship, she is a ghostwriter, coach, and consultant for established and inspiring authors. You can connect with Lady Kemp and join the conversation on her Saving Our Sisters podcast listed as VickiLKemp’s Podcast, hosted on Deezer, Iheartradio, Apple Podcast, Amazon Music, Google Play, and Spotify. Through these podcasts and her weekly prayer on Facebook live entitled “Early Will I Seek Thee,” she empowers women to evolve and become better through prayer.

Lady Kemp is the co-founder of Harvest of Hope Educational Services, birthed on August 9, 2016. This educational component is a branch of Greater Harvest Christian Center. She has a kingdom agenda to reach lost souls for Christ while also challenging and empowering youth to be successful in education. Her unwavering faith, compassion, selflessness, and incessant prayers speak volumes about her character and epitomize an undeniable and genuine love for God and His people.

Lady Kemp’s favorite statement is:
“There is absolutely nothing too hard for our great God.”

Our

Lady

Lady Vicki Lynne Kemp

Lady Vicki Lynne Kemp was born to the proud parents of the late Pastor Daniel and Evangelist Cora Jordan. She has been married to her friend, Bishop Vernon R. Kemp, for 30 years. Lady Kemp has gracefully and humbly served with her husband at Greater Harvest Christian Center for 21 years. God has blessed this union with innovative, gifted, and anointed children.

Lady Kemp serves as the Women’s Ministry Administrator; she has a passion for encouraging women to be stronger emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. She also provides leadership on the Board of Scholastic Education of Greater Harvest Christian Center where she devotes her time to developing educational strategies to help students win. She formerly served on the Board of Directors of Bakersfield Senior Center of Kern County.

Lady Kemp received her Evangelist License in December 2004. God has graced her to travel and minister the gospel of Jesus Christ. On August 1, 2018, Lady Kemp retired after 17 years as a full-time employee for Kern Regional Center in Bakersfield, CA where she served as a social worker for the special needs population of Kern County. Lady Kemp earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University Bakersfield in 1996.

Along with her spiritual accomplishments, Lady Kemp is the author of Better than Yesterday: Proverbs of a Woman’s Heart. This anointed book has been selected for inclusion in the permanent collection by the Library of Congress on November 21, 2018, which is one of the highest honors an author can achieve. Christian Living Books, Inc. also awarded her the distinction of Best-Selling Author. Her newly released book is entitled, “Grace In Deep Waters.” When life’s deep waters pull you under and threaten to drown you, reach for grace. This new release is also in inclusion in the Library of Congress on June 25, 2021.

Adding to her entrepreneurship, she is a ghostwriter, coach, and consultant for established and inspiring authors. You can connect with Lady Kemp and join the conversation on her Saving Our Sisters podcast listed as VickiLKemp’s Podcast, hosted on Deezer, Iheartradio, Apple Podcast, Amazon Music, Google Play, and Spotify. Through these podcasts and her weekly prayer on Facebook live entitled “Early Will I Seek Thee,” she empowers women to evolve and become better through prayer.

Lady Kemp is the co-founder of Harvest of Hope Educational Services, birthed on August 9, 2016. This educational component is a branch of Greater Harvest Christian Center. She has a kingdom agenda to reach lost souls for Christ while also challenging and empowering youth to be successful in education. Her unwavering faith, compassion, selflessness, and incessant prayers speak volumes about her character and epitomize an undeniable and genuine love for God and His people.

Lady Kemp’s favorite statement is:
“There is absolutely nothing too hard for our great God.”

Connect with

Lady Kemp