Our Story


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 100 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 2013, Harvest Spring Lake, one of the Harvest church plants, started looking for an opportunity to plant a church. In August 2014, Harvest staff were approached by the elders of Crosswinds Fellowship to discuss transitioning to Harvest Bible Chapel North Muskegon. This transition was approved by the elders of both churches, and we began meeting as a core group that December. The following Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, we officially launched Harvest Bible Chapel North Muskegon. A little over a year later in August of 2016, we installed our first local elder team, the final step in becoming our own autonomous church body.

Harvest North Muskegon is one of now over 100 Harvest Bible Chapels planted through our affiliation with Harvest Bible Fellowship. This movement of church-planting churches is making great impact on local communities and individual believers. We believe God is using our commitment to make disciples to bring a spiritual awakening to turn the tide of our culture back to the exaltation of Jesus Christ.

Today, Jesus is making good His promise in Matthew 16:18: “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” We have had front row seats to watch as He has built His church. And we believe He is just getting started.