Our Foundation is
1 Corinthians 3:11
To glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission
in the spirit of the Great Commandment
Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 22:37-39
Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology.
Lifting high the name of Jesus in worship.
Believing firmly in the power of prayer.
Sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness.
3W of Discipleship
Experience the sufficiency and express the supremacy of Christ through a lifestyle of worship.
Walk with Christ
Faithful reading of God’s Word, prayer and fellowship with other believers.
Work for Christ
Minister to one another and serve in the capacity of each person has been gifted with
5G: The way we live
Bought by Christ, we are not our own
Increasing in love for God and His Word
Full of grace without compromising truth
Giving lavishly, as we have received
Overflowing with worship and praise
The story of our church is still being written. God continues to change lives for the sake of Christ by His Spirit, through the ministries and people of our church.
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.
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.
Harvest Bible Chapel York Region
In 2005 God placed a calling and a dream within a small group of people to see a Harvest Bible Chapel come to the Markham area. Soon prayer meetings began, ideas were articulated and eventually plans were underway for a Tuesday evening service in a community centre in Markham. This group met on Tuesday evenings for approximately one year and went on to become the fourth Harvest church plant in Canada. In the fall of 2006, this group of believers began worshipping on Sundays in a school in Markham. Harvest Bible Chapel York Region was the name chosen, to reflect the fact that many travel from other areas within York Region to worship with us in Markham. Senior Pastor Paul Whittingstall joined Harvest in December 2007 and after three months of intense training in Rolling Meadows, Chicago, began his teaching ministry at HBC York Region. In the spring of 2008, the leadership at Centennial Community Church were led to contact the elders at Harvest Bible Chapel York Region. In what can only be described as miraculous, God arranged for Centennial Community Church to become Harvest Bible Chapel on June 22, 2008, generously giving themselves, their resources and their debt free building to partner with us for the Glory of God. As with many of the other Harvest church plants, we believe this kind of unprecedented event in our area is a sign that our awesome God expects much from His people here. He has already done great and wondrous things, too wonderful to imagine (Psalm 86:10). We believe that to whom much is given, much will be expected!
Great Commission Collective
As the church planting ministry of Harvest Bible Fellowship grew it became apparent that reorganization in the way we multiply churches was needed and a movement toward decentralization and regionalization began.
In 2017, a new church planting movement, The Great Commission Collective (GCC), was formed. In November of 2017 HBCYR joined the GCC.
We are grateful for our rich heritage, and now move forward with a renewed passion to be a worshipping and sending church in the GCC. As a result, our church is no longer associated with Harvest Bible Chapel Chicago (Pastored by James MacDonald).
We are committed to upholding the bible’s teaching that men who hold the offices of elder & deacon are to oversee various functions of the local church.
The Bible’s teaching on the subject of two church offices is found in 1 Timothy 3:1-16 and Titus 1:5-9. Although there are three terms used for the offices of the church: bishop, elder, and deacon, analysis of these terms indicates that bishop and elder are used interchangeably.
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If you are presently attending Harvest York Region but are not serving, we would encourage you to start serving before applying for a position. This is a great way to use your giftedness immediately. We look forward to serving with you.