In the summer of 2004, Senior Pastor Rob Willey, together with his wife and family, moved to Davenport, IA from Naperville, IL to plant a church in the Quad Cities. 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 14, 2004. Over 400 people showed up to that first service, and Harvest Bible Chapel in the Quad Cities 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 1,000 people calling Harvest their church home, the first services in the new building were held on March 18, 2007.
In January 2013, a second campus (our West Campus) was launched in West Davenport, holding weekend services at Williams Intermediate Elementary School. In late 2016, through God's blessing and provision, a permanent home was purchased for our West Campus, allowing two services each weekend, opportunity for weekend ministries, and a regular presence within the community.
Today, on average, Harvest has over 1,600 people attending any one of five weekend worship services between our two campuses. It is our desire to, not only build up disciples of Christ within our church, but to take the love of Christ outside our walls and into our community and our world.
Here is a clip from a 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.
At Harvest, we are passionate about planting churches and equipping those called to go and be sent for the work of ministry. It is our desire to work with like-minded churches and organizations in the spirit of this endeavor. As such, we are a church cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention through the SBC Cooperative Program, as well as the Great Commission Collective, for national and international church planting.