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.

Our Founder

James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, and both are from Ontario, Canada. He is the father of three grown children, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and grandfather to five amazing grandsons. James has committed his life and ministry to the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. In 1988, along with a small group of ministry partners, James and Kathy planted Harvest Bible Chapel, which now has more than 13,000 people meeting at seven locations across Chicagoland each weekend.

Walk in the Word, a Bible-teaching television and radio broadcast ministry, was established in 1997. The radio program reaches more than three million people daily, and the television audience extends around the world. In 2002, through James’ leadership and by God’s grace, the church-planting ministry Harvest Bible Fellowship was founded and has established more than 110 churches across North America and around the world. James’ vision is for God to use Harvest Bible Fellowship to plant 1,000 churches.

James’ extensive ministry also includes a training center for pastors, a year-round camp, a center for biblical counseling, a disaster-recovery organization, and a Christian school—all used to reach more people with the life-changing message of the gospel.

James is the author of several books including Vertical Church, Authentic, Lord Change My Attitude, When Life is Hard, Always True, Come Home, and most recently, Act Like Men.


Find out more about James and his Ministries at:

Our Beliefs


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

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    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

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