Who We Are & Where We Come From

          Harvest Presbyterian Church is an inter-generational fellowship committed to loving God and loving people. Many of our members are involved in community service clubs like Soroptimist, Rotary, Lions and Persephone. We are committed to impacting the world by participating in Operation Christmas Child (Shoeboxes) and Living Waters for the World clean water initiative. We collect food and money each month for our local food bank, where several of our members donate their time.

          We have a Women’s Bible Study each Friday at a member’s home. The Harvest men gather each Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. at the Starbucks on Hatch/Mitchell. Monday evenings 6:00 p.m. is our Prayer Meeting. The third Friday of the month at 6:00 p.m. is the meeting of the Harvest Mariners, who have a potluck meal, a guest speaker, and fellowship.

          The center of our life together is Jesus Christ. Politically we are Democrats, Independents and Republicans, and we take those seriously. But we take our common faith in Jesus Christ more seriously, and Jesus is the one who holds us together.

Harvest Presbyterian Church has been serving Ceres and surrounding communities since 1962. The congregation began worshiping in the American Legion Hall on 9th Street in Ceres. Land was purchased on Moffet Road, and a small sanctuary was constructed in 1964. An office building and a Christian Education wing were added in subsequent years. In the early 1990’s, our modern Worship Center was constructed with modular seating and video projection capability.


Pastor Jim Stochl has been serving us since July 2012. He and his wife, Beth moved to Ceres from Southern California, where they worked and served churches for 28 years. Originally from Minnesota, Pastor Jim’s faith journey began as a student at UC Davis and continued at UC Berkeley. He served for five years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Diablo Valley College, Cal State Hayward and San Jose State. He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1989 and served as solo pastor at Faith United Presbyterian Church in Highland Park, where he led the 40 person congregation in a $1 million seismic retrofit of their historical building. He served as Business Administrator at Arcadia Presbyterian Church for six years, and then served several interim pastor positions. He taught Luke-Acts for 18 years at Azusa Pacific University as an Adjunct Lecturer in New Testament, and led hundreds of students through Mark Manuscript studies at Campus by the Sea on Catalina Island. Jim is an ardent sports fan, living and dying with the 49ers, Giants and Warriors. Since both hips were replaced he has been committed to walking, last year walking over 3,000 miles. He and Beth have two grown children. Mark is an Aerospace Engineer in El Segundo. Rachel is a grad student at San Jose State in Justice Studies. They also have a white and black Cocker Spaniel named Dempsey.


Our mission is to live out the gospel as a church family and reach out to our community through Christ’s love.


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