Brian McGrath


Elder


  • bmcgrath@harvestniagara.ca

How do I put into words what Jesus Christ has done in my life?

I was born into a very privileged position, a son of loving Christian parents who loved the Lord and honored His word. I can’t remember the first time I heard the story of Jesus and His love for me.

I can’t count the number of times I ran from Jesus, resisting His call, rejecting His offer of forgiveness.

But Jesus Christ pursued me, giving me opportunity after opportunity, tugging at my heart, convicting me of sin in my life, urging me to surrender, demanding His rightful place in my heart and life. I was sixteen when His grace and mercy, His obedience to the father, His sinless sacrifice and His unconditional love for me finally broke through.

Jesus Christ opened my eyes to see the truth in His word – that He had shed His blood for me, that He had paid my debt when He died on the cross. He proved to me by His resurrection that the Father was completely satisfied with His sacrifice and that nothing – NOTHING – remained but to rest in His finished work, trust in Him and accept the free gift of eternal life that is found in Him alone.

Since that moment, He has always proved Himself faithful, even though I have not always given Him first place in my life. It has been in my darkest moments that He has guided, encouraged, comforted and sustained me the most.

My only wish is that I had trusted Him sooner, served Him better and loved Him more.

“And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:11-12

Grace and I started dating when we were teenagers and have been married (deliriously, happily married) since 1976. We have been through some dark times and struggles in those years, but God has been with us through it all and has blessed us with more joy than I could have imagined.

We have three wonderful children (Katherine, Kevin, and Allan), a son-in-law (Dave), two daughters-in-law (Katherine and Brie) and two delightful grandchildren (Serena, Cara, and Meredith). We are very proud of them all.

In mid-2005, the Lord led us to move to St. Catharines and we started attending Harvest Oakville in late 2006. We are constantly in awe at the Lord’s goodness and rejoice at what He is doing in hearts and lives at Oakville and elsewhere. His grace, His power and His glory are truly amazing!

We are thrilled that He has raised up a church to glorify His name in the Niagara region. We are looking to Him for wisdom and discernment as He continues to reveal His plans here.