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Dr. Ava S. Harvey Sr. is the pastor of the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church of Brandon, Mississippi, and he is married to Mrs. Leslee B. Harvey; they have two children, Amari and Ava Jr.  Prior to entering full-time ministry, he worked in the Telecommunications industry.  


Pastor Harvey is a sought out speaker that annually frequents multiple revivals, conferences, and workshops.  He has also served as a seminary board member of the McKinley Theological Seminary; he has been a Keys-2-Life volunteer and Big Brother mentor for many years.


Pastor Harvey holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Jackson State University, a master of divinity degree from Wesley Biblical Seminary, and a doctor of ministry degree from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  In 2010 he was honored as Pastor of the Year by the Mississippi Gospel Music Awards, and in 2015 Pastor Harvey was given the prestigious HEADWAE Academic Excellence Award by the Mississippi State Legislature.


His passion for God and his love for the people of the Lord are his driving motivation.


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Milk, Manna, and Meat: 90 Days of Spiritual Nourishment

Becoming a Christian can be a powerful, life-altering experience, and it is the beginning of a journey that will encompass our entire lives both now and into eternity. So how do we sustain ourselves on this journey? Milk, Manna, and Meat has something for every Christian believer to feast upon, and whether you are new to the Christian faith or a seasoned believer in your walk, you can find nourishment for your soul. Author and pastor Dr. Ava S. Harvey Sr. shares a compilation of various biblical passages that he has used to encourage, uplift, and edify Christians, and Milk, Manna, and Meat covers topics that are central to the Christian faith and practice. With ninety profound blessings and lessons, Pastor Harvey is confident that this daily devotional can help any believer rekindle his or her passion for God while developing a deeper level of spiritual maturity. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled!

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