David and Chera Whaley, Founders & Senior Pastors

Married in 1987, David and Chera felt called to the Treasure Valley, and pioneered Harvest Life Church in 1993.

A graduate from Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Pastor David shares an encouraging message from the scriptures that is relevant and easy to understand. His personal testimony with Jesus  is a source of hope to all people that no matter where you find yourself in life,  God is on your side and can help you overcome.
Raised as a “PK” (pastors kid), Pastor Chera began her personal relationship with Jesus at a very young age. She is still passionate about Jesus and about growing as an individual and as a leader. Her liberating message is one that enables people to rise above their old mindsets and to begin to be transformed into the person God created them to be.

David and Chera love bike riding, traveling and riding their motorcycle on a day off. Together they have traveled to more than 30 nations, teaching and preaching to leaders and congregations their inspiring message of grace.


Together we serve as part of the administrave team. We have been a part of Harvest Life Church for almost 15 years! We are passionate about building the culture of Harvest Life Church and want to see God's kindom and people flourish in their giftings.

Danny and Michelle Castro

Executive Pastors

Hello! We have been together since high school and have 5 beautiful kids. We are passionate about showing every child the love God has for them. We strive for every child to have a safe and comfortable environment while having fun learning about Jesus! We, along with our team, are so excited every service to take the Word of God and bring it down to a level that the kids are able to understand. It is a blessing and honor to be able to teach the future!

Christian and Ashley Salas

Nursery and Preschool Directors

We are so excited to be a part of a great team at HLC! We have been married 13 years and have 3 kids and a puppy! We want kids to learn about Jesus while having fun with friends in a safe and clean environment. We are passionate and intentional about the seeds we are planting in those who are truly the future of the world and the church! Wether it's through bible verses, worship, small group discussions, or skits, we want all children to be aware of God's love for them and others. Isaiah 55:11 is alive in our hearts!

Mike and Talena Fonseca

Kid's Church Directors

Hello! I am an alumni of Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia where I studied vocals and worship ministry. As the senior pastor's only daughter, I have been involved in many ministries in the church, but worship and the creative expression are my true passion. I believe in building a thriving community of creatives who love Jesus and are passionate about sharing that with the world!

Bethany Ortega

Worship and Creative Director