We are in passionate pursuit of the fulfillment of Jesus Christ’s promise to build his church.

“And on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Matthew 16:18b

Our Method is Simple.

  1. 1

    We Train

    Church planters to become effective Harvest Bible Chapel Senior Pastors, and Worship Leaders to lead people in Vertical worship.

  2. 2

    We Plant

    Vibrant, high-impact local Harvest Bible Chapels that reproduce themselves, and we replant transitioning churches into Harvest Bible Chapels.

  3. 3

    We Equip

    Pastors and leaders with ongoing, ministry training and resources.


Our Vision and Reach is Global.

Harvest Bible Fellowship was founded in 2002 by Pastor James MacDonald to oversee the church-planting mission of Harvest Bible Chapel. We believe healthy things multiply, so we set out not just to plant churches, but to plant church-planting churches. In 2017, Harvest Bible Fellowship became autonomous from the founding Harvest Bible Chapel and is now undergoing a global regionalization of church planting.

Our Founder

James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is the founder and Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel. He has led the church since its inception in 1988 with just 18 people, to the present—with seven campuses in the Chicago area and 13,000 weekly attenders. His practical teaching of God’s Word is broadcast daily around the world on radio and TV through the program, Walk in the Word.

In 2002, Dr. MacDonald founded Harvest Bible Fellowship, a church-planting network, which started more than 160 vertical churches on four continents impacting communities through the truth of God’s Word.

Our Beliefs


Harvest Bible Fellowship and all Harvest Bible Chapels
are founded upon these Four Pillars:

  1. 1

    Unapologetic Preaching

    2 Timothy 4:2

  2. 2

    Unashamed Adoration

    John 4:24

  3. 3

    Unceasing Prayer

    Ephesians 6:18

  4. 4

    Unafraid Witness

    Ephesians 6:19-20