15 December 2017


On the 22nd September 2012, The Harvesters will celebrate the landmark of forty years of gospel music ministry, with a special evening of reflection and thanks in The Ulster Temple, Belfast.

Formed back in 1972, it was under the leadership of the late David Ayling, Pastor of The Ulster Temple, that brothers David & Ronnie Morrison, along with friends George Ritchie and Trevor Kennedy, got together with two guitars and plenty of enthusiasm to form this close harmony quartet.

It was also back in 1972 that the group recorded their first gospel album entitled ‘Talking About The Love Of God’ on the Emerald recording label. This album was recorded on both vinyl and cassette! Since then, The Harvesters have, to date, recorded eight gospel music albums and have appeared in three gospel DVD’s.

Over the years, The Harvesters have toured extensively throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, singing in a wide range of venues from gospel meetings to concert halls, including the King’s Hall and The Waterfront in Belfast. They also had the pleasure of taking part in the U.T.V. gospel music series ‘Sing Out,’ which was broadcast both locally and internationally on various television networks.

The group has also had the privilege of being part of many gospel missions. They have shared platforms with great gospel preachers such as the late David Ayling, Reverend Sam Workman, Pastor Jimmy Ritchie and Dr. John Haggai, from the U.S.A., to name just a few.

raForty years is a long time to be singing and traveling, part-time, in a gospel music group but when asked about the level of commitment required The Harvesters say, “It has been and continues to be a joy to share the good news of the Gospel wherever we are invited. We have seen God do some amazing things in peoples lives and it is such a blessing and honour just to be a part of it.”

Being involved in the group has been a means of expanding ministries within the Body Of Christ. George Ritchie, who was a founder member of The Harvesters, has been pastoring in Carryduff Elim for several years now. Paul Gardiner, who was with the group for six years, is now touring with his own family as the gospel group ‘The Gardiner Family’.

Today, The Harvesters have chosen to channel the majority of their ministry time into charity concerts. Through these concert appearances, they have raised over £17,500 including CD sales. These proceeds, after being donated to Elim International Missions, have been used to drill fresh water bore-holes, in Africa. This has proven to be a very worthwhile project.

The vision for The Harvesters is to continue singing the greatest songs in the world, with the greatest message in the world, as well as raising funds and supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care, a charity which is close to the heart of the group after experiencing personally the dedication and tireless work of this amazing organisation.

The current line-up of The Harvesters consists of four vocalists. David Morrison (bass), Ronnie Morrison (baritone), Alex Robb (lead) and Robert Wilkin (tenor), with Philip Maxwell and Harry Compton as the group’s sound engineers.

Saturday 22nd September, at the Ulster Temple will be a ‘Harvesters Homecoming and Reunion’, as the group look back over forty years of gospel music ministry. All the original members and those who have been with the group, in some shape or form over the forty years, will be there.

Also attending will be, special guests who, throughout the period have sung and shared in Harvester’s concerts. There will be forty-year-old photos, video clips and a few surprises.

There are no tickets to be bought. Everyone is invited and a free-will offering in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care will be taken in support of the charity. The Homecoming and Reunion Celebration starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.30pm.