OUR HISTORY

IN ILLINOIS...

Meeting in 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 10,000 people. 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.

After planting their first church in 2000, Harvest Bible Fellowship, the church planting ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel, was formed in 2002. Since then, HBF has planted more than 150 churches in many countries around the world with 1 mission: to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment.

IN OAKVILLE...

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 HBC 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, their property and, most importantly, their people. This was an incredible process that presented many challenges. However, this kind of unprecedented event was a sign of what God was up to and what He will do to accomplish His will in building His Church!

Since 2009, the Lord has continued to build His church through Harvest Oakville by planting churches in Brampton (2009), Niagara (2011), Toronto West (2013), Brantford (2014), Kelowna BC (2014), and more on the way.

IN BRANTFORD...

In the summer of 2011, six people gathered together in Brantford and started to pray for God to do things in their city that only He could do. Over time, a growing number of people from the Brantford area began attending Harvest Bible Chapel in Oakville. It was during this season that God started to knit their hearts together around a common vision for a church in Brantford that was committed to the Harvest philosophy of ministry. With the Elders at Harvest Oakville, this group continued to pray and to wait for the Lord to open doors for the gospel in Brantford through Harvest Bible Chapel.

Healthy things multiply, and over the next two-and-a-half years, this small group of six grew into a larger community of people calling out to the Lord for a glimpse of His glory. As it has always been the case, God has been faithful and has answered the prayers of His people. In the summer of 2013, the Elders at Harvest Oakville discerned that the time was right to plant a new church in Brantford.

Much work and great effort goes into planting a church, but may this one fact never be forgotten: Harvest Bible Chapel Brantford began with a small group of people humbling themselves before the Lord and asking Him for great things. By His grace, we will remain in that posture of humility before Him, for apart from Jesus Christ we can do nothing.