this is Joel Smith. we’ve been friends for a long time. with one life to live there’s people you know were chosen to walk beside you through the valleys and across the high places. that is family, not friendship. for the past 13yrs we’ve worked at Harvest together and i can truly say that we’ve probably spent more time deepening our friendship outside of work than in time spent at the office. He’s a tower of humility and hard work. He loves God and serving His church. He’s a tireless servant, husband and father. He’s the best friend a guy could have and i won. so today as Joel moves on to a new exciting opportunity i’m sad my brother of 13yrs is not just down the corridor, but so so thankful that the roots of friends who become family are formed and reach far beyond that. Cheers to you my friend. Best days ahead. [i love what Joel wrote in our all staff email. it reflects the heart of who he is... ]. As I look back over my last thirteen years on staff, my heart is filled with thankfulness and joy for the front row seat I have had to witness people’s lives changed by the proclamation of God’s word. The countless relationships, the developing of my skillset and leadership, the continual drive towards excellence, and the way my family and I have been cared for are some of the significant blessings Harvest and Walk in the Word have bestowed on me. I’m grateful to continue attending Harvest with my family and to serve in various capacities as we cheer on and support Harvest and Walk in the Word from a different perspective. I’m thankful for how I’ve seen the Lord work in my time on staff and am expectant for the mighty ways He will work in the future of Harvest and Walk in the Word.