A call from God to change lives and impact the world was present in 1995, when Lyle and Deborah Dukes, along with their daughter Brittany, held the first service in Woodbridge, Virginia for the Harvest Life Church. There were no members as they began in a classroom of a local high school. The Dukes began reaching out to the surrounding community – meeting people in grocery stores, at car washes and passing out flyers in neighborhoods to reach people for Jesus Christ.
Harvest has since grown into a vibrant purpose-driven ministry with a vision to save souls, empower people to change and become Reach Leaders Disciples through the power of Jesus Christ. At the heart of the ministry is the “Culture of Reaching”. It’s people that commit their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ and then, in turn, reach others for Him.
Harvest has experienced tremendous growth in ministry and has been blessed with countless opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with millions of people around the globe. Over the past several years, the local church membership has increased to thousands.
In 2001, Harvest purchased its current facility on Telegraph Road for five million dollars. This worship center was paid off in three years. We currently have over 100 ministries designed to meet the needs of men, women, children and teens, young adults, seniors, as well as singles and married couples.
Our Community Reach efforts include our annual School Supply Drive, Coat Drive, Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless within our community, a Christmas Toy Drive, as well as a vibrant and thriving Prison Ministry.
Additionally, our World Reach efforts include extensive missions work in Africa, Haiti, India and other regions across the globe. Our 2,000-seat Harvest Conference Center, located in Nakuru, Kenya, ministers to thousands each week. With our partner, Christian Outreach Ministries of Kenya, the center serves as a headquarters for counseling, pastoral training, food distribution and quarterly conferences. We also have plans to build a much-needed medical facility in Kenya.
We are currently in full construction of our new state-of-the-art 204,000 square foot worship center featuring a 4,000 seat sanctuary, large parking lots, a chapel, a gymnasium, a food court, a children’s area, classrooms, offices and so much more.
Held first service at Potomac High School in Woodbridge, VA in January. Had Grand Opening on March 26th and the official Pastoral Installation Service was held in July 1995, officiated by Bishop Rufus Hayes. Implemented weekly outreaches to win souls for Christ.
Began television broadcast locally on cable access channels in Prince William County, VA, Fairfax County, VA, and in Washington, D.C. along with commercials inviting the community to our worship services.
Purchased former furniture store on Telegraph Road in Woodbridge, VA. Began renovations on our new facility.
Cut ribbon and moved into our new, five million dollar facility. Held dedication services throughout the month of October 2001. Started broadcasting internationally via television on The Inspirational Network (INSP). Hosted the Nation’s Capital’s Commemoration for 9/11 at the Hylton Memorial Chapel – over 7,000 in attendance. Recorded and released first choir CD project for national distribution.
Paid off Telegraph Road church in (three years) during New Year’s Service. Recorded and released second choir CD project for national distribution. Debuted in the national top twenty (Billboard). Professional music video began airing on national networks’ gospel video programs. Sent more than $100,000 in assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Constructed and developed three full service Christian bookstores – two of the stores in local malls. Broke ground on new construction project in Kenya, Africa.
Completed and dedicated 2,000-seat Harvest Conference Center in Nakuru, Kenya. Broke ground on Neabsco Mills Road for new location of the Harvest Life Church. Began site work.
God is preparing us for a greater level as we work with our members, partners and friends of the ministry, to bring the vision of our new worship center into reality.
The new state-of-the-art, 204,000 square foot building features a 4,000-seat sanctuary, large parking lots, Harvest Central gathering area, a grand foyer, an Event Center, a Community Reach Center, a state-of-the-art Youth Reach center, a food court, a children’s area, classrooms, offices and so much more.
New ministry programs, employment opportunities and more are going to be released in the new building — things we’re not able to do in our current building due to limited space!
As we embrace the next set of spiritual objectives, we believe that God will guide us as we continue to seek the Kingdom first (Matthew 6:33).
In 2020, Bishop and Pastor Deborah founded Churches United, a global organization designed to empower and unite churches. Churches United has more than 400 church congregations around the world, including United States, Europe and Africa. Bishop Lyle Dukes serves as the Presiding Bishop and Pastor Deborah Dukes serves as the Executive Director.