VINCENT JOPLIN

Resident Church Planter | vincent@harvestmemphis.org

My Story

I was born in Willingboro NJ but raised much of my life in Texas. Spending many of my school years in the south and summers in the east quickly dismantled any recognizable accent. Like many living in the south or other Bible belt cultures I was exposed to church but absent of a true relationship with Christ. Relocating from Austin to Memphis in 1996 would put me face to face with the Savior and my own sinfulness. On the college campus of Lemoyne-Owen after many sovereign events by God, I submitted to Jesus and the call to ministry.

Three men intentionally helped develop my character, love for people and love for the Word of God. The first is who I affectionately call my spiritual father Dr. Kenneth Robinson, mentor Nevlynn Johnson and disciple maker Vince Gordon.

After entering ministry fulltime as an ordained minister I served on staff for non-profits and churches. These include organizations such as Young Life (Memphis, TN), Hearts and Homes for Youth (Gaithersburg, MD), Community Support Service (Rockville, MD), Round Oak Missionary Baptist Church (Silver Spring, MD), Saint Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church (Memphis, TN), and Agape Child & Family Services (Memphis, TN). I received a Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry from the former Crichton College/Victory University. I have a passion for Christ centered preaching/teaching with a strong missional focus towards the restoration of biblical manhood and marriage.

I am married to Larren who serves on Young Life staff and we have one daughter, Renee. Many people have asked me what led our family to join Harvest and I simply share with them the core values, which reflect my hearts desire for all churches. We absolutely love “real” New York Pizza and may need to start a Pizza Addiction Group. Feel free to contact me to hear more of my story.

My Hope for Harvest

My hope for Harvest Church is that we would love like Christ, look as diversified as heaven, and lead in disciple making alongside other disciple makers throughout our city and world.