In the fall of 1983, a small congregation of people called a pastor and from that little group began a labor of love that would blossom and grow in a way that continues to impact the communities of four separate counties.
Under the leadership of Pastor Paul Carr, Christian Community Church (now Harvest Baptist Church) began meeting with small groups in homes in the Jamestown area. Soon they converted a multi-bay garage into their new church facility. For 4 ½ years the young church grew steadily until a new church facility was needed. In 1988, the church purchased their current property and building at 516 East Jamestown Road and held their first service in the new facilities that Father’s Day.
Over the next several years, the church grew to average over 175 attendees on Sunday mornings, with high days of well over 200 in attendance. During Paul Carr’s tenure as pastor, the church purchased and remodeled the original building and also added 2 additions to the building.
Upon Pastor Carr’s departure from the church, the congregation called Jim O’Bryon as Pastor who ministered for a short time in 1997.
In 1998, the church called Pastor Fred Flowers to the church. That same year the church was renamed Harvest Baptist Church as they continued the next major chapter of the church’s history. During the 5 years of Pastor Flower’s ministry the church greatly increased their missions outreach by beginning their Faith Promise Missions Program, as well as developing and strengthening ministries that are still operating today, such as the van ministry and nursing home ministry.
In the years of 2003-2005, Harvest Baptist Church had brief pastorates by Joe Litkenhaus and Douglas Center.
In April of 2006, current pastor Jeremy D. McClain and his family came to Harvest Baptist Church and in the time since the church has seen the blessing of God. Holding to the Biblical truths that the church was originally founded upon, a friendly and loving atmosphere, old-fashioned Bible preaching, and regular community outreach, Harvest Baptist has again seen a steady increase in attendance and spiritual growth and service among the members.
Since 2006, God has blessed by allowing the Faith Promise Missions Program to increase from 19 missionaries to 36 missionaries, the church facilities have been remodeled, the parking lot has undergone two expansions, and the church has become debt free. The church has seen several young people surrender to ministry, and they have been privileged to have some of the men move on to preaching ministries as pastors and evangelists.
As we continue towards the future, it is our goal to please our Lord by carrying on the traditions of those that came before us by faithfully sharing the gospel to the lost, strengthening the saved through the Word of God, and sending those that God has called into the ministry.
Harvest Baptist Church
516 E. Jamestown Rd, Greenville, PA 16125