The Press-Enterprise | Riverside’s Harvest Christian School marks 35 years

Children are back in class at Riverside’s Harvest Christian School, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, welcomed parents and students recently by leading a prayer the first day of school, Wednesday, Sept. 6.

The Riverside-based Harvest is one of the nation’s largest churches. Laurie also founded the Harvest Crusades.

The school began in 1982 with a small staff and fewer than 50 students who learned in trailers, according to the school. A school building was erected about five years later. The campus is now one of the largest private elementary schools in the Inland area and has about 530 students. It has two computer labs, a gymnasium and a field.

“I’m so blessed to be a part of the vision that God gave Pastor Greg 35 years ago,” Forrest Rickard, the school’s pastor/principal, said in a statement. “We look forward to carrying on that vision for 35 plus more years.”

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