OUR HISTORY
 

Birth of Harvest Bible Chapel – September 18, 1988

A group of eighteen people from across the northwest suburbs of Chicago joined together to form a new church. These people had a vision for proclaiming the authority of the Word of God without apology, for lifting high the name of Jesus through worship, for believing firmly in powerful prayer, and for sharing Jesus with boldness. Harvest Bible Chapel was born on this date with twenty-seven-year-old James Macdonald serving as the senior pastor.
 

Rolling Meadows Campus – September 10, 1995

After meeting in Rolling Meadows High School for a number of years, Roy Gromke, one of the founding members and Elders of Harvest who is now with the Lord, discovered the property for sale at 800 Rohlwing Road in Rolling Meadows. The building had previously been a furniture store, a wholesale club, and a home improvement warehouse. Harvest needed to raise $300,000 in six weeks from a church family of 500 people. Those people prayed, fasted, and gave so sacrificially that $392,000 came in within six weeks so that the congregation could purchase their first church building. It was a fantastic provision from the Lord. This property has come to be known as the Rolling Meadows Campus. More than 5,500 people attend this location.

Prospect Heights Baptist Church – August 24, 1997

Harvest was experiencing some tough financial times. The church did not have enough money to pay the bills or the staff. While the elders were exploring a number of options for sources of income, the pastor and people of Prospect Heights Baptist Church (PHBC) were visiting churches looking for a place where God was working. They saw that God was at work at Harvest. So PHBC closed their doors, sold their church building for a million dollars, gave that money to Harvest, and committed to becoming a part of what God was doing here. PHBC’s financial gift met all of the monetary needs Harvest had at the time and allowed the church family to build the chapel and the gym at the Rolling Meadows Campus.

First Church Planted – March 12, 2000

The elders felt that God was leading Harvest Bible Chapel to plant churches. Still, the church was afraid to send people away, but God laid Proverbs 11:24 on the hearts of the church leaders: “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer.” By faith, Harvest sent out 300 people and two pastors. Harvest Bible Chapel Naperville held its first service on March 12, 2000. The leadership of Harvest had a vision to plant ten churches in ten years. As of March 2010, there are many Harvest Bible Chapels in North America and around the world because the Lord honored that initial step of faith.

Harvest Davenport – November 14th, 2004

In early 2004, God began to impress upon the leadership of Harvest Bible Fellowship and the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel Naperville, the need and vision for a church plant in the Quad Cities.  That vision came to fruition when Senior Pastor Rob Willey, together with his wife and family, moved to Davenport, Iowa in the summer of 2004. Aware of only two families in the area who were interested in such a plant, they began meeting and talking with others to form a Launch Team. The first week of September, 20 people came together for the first time to worship, pray and seek God’s direction for a new church.

 By late fall, the Launch Team had grown to 50 adults and opened its doors for the first time at Bettendorf High School on November 14th, 2004. Over 400 people showed up and Harvest Bible Chapel in the Quad City area was born.  With 15 to 45 visitors every Sunday, and many changed lives, the church added a second service in June 2005 and continued to grow. In the first year alone, 40 people were baptized, with many more decisions for Christ, and the search for a permanent home began.

Through much prayer and fasting, in February 2006, God led the elders to purchase the former Ultimate Electronics building at the corner of 53rd and I-74 in Davenport. In just seven weeks, 625 people gave $1.6 million, and the build-out began.  Less than a year later, with over 1000 people calling Harvest their church home, the first services in the building were held on March 18th, 2007.

Harvest Bible Chapel Chattanooga – 2011

In 2009, God began to impress upon the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel Davenport, the desire to plant their first Harvest Bible Chapel and approached Pastor Mike DuBard about beginning the process of planting Harvest Bible Chapel Chattanooga.  

In January 2011 Mike and his family moved to Chattanooga, TN aware of one couple that was committed to helping launch Harvest Bible Chapel Chattanooga.  By the fall of 2011 the launch team had grown to 40 people and opened the doors for the first time on September 18th, 2011.  

HBCC launched while meeting at East Brainerd Intermediate School on Igou Gap Road, but moved to East Brainerd Elementary School. HBCC has relocated to 1640 Joiner Road(formerly Covenant Baptist Church).