In 1988 a group of eighteen people from across the northwest Chicago suburbs formed Harvest Bible Chapel, with twenty-seven-year-old James MacDonald as the senior pastor. As the church grew, it became apparent that it would require a larger building. In 1995, after meeting in Rolling Meadows High School for a number of years, the church obtained property at 800 Rohlwing Road in Rolling Meadows. This property has come to be known as the Rolling Meadows Campus.
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. The first church plant held its first service on March 12, 2000. The elders of Harvest Bible Chapel sought the Lord’s favor to plant ten churches in ten years. By October, 2012 God has blessed that desire exceedingly and abundantly beyond all could have imagined – there are now over 100 Harvest Bible Chapels around North America and the world proclaiming the authority of God’s Word.
Harvest Bible Fellowship was formed in 2002 as an independent, non-profit association with a passion for Jesus Christ and a mission to act on His vision to build His church. The Fellowship plants churches and builds relationships among church leaders that edify, protect, encourage and support.
In 2017 the fellowship of Harvest churches transitioned to a new identity called The Great Commission Collective. The GCC is an international family of churches and strategic partners that exist to glorify God by planting, strengthening, and multiplying Great Commission churches around the world.
Pastor John Secrest attended the Harvest Training Center in Elgin, IL in the fall of 2015 in preparation for bringing Harvest Bible Chapel to Southwest Florida. The Secrest family moved to Naples in January 2016 to begin the work of building a Core Group and launched the new Harvest Bible Chapel Naples in November 2016. Eventually we anticipate planting a number of Harvest Bible Chapels to serve communities from Naples to Bonita Springs to Ft. Myers and many others, including around the world.