Our Leadership Team
* Since we incorporated, we have had a policy in place that prescribes that an elder must take a year off once he has served two consecutive 3-year terms. Clement Bamikole has served with distinction since December 2011 (that’s almost 9 years!) and is deserving of a sabbath rest. Pray for Clem as he finds refreshment in the next twelve months and that he comes back ready to serve again with renewed vigour.
In early 2000, a small group of twenty or so people were gathering under the name Hope Community Church in Barrie. With no pastor and no building of their own, the group faced the prospect of closing down the ministry, but instead, God birthed in them a vision for a greater ministry that would impact not only Barrie but the whole of Canada. Through a series of God-orchestrated events, Harvest Bible Chapel Barrie came into being as a core group in January 2001. The church was originally established with the support of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago. Todd Dugard became the founding and lead pastor in March 2001 and, after five months of training in Chicago, assumed his full-time responsibilities at the church’s official launch in September 2001. Since beginning, Harvest has gathered for worship at the Sunnidale Community Centre, for four years at Emma King Elementary School, and for twelve years at Timothy Christian School. After sixteen years of setting up and tearing down church every week, Harvest finally moved into its own facility at 7 George Street in August 2017. Over the years, Harvest has been involved in planting and coaching new churches in Canada, the U.S., Scotland, and Cameroon, and has a vision to make disciples and plant churches wherever God would send them.
Harvest Bible Chapel Barrie is an independent, self-governed local church, currently unaffiliated with any formal association of churches but maintaining relationships with other Harvest Bible Chapels, Vertical Churches, and other like-minded local churches.
What To Expect
Our service begins with worship, led by a band. Most people stand during this time, however, there is complete freedom to be seated if you prefer. The words of all of the songs are projected onto a screen. Our hope is that you’ll hear songs you know or can relate to, even if you haven’t been to church before.
Like most churches we take an offering in our service. If you are a guest, please do not feel obligated to participate, as this is intended for those who consider Harvest their church home.
As our guest, we only ask that you take a few moments to complete the form in our Connect folder which is found at the end of each row. By filling this in you can request information, ask for prayer, let us know your thoughts, or just indicate your presence with us. In any case, our church leaders pray for each of the prayer requests every week.
You won’t be asked to stand or raise your hand (or anything else embarrassing) just because you’re new. Nor will you have to recite anything or kneel at certain times during the service.
Harvest provides practical Bible messages that help you deal with real life issues. Pastor Todd preaches from the English Standard Version, but please feel free to bring whatever version of the Bible you use. We’ll even give you a handy outline with the main points and Bible verses as you arrive. What you learn on the weekend, you’ll be able to use during the week.
AFTER THE SERVICE
Be sure to stop by Guest Central and pick up material on any aspects of Harvest in which you may be interested. Don’t feel that you have to hurry out the door. Stop by The George Café in the lobby and give our friendly church family a chance to meet you.
WHAT TO WEAR
At Harvest Bible Chapel, we focus on the heart more than the outward appearance. When you come to one of our weekend services, you will find people dressed in a wide variety of styles from as casual as jeans or shorts, to as formal as suits and dresses. However, most people find themselves somewhere in the middle–most often wearing business casual.
We do ask that people wear clothing that does not draw attention to themselves. We think that what you wear to church should not detract from the worship experience of others around you. We want all of the attention to go to Jesus Christ.
What We Believe
We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments to be the full record of God’s self-disclosure to humanity. The human authors, while writing according to their own styles and personalities, were supernaturally moved along by the Holy Spirit to record God’s very words, without error in the original writings and fully reliable in what they communicate. Those who humbly apply them- selves to the study of the Scriptures, within their grammatical-historical context and various literary genres, will come to a trust- worthy understanding of God’s Word and see it as the final and sufficient authority for all of life.
We believe in the one living and true God, eternally existing in perfect unity as three equally and fully divine persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each member of the Godhead, while executing distinct yet complementary roles in redemptive history, has precisely the same nature, attributes, and being, and is equally worthy of the same glory, honour, and obedience.
We believe that God the Father created all things in six days through his Son, Jesus Christ, according to his will and for his glory. He upholds all things by the word of his power and grace, exercising divine providence and sovereign headship over all creation. He demonstrated his deep love for the world by sending his only Son to offer salvation to humanity.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, moved by love in accordance with the will of the Father, took on human flesh. Conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, he was born of the virgin Mary. Being fully God and fully man, he lived a sinless life and sacrificially shed his blood and died on the cross in our place, accomplishing redemption for all who place their faith in him. He rose visibly and bodily from the dead on the third day and, after being seen by many witnesses, ascended into heaven. He now sits at the Father’s right hand, head of his body the Church, the only Saviour and Mediator between God and humanity, and will one day return to earth in power and glory to consummate his redemptive mission.
John 1:1-4, 18; John 14:8-11; Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 2:17-18; Revelation 19:11-16
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all he does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ during this age. He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He draws the unredeemed to repentance and faith, and at salvation imparts new life to the believer, bringing the convert into union with Christ and his body, his Church. The Holy Spirit baptizes and permanently indwells at salvation, seals, sanctifies, fills, guides, instructs, comforts, equips, empowers, produces fruit as evidence of genuine faith, and confers spiritual gifts for service in the life of the believer.
John 16:8, 13-15; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; Romans 8:9-17; 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; 3:16; 6:19-20; 12:4-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Titus 3:5
We believe that God created humanity—male and female—in his own image and likeness, free of sin, to glorify himself and to enjoy an intimate, personal, and unhindered relationship with him. Tempted by Satan, yet within the sovereign plan of God, the first man and woman freely chose to disobey God, bringing upon all people the curse of sin and death. All human beings, therefore, are sinful by nature, rebellious by choice, and under the influence of a sin-marred world and the evil one himself. Every person is alienated from God without defense or excuse, subject to his righteous wrath, and in desperate need of the Saviour to reverse the curse and restore their relationship with the Father.
Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-6; Psalm 139:13-16; Romans 1:18-20; 3:10-19, 23; 5:12, 18-19; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 2:10; 1 John 2:15-17
We believe that salvation is found in none other than Jesus Christ, who died in our place as the once-for-all substitutionary atone- ment for our sins. Before the foundation of the world, God chose those who would be saved based solely on his sovereign good pleasure. Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross paid for the sins of the world, fully satisfying God’s righteous wrath against sin and evil. Those who turn from sin in repentance and faith become a new creation by the Holy Spirit, are declared righteous before God, and are eternally secured as an adopted child of the Father. Genuine faith is authenticated by a growing obedience to and love for Jesus Christ, and with an evident eagerness to glorify God and persevere to the end.
Matthew 24:13; John 3:16-18; Acts 4:12; Romans 7:15-25; 8:29-30, 37-39; 10:9-13; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:3-8; 2:4-9; Hebrews 10:10- 14; 1 John 2:2-6
We believe that upon placing faith in the Lord Jesus, the believer is made part of the body of Christ, the one universal Church, of which Christ is the head. Additionally, believers are to assemble together for worship, prayer, teaching, fellowship, to practice the ordi- nances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Table, to serve one another through the use of spiritual gifts, and to carry out the mission to make disciples. The local church is to be led and protected by a plurality of elders who shepherd and oversee members working together in humility, love, and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 11:17-29; 12:7; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:24-25; 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-5
We believe in and expectantly await the glorious, visible, imminent, and victorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed hope of his second coming and the culmination of God’s redemptive plan for creation and humanity have vital bearing on the believer, pro- ducing an inward assurance of salvation and an outward zeal for service and mission. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The lost will be raised to judgment and experience eternal wrath in hell. The saved will be raised to eternal joy in the new heaven and new earth in the presence of God forever.
Daniel 7:9-14; 12:1-4; Matthew 10:28; 25:31-46; Luke 12:35-40; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Revelation 19:11-16; 21:1-8; 22:1-7
We believe that Christian baptism is a public declaration of the believer’s salvation in Christ, identifying with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection symbolized by immersion in water. The Lord’s Supper is the united commemoration by believers of Christ’s death until he comes and should be preceded by a careful self-examination (Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 11:20-29).
We believe it is the aim, duty, and privilege of every believer and local church fellowship to glorify God by responding as active participants in the Great Commission call of Jesus Christ to go and make disciples of all nations. We believe the primary focus and priority of this call is centred on efforts that establish, strengthen, and reproduce biblically-based churches, which will then plant churches that plant churches for future generations and God’s glory.