Meeting at a small conference room in September 1988, eighteen men and women came together to form a different kind of church. By God’s hand, Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois has now grown into a healthy, functioning Christian fellowship of over 6000 individuals.
After meeting in a high school for seven years, God supernaturally provided a facility to house this significant ministry and the forty plus full and part-time staff who serve the church. Recently, the church in Rolling Meadows set out a plan to establish new churches which would share the same vision, values and beliefs.
Since March 2000, God has blessed their vision and efforts with daughter churches in the cities of Glen Ellyn, Crystal Lake, Vernon Hills and Rockford Illinois as well as Barrie, Ontario.
In early 2003, God placed a calling and a dream within a small group of people to see a Harvest Bible Chapel come to the Greater Toronto Area.
Through supernatural circumstances, a core group of people was formed and the momentum was building. It wasn’t long before ideas were being articulated, prayer meetings were being scheduled and plans were underway for the launch of the second Canadian Harvest Bible Chapel. A Bible study began in the summer of 2003 in response to the demand from people who were passionate about this church plant. The first Bible study met in a local office space.
When those quarters became too tight, the Bible study was moved to a church basement in Mississauga. By the grace of God this core group continued to grow and develop and attract high quality disciples of Christ.
It was in the early fall of 2003 that God clearly led the leadership from Harvest Oakville to be connected with the leadership from Calvary Baptist Church in Oakville. In what can only be described as miraculous, God arranged for Calvary Baptist Church to become Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville which included giving Harvest their church building, property and most importantly their people. This was an incredible process that presented many challenges. However, we believe this kind of unprecedented event in our area is a sign of what God is up to and what He will do to accomplish His will in building His Church!
More about Harvest Oakville can be found here.