On the first Sunday of October 2009, Phil and Jan Enloe heeded God's call to establish a church.
God had been grooming them for this call for many years.
The thought of establishing a church and pastoring had never crossed their minds through their
40 years of itinerant evangelism and ministeringaround the world.
God stopped them in their tracks with that heart stirring call.
After much prayer, council from spiritual people that they valued, and a release to those who they felt
they were accountable to, HARVEST CHAPEL of VENICE was launched.
Phil and Jan say, "We are still amazed at the people God has hand picked to be a part of the church family.
God has given us people from every walk of life and from so many denominational backgrounds."
Over the last twenty years they noticed a major change in the church, and that is in every kind and type of church.
It had dawned on the leadership of the "CHURCH" that the congregations were aging and the younger generation
was not attracted to the church. So, leaders decided to RE-FOCUS and target the youth.
That was a noble quest, but the Pendulum of Change swung so far to the young people that the older congregation
(who had been faithful, visionary and had sacrificed for years to build the building) were told that if they
didn't like the new direction of the church they could leave. So many were broken hearted and felt
betrayed. Sure, while some were against any change most were open to including an outreach to the younger
generation. However, the new direction did not include any form of worship, music or reverence that the
faithful seniors had grown to love. We notice that so many 50 plus saint of God received no consideration
and many just stop going to church at all. Our vision was an Interdenominational Heritage Church for
ALL AGES and we have experienced a steady growth over these three wonderful years.
After traveling and ministering in every kind of church and denomination,
they had discovered that there were people in all of them that loved God and one thing
in our lives that was missing was a loving church family.
All they had known for their entire ministry was travel, set up, minister,
tear down, travel and continue on the move, saying "Hello" and "Good bye" to the
greatest people on the face of the earth.