We had the good fortune of connecting with Bishop Kevin Foreman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bishop Foreman, how do you think about risk?
HUGE!! The saying goes, no risk, no reward. Even as a man of God, faith is simply taking a risk based on a Divine conviction. Every major leap of progress, came from a major risk. You’ll never know you can walk on water unless you step out of the boat….that’s risky!!
I was a 12 year old kid talking about starting my own business enterprise and took a risk to get a loan from Young Americans Bank because I had a divine conviction that I was to call the shots & create opportunity for people. That bank still has my picture up from when I was just 12 and every entrepreneur of every race & background sees a young, African-American man as the source of inspiration for becoming an entrepreneur or whatever career path they choose.
I took a risk getting into ministry by calling the church office week after week until I got a call back just to audition as a drummer. When I started, I was horrible, but I took the risk to practice, while others did what other pre-teens did. I got better and began to eventually do more leading worship, building choirs and was eventually inducted into the Colorado Gospel Music Hall of Fame as both director of the year and years later, pastor of the year.
I took a risk starting a business while still in high school sacrificing my high school years to build what would eventually become one of the most successful African-American owned real estate finance brokerages in the area.
I later took a risk to start what would become Harvest Church, a non-denominational, life-giving, family-oriented, multicultural, multi-generational, Spirit-filled, Christian church for everyone. Denver is an area ranked 46/50 for lowest church attendance in the nation with little racial diversity only being 4% African-American….but that risk had paid off. Thousands of decisions have bene made to become Christians, we’ve given away 205,000+ pounds of food, 129,000+ articles of clothing, 3,570+ backpacks for students, 30 bikes for refugee women, 19,952+ toys for children, 3,152+ families have been adopted & $460,439 given to missions.
The best part is we’re just getting started. My next risk is expanding Harvest Church to Atlanta and I believe it’s going to change many lives!!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Known as an “The People’s Bishop”, I’m a shepherd that loves those he leads. I’m multi-dimensional & have devoted my life to changing lives. I spent my formative years in an area riddled with the plight that often accompanies the inner-city. From humble beginnings, through God’s amazing grace, I’ve defied statistics & transcended superficial boundaries. Today, I’m honored to be an influential pastor, successful church planter, bishop, success coach, in-demand speaker, author, philanthropist & entrepreneur. I’m Founder and Chancellor of Harvest Bible College. Pioneering #FitHarvest to promote healthy living in the Harvest movement, I’ve recently celebrated successfully shedding over 95 pounds through simple, yet powerful lifestyle changes. This is a testament to God’s desire for us to walk in His “shalom”, where nothing is missing, nothing is lacking, nothing is broken & all is well.
2003 – Inducted into the Colorado Gospel Music Hall of Fame
2007 – Named One of Colorado’s Most Influential African-Americans by the Denver Urban Spectrum
2009 – October 16th declared as “Bishop Kevin Foreman Day” in the city of Denver by Mayor John Hickenlooper
2016 – October 16th declared as “Bishop Kevin Foreman Day” in the city of Aurora by Mayor Steve Hogan
2019 – Appointed to the Executive Board of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance
2020 – Named Colorado’s Pastor of the Year by the Colorado Gospel Music Academy
As an author, Bishop Foreman has written five books including: “Making Money Moves: The Art of Getting Your Finances in Order”, “Living in Favor Everyday,” a fifty-two week spiritual devotional, “Sins of the Fathers: Breaking Generational Curses” & “Evolutionaries.”
As an in-demand & internationally traveled speaker, panelist, and featured guest in both sacred and secular venues, Bishop Foreman has the unique ability to relate to audiences of all pedigrees at churches, schools & colleges, businesses, trade organizations, and amongst leading executives.
Believing that “we don’t work to make a living, but rather live to make a giving,” in 2008, Bishop Foreman launched the Harvest Foundation, which meets practical needs through community events like the annual Back to School Sunday, which has served several thousand families with backpacks full of school supplies, free food, free clothing, free haircuts, free dental supplies, and more ensuring that every student in the community returns to school equipped with what they need to excel. Forging strategic partnerships with major corporations and other community organizations, Foreman & Harvest are known to be community transformers having given away over 204,000+ pounds of food, 129,000+ articles of clothing, 3,570+ backpacks for students, 30 bikes for refugee women, 19,952+ toys for children, also 3,127+ families have been adopted & $451,371 given to missions.
THE CHURCH PLANTER
Described by his peers as an optimistic, compassionate, hard-working, integral, and approachable leader, in May of 2006, Bishop Foreman founded Harvest to be a church that is passionate about changing lives. As a result, Harvest Church is a thriving, progressive, multi-cultural, multi-generational, non-denominational church that was planted from scratch with no financial benefactor or outside support whatsoever in a region of America often referred to as the “church planter’s graveyard.”
In vocational ministry for over fourteen years, Bishop Foreman has become renowned for his bold, down-to-earth, practical, and humorous approach to presenting the Gospel, which makes the Bible easy to understand for all ages and backgrounds. Bishop Foreman is regarded as a fresh, engaging, and prolific voice of hope and transformation. His riveting and revelatory messages reach masses around the globe through a multitude of media platforms. Bishop boldly tackles taboo issues and makes them approachable and takes complex subjects and makes them easy for everyone to understand.
As a rare, natural-born leader, a cornerstone of Bishop’s life is his zeal to invest in others. In 2006, he was chosen by a group of his peers to serve as a bishop, which is a pastor to pastors. In 2009, he was chosen to serve as the presiding bishop to a group of pastors that sought his consistent & proven leadership. Today, he invests in senior pastors and senior leaders through the Harvest Leadership Network. Bishop is also a member of the International Communion of Charismatic Churches, which represents over six thousand ministries with over three hundred bishops on six continents.
Entrepreneurialism has been in the veins of Bishop Foreman since pioneering his first business as an adolescent. Bishop Foreman has been a job creator & innovator in a plethora of industries and knows how to turn nothing into something significant & successful.
THE SUCCESS COACH
Even greats like Michael Jordan have coaches to help them reach the zenith of their potential. In addition to his commitment to changing lives for God’s glory, despite a full schedule, Bishop still makes himself available for one-on-one mentorship in life, spirituality, pre-marital, relationships & church/executive leadership through Coaching Sessions.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Two words – Mary Mac’s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, without question, God. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. I’ve done what I’ve done by God’s grace and I’m still just getting started and have so much more to do.
Secondly, my mother has always been an amazing inspiration of resilience, tenacity & triumph. My grandmother, who for years was like my side-kick in handling family business. My grandfather, a man who never met a problem he couldn’t solve.
Last and not least, men of God who often, through their example allowed me to see a pattern of follow.
Oh, and my Judases. Everything that hurt me deepest, actually helped me most.
So many names I could call, but suffice it to say, I’m grateful for those who’ve believed in me, supported me & have been loyal to me.