A group of eighteen people from across the northwest suburbs of Chicago joined together to form a new church. These people had a vision for proclaiming the authority of the Word of God without apology, lifting high the name of Jesus through worship, believing firmly in the power of prayer, and sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness.
Harvest Bible Chapel was born on September 18, 1988, with 27-year-old James MacDonald serving as the senior pastor. Since its beginning, Harvest has grown to a multi-site church of more 13,000 people meeting on seven campuses each weekend; an international broadcast ministry that reaches over three million people every week; and a global church-planting ministry with more than 110 churches to date, as well as a training center for future senior pastors. It is the home of a thriving Christian school with more than 600 students, a biblical counseling center, and a year-round camp in Michigan that ministers to more than 1,500 people annually. “This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).
In December, 2014, the leadership of the Harvest Bible Fellowship determined that God was leading them to plant the first Harvest Bible Chapel in Maryland. Dan and Ann Hammer moved from the training center in Chicago to undertake the mission of planting Harvest Bible Chapel Annapolis to reach the greater Baltimore-Annapolis-DC area with the same God-glorifying, Bible-preaching, Christ-exalting, and disciple-making passion that has stood as the testimony of Harvest Bible Chapel Chicago, and the 160+ Harvest Bible Fellowship plants around the world.
Harvest Annapolis held its first public worship service on September 13, 2015, with over 175 people in attendance, and God has been doing great things ever since. The story of Harvest Annapolis is the story of God At Work. God is changing lives and multiplying disciples one person, and one story, at a time for His glory. God's best is yet to come as Jesus builds His church in Maryland and around the world as Harvest Annapolis partners with the Great Commission Collective to plant, strengthen and multiply disciple making churches in Maryland, the U.S., and all over the world for the glory of God!