The Lord directed Mike into Christian Camping as a result of a work related injury in 1986. God brought him to a place where he was able to use all his previous work experiences in service to Him.
In 1987, Mike joined the staff at Fort Wilderness as Head Wrangler in their horsemanship program. Over eight years, his responsibilities broadened to include leading worship and planning programs. The Lord also gave him a partner in ministry – he met and married his wife, Becky.
In 1995, the Lord led them to another ministry in central Wisconsin, Camp Forest Springs. Here his responsibilities expanded to include overseeing food service, stores, first aid, adventure ministries, and outdoor education. Over time, he also became responsible for overseeing the summer counselors and hiring seasonal staff.
The vision for Harvest Home Farm was developed out of these years of ministry experience and a desire to serve and encourage families through a farm environment with the ministry of the Gospel.
Mike and Becky have been married for 21 years and have four children.
Dr. Larry Guthrie officially transitioned to full time staff at Harvest Home Farm on July 2007, from the Director of Educational Ministries at Camp Forest Springs in Westboro, Wisconsin. His primary responsibility there was the Leadership Training and Development Program. He was also involved in developing curriculum for family camps, youth camps, and follow-up ministries.
At Harvest Home Farm, Larry is responsible for teaching and developing curriculum for the Farm School.
Larry is a former research assistant and writer for the Institute in Basic Life Principles. He has worked on such publications as “Character Sketches” volumes III and IV and the “Eagle Story.” He also wrote science and medical curriculum materials for the Institute’s home education program, The Advanced Training Institute of America. Dr. Guthrie is the former director of the Children’s Institute which offers character training and instruction in basic Biblical principles to children ages 6-12. Over the past 10 years, these week-long children’s seminars have enrolled over 175,000 children in 50 cities and 8 foreign countries. Dr. Guthrie also served as Director of Curriculum Development for Character First! Ed. a national non-profit character training program for public schools with headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Dr. Larry Guthrie is a graduate of the University of Illinois and taught seven years as a public school science teacher before becoming a Professor of Education at Indiana University Northwest.
Larry and his wife Lois have been married for over 40 years and have two married children and seven grandchildren.