Our foundation is
Our foundation is
To glorify God through the fulfillment
of the great commission
God is at work in his church, watch Mike and Gail's story at Harvest.
The Four Pillars sum up what Harvest Bible Chapel is all about.
Proclaiming the authority of
God’s Word without apology
(2 Timothy 4:2)
Lifting high the name of Jesus in worship
Believing firmly in the power of prayer
Sharing the good news of
Jesus Christ with boldness
2012 - Harvest Bible Chapel Traverse City
Harvest Bible Chapel of Traverse City started with God calling and directing a handful of people to be focused upon the biblical mandate for the church to “make disciples.” With a variety of church backgrounds, the group began meeting in homes on Sunday evenings. God began to grow the group by bringing people who were also sold out to the thought of intentionally growing in Christ. Built upon the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church,” the first worship service was held on April 8, 2012 and by God’s blessing the handful of people continue to grow into a vibrant church.
2000 - Harvest Bible Fellowship
In 2000, the Lord gave the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) a vision of planting 10 churches in 10 years. Burdened by the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20), they launched their first two Harvest plants in the Chicago suburbs of Glen Ellyn (2000) and Crystal Lake (2001). In 2002, God began to expand HBC’s planting efforts by causing groups of people to approach HBC about bringing the Harvest model of ministry to their communities. The unprecedented demand necessitated the development of Harvest Bible Fellowship (HBF), a separate not-for-profit organization that would oversee the Harvest planting efforts. God blessed the vision for church planting so much that HBF has now planted 66 churches in 10 years instead of 10 in 10 years! After the first three or four church plants, Harvest no longer had to target communities in which to start new churches. Instead, the communities began coming to Harvest asking for help to start new Harvest plants.
1988 - Harvest Bible Chapel (Rolling Meadows, Illinois)
In the summer of 1988, Dr. James MacDonald and 18 Christ-followers from 5 different churches came together in Rolling Meadows, IL with a vision for planting a life-changing church that would blend the unapologetic preaching of God’s Word, passionate contemporary worship, powerful prayer and the bold sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The first Harvest Bible Chapel launched in Rolling Meadows on September 18, 1988. Since then, it has grown to nearly 13,000 worshipers on six campuses.