Harvest Bible Chapel Davenport
Below is a clip from a recent message preached by Pastor Rob Willey reminding the people of Harvest of the history of our church as they look ahead to the opportunities before them.
In early 2004, God began to impress upon the leadership of Harvest Bible Fellowship and the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel - Glen Ellyn (now Naperville), the need and vision for a church plant in the Quad Cities.
That vision came to fruition when Senior Pastor Rob Willey, together with his wife and family, moved to Davenport, IA in the summer of 2004. Aware of only two families in the area who were interested in such a plant, they began meeting and talking with others to form a Launch Team. The first week of September in 2004, 20 people came together for the first time to worship, pray and seek God's direction for a new church.
By late fall, the Launch Team had grown to 50 adults and opened its doors for the first time at Bettendorf High School on November 14th, 2004. Over 400 people showed up to that first service, and Harvest Bible Chapel in the Quad City area was born.
With 15 to 45 visitors every Sunday, and many changed lives, the church added a second service in June 2005 and continued to grow. In the first year alone, 40 people were baptized, with many more decisions for Christ, and the search for a permanent home began.
Through much prayer and fasting, in February 2006, God led the elders to purchase the former Ultimate Electronics building at the corner of 53rd and I-74 in Davenport. In just seven weeks, 625 people gave $1.6 million, and the build-out began.
Less than a year later, with over 1000 people calling Harvest their church home, the first services in the new building were held on March 18th, 2007.
In the fall of 2010, as the need and opportunity for more and better ministry grew, the leaders of Harvest Bible Chapel sought the Lord and felt compelled to launch a 3 year capital campaign (Now More Than Ever). Hoping to expand their base and extend their reach into the community and world, Harvest continues to take steps toward meeting the campaign goal while they continue to grow in number and changed lives. On average, Harvest has over 1800 people attending one of the three weekend worship services.