Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4(NIV)

Rev. Deborah E. Combs Rakos, PASTOR

Soon after fully accepting God’s amazing gift of grace, Rev. Debbie Rakos realized He was calling her into ministry.  She began studies at The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wynnewood PA in 1997 and graduated from Eastern Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity in May 2004.  Her studies included internships in the Good Shepherd Church in Bear DE and Monumental Baptist Church in Philadelphia, where Rev. Rakos was affirmed and licensed to preach the gospel in October of 2004.  Rev. Rakos was ordained and called to serve as Pastor of Faith Harvest Church in March of 2017.

Pastor Debbie describes her calling this way, “God has placed on my life, on my heart and stamped in red letters on my soul the call to preach truth – His Truth – with love and grace.  But there is more to speaking truth than just speaking it out.  It must be spoken in love, with grace, for that is how God has spoken it to us through Jesus Christ.  Sometimes the words are a comfort, at other times a challenge, but always spoken in love.  As a Minister I am called to represent Christ’s love and compassion for his people and to prepare them to do the same.”

  Throughout her education and ministry Rev. Rakos has been bi-vocational, having graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Engineering Science (Mechanics) in 1985.  She continues to work as a mechanical engineer with ST Hudson Engineers Inc., in Cherry Hill NJ.

Pastor Debbie’s husband Rod is a gifted artist.  Outside of the church, Pastor Debbie enjoys camping with Rod and the “kids” (their Chihuahuas: Bailey, Gracie, Tucker and Bearris), NASCAR, antique hunting, and crochet.

Worship Leader – Alex Randall

With over 25 years of experience, Alex has been leading Faith Harvest in worship music each Sunday.  His gift and skill at crafting music that communicates the Spirit of God creates an atmosphere for people to come and receive the Word.  Alex has been teaching private lessons under some of the best private teachers on the east coast ie, Joey D’Angelo (studied with  RICH FALCO), Peter Disquale (studied with JOE PASS) and Joe Stump.  Extensive research and information obtained from schools such as Berklee, Juliard, Atlantic Grove School, and GIT. He enjoys spending time with his fiancee Cheryl Burns and their pup!