Our Foundation is

Jesus Christ

1 Corinthians 3:11

Our Mission


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

Four Pillars


The foundation of our church is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Four Pillars sum up what Harvest Bible Chapel is all about.

  • Unapologetic Preaching

    Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology.
    (2 Timothy 4:2)

  • Unashamed Worship

    Lifting high the name of Jesus in worship.
    (John 4:24)

  • Unceasing Prayer

    Believing firmly in the power of prayer.
    (Ephesians 6:18)

  • Unafraid Witness

    Sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness.
    (Ephesians 6:19-20)

3W of Discipleship


Mature disciples worship Christ, walk with Christ and work for Christ. At Harvest we emphasize a quality of discipleship, not a quantity of disciples.

The 3W are actionable characteristics of a disciple of Christ.

  • Worship Christ

    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 each person has been gifted with

5G: The way we live


We are called to make disciples. Not just more disciples, but better disciples—genuine followers of Christ who are unceasing and increasing in their passion.

5G is what authentic followers of Jesus Christ should look like.

  • Glorifying

    Bought by Christ, we are not our own

  • Growing

    Increasing in love for God and His Word

  • Gracious

    Full of grace without compromising truth

  • Generous

    Giving lavishly, as we have received

  • Grateful

    Overflowing with worship and praise

Four Pillars


  • Unapologetic Preaching

    Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology.

  • Unashamed Worship

    Lifting high the name of Jesus in worship.

  • Unceasing Prayer

    Believing firmly in the power of prayer.

  • Unafraid Witness

    Sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness.

3W of Discipleship


  • Worship Christ

    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


  • Glorifying

    Bought by Christ, we are not our own

  • Growing

    Increasing in love for God and His Word

  • Gracious

    Full of grace without compromising truth

  • Generous

    Giving lavishly, as we have received

  • Grateful

    Overflowing with worship and praise

Our Team


Paul Whittingstall

Senior Pastor/Elder

George Stavropoulos

Executive Pastor/Elder

Dave Naismith

Elder Chair

Dave Lock

Elder

Teddy Ramnanan

Elder

Daniel Meyer

Director of Integration & Discipleship

Gala Mayled

Director of Children’s Ministries

Jason Lock

Director of Youth & Young Adults Ministry

Joslyn Mascarenhas

Director of Women’s Ministry

Paul Stainton

Director of Men’s Ministry

Mark Hauch

Director of Biblical Soul Care & Small Groups

Kenneth Yu

Director of Creative & Communications

John Ioannou

Production Manager

Julianne Graham

Administrative Assistant

Sharon Devries

Bookkeeper

JC Fernandez

Custodian

Shawn Fraser

Youth and Young Adults Intern

Sam Wong

Worship Ministry Assistant

Joon Yang

Assistant Band Director

 

Our History


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.

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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. (For more information, please visit the website of the first Harvest Bible Chapel.)

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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. For a list of all the Harvest Bible Chapels, please visit Harvest Bible Fellowship.

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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!

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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.

Doctrinal Statement


Church Government


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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Reports & Policies


2016 Annual Report

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2016 Audited Financial Statements

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Privacy Policy

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Accessibility Policy

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Harvest Bible Chapel York Region Donor Restricted Gift Policy

Prepared April, 2018

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Employment Opportunities


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.

Administrative Assistant (Full-Time)


The purpose of this role is to fulfill the day-to-day administration of the church office, support Pastoral/Ministry staff, front-line reception coverage, wedding coordination and complete general office duties.

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Resumes may be sent to jobs@hbcyr.ca
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