For I ordained the days ahead of you…
Brad was preparing to return home after serving his country as a United States Navy Deep Sea Diver when his path crossed with a fellow Navy man who would speak words that years later would bring a life changing experience to Brad. This young man said, "Jesus loves you” and then proceeded to tell Brad the gospel story.
Years later at the age of 27 after having been at a bar all night, Brad saw his life for what it was. Having overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and despair he drove back to his apartment where for three hours he paced the floor wondering what life was all about. He walked into his bedroom that early Sunday morning, fell on his knees, remembering what that young sailor had told him about Jesus years before and cried out, “Jesus if you are really there come into my life I trust in You as my Savior forgive me of my sins and start me over again.” Instantly he found a freedom he had never experienced, and a love he had never known. Brad was radically saved that night. He was a new man. He put off the old man and the old ways and immediately began to live all-out for Christ. "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17
Behold I will do a new thing...
Hours later on that Sunday morning, Brad woke up with a desire to go to church. He drove to a local church and joined, and immediately began to get involved. He realized after months of being a Christian that he was tired of having a "roller coaster" walk with Christ...feeling up one day and down the next. Brad grabbed a hold of prayer and began to pursue and seek after God. He made a personal commitment to live ALL-OUT for Him, since he had once lived all out for the world. Every morning he would drive up to his local church and spend time with God at Early Morning Prayer. This prayer time transformed his walk with Christ. Brad recalls always ending his prayers with, "God use me for something great!" God answered those prayers and in 1987 he was asked to be a part of the then world renowned evangelistic ministry The Power Team. Brad traveled with the team throughout the United States and abroad packing out coliseums as they performed feats of strength and shared their testimonies. Countless thousands came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior through these meetings, and hearing Brad's testimony of a life radically changed by Christ.
In 1990 after traveling three years on the road with The Power Team, Brad returned home to Monroe, Ohio to accept the position of Associate Pastor at his home church, Solid Rock Church. His responsibilities included birthing several ministries in the church that are still thriving today. Brad realizing the importance of discipling new believers developed and taught his 9-week discipleship course, "Building On The Rock," that is still being taught today. Brad also wrote, directed and created powerful productions/dramas with actors, costumes and props that would be performed as an evangelistic outreach during the Sunday and Wednesday worship services. These productions were so powerful that the Wednesday service attendance grew from several hundreds to close to a thousand people, and hundreds placed their faith and trust in Christ as their personal Savior. Suffice it to say that Brad still receives emails and Facebook messages from people whose lives were changed during his ministry time at his local church.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing…
In 1997 Brad returned to the evangelistic field as a member of The Power Team, but this time to be a Crusade Team Leader that led and handled the preaching at each outreach. While at a crusade at a local church in Carrollton, Texas he met Jana. Brad and Jana knew that God had divinely ordered their steps and married months later. Brad and Jana traveled with the team for a few years witnessing countless people coming to Christ. After traveling for a few years God birthed a ministry in their heart and directed their steps back home.
For I know the plans I have for you...
In 2000, Brad Tuttle Ministries and Team Xtreme were birthed and continue to this day. Brad and Jana since then have traveled all over North, South and Central America, Cuba, Great Britain, Wales and Africa bringing the powerful message of Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the cross to tens of thousands of people, encouraging them to live ALL-OUT for God.
In 2007, the Lord placed a desire in Brad and Jana to plant a church. In June of 2007, Brad and Jana held their first church service in their living room in Lewisville, Texas. The Harvest Church International is the product of a faith-filled couple sensing the leading of the Holy Spirit, and being obedient to His direction.
God has divinely placed them in Highland Village, Texas where they are currently holding their Sunday worship service at Briarhill Middle School. Their step of faith in 2007 has been such a blessed journey. Through THCI marriages have been mended, the lost have been saved, disciples have been formed, children and youth have been taught God's Word, and the Kingdom of God has been enhanced.
All of this has happened because a young man was transformed by the power of God's forgiveness...who then began to live ALL-OUT for God and never looked back...who then met a young lady who loved God with all of her heart...who then together devotedly followed the leading of the Spirit of God to go around the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ, who then said, "Yes Lord we'll do that" and started a church that they passionately pastor and serve in together.
Brad and Jana learned the fundamental truth when you seek first His Kingdom, and His righteousness, all these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33