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Ed Kerr and Jerry Williams at a 1988 concert.
Background information
Also known as Jerry Williams and Harvest
Origin Lindale, Texas
Genres Jesus Music
Contemporary Christian
Years active 1977–1995
Labels Everlasting Spring
Milk & Honey Records
Greentree Records
Benson Records
Former members
Jerry Williams
Ed Kerr
Paul Wilbur
Tommy Hoeser
Ben Ketting
Wes Aarum
Jeff Seighman
Jim Myer
Elisa Myer
Mike Coker

Harvest is the name of the Christian band founded in Lindale, Texas by Jerry Williams in 1977.[1] The vision of Harvest was to see 100 million people come to know Jesus Christ personally through the band's music ministry.[2]



Along with Jerry Williams, the original members of Harvest were Ed Kerr and Paul Wilbur - both music students.[2] Wilbur had met Williams at a church where Williams was the youth pastor, and Williams had been influential in Wilbur's decision to become a Christian.[3]

Ed Kerr was a mutual friend of both Williams and Wilbur.[3] The three men collaborated on the first two albums created by Harvest: Harvest and Morning Sun.

Later in 1981, Wilbur left Harvest and the group was reformed as a duo of Williams and Kerr.[1] Williams and Kerr were together for the production of many records, including It's Alright Now, Send Us to the World, Voices, Only the Overcomers, Give Them Back, Holy Fire and Carry On. In 1982 the magazine CCM took notice of the duo in its article, "A Bountiful Harvest."[4] The writer praised the group's vocal harmonies and was especially fond of the song "Because I Am" (found on the album It's Alright Now).[4]

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In 1988, it was the Discovery Broadcasting Network that took note of the band. The network recorded a live video of Harvest in concert. On the cover of the video, the network stated that Harvest averages "over 100 concerts a year,"[5] a large number of performances for any band.

By 1991, Ed Kerr left the group and Harvest became a five-player band led by Williams.[1] With various members,[1] Williams' band produced Let's Fight (For a Generation), Mighty River, and 41 Will Come. In 1992 the band went on an "Olympic and European Tour." They performed in Spain at the Barcelona Summer Olympics and at the Sevilla World Expo. Their tour also took them into Germany as part of Operation Mobilisation's "Love Europe" crusade. Harvest finished its tour with a performance in Holland.



Studio Albums

Everlasting Spring

  • 1979: Harvest

Milk & Honey Records

  • 1981: Morning Sun
  • 1982: It's Alright Now
  • 1983: Send Us to the World
  • 1984: Voices

Greentree Records

  • 1985: The Best of Harvest
  • 1986: Only the Overcomers
  • 1987: Give Them Back

Benson Records

  • 1988: Holy Fire
  • 1990: Carry On
  • 1991: The Early Works
  • 1991: Let's Fight (For a Generation)
  • 1993: Mighty River
  • 1995: 41 Will Come


  • 1987: A Call to Action
  • 1992: Let's Fight (For a Generation)

Christian Radio Hits

Album Song Year Position
It's Alright Now "Because I Am" 1982 8 [6]
"The Wedding Day" 24 [6]
"Behold God" 26 [6]
Send Us To The World "The Army of the Lord" 1984 1 [6]
"The Blood of the Lamb" 8 [6]
"If We Don't Believe" 12 [6]
Voices "On the Water" 1985 21 [6]
Only the Overcomers "Only the Overcomers" 1987 16 [6]
Give Them Back "All That is in Me" 10 [6]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d J. Warner Soditus (1993). "Jerry Williams and Harvest". The Lighthouse. 
  2. ^ a b Jerry Williams. (1992). The Best of The Early Works. [Cassette]. Benson Music Group. 
  3. ^ a b C.B.N (March 31, 2005). "The Watchman". 
  4. ^ a b C.A.B (1982). "A Bountiful Harvest". CCM. 
  5. ^ Jerry Williams and Ed Kerr. (1988). Harvest - In Concert. [VHS]. Discovery Broadcasting Network. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mark Allan Powell (2002). "Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music". Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.. 

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