Harvest Bible Chapel

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About Us

Harvest Bible Chapel Barbados is a non-denominational church that seeks to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission. It was founded in 2017 by Derek and Sheron who, after two years of assessments and training, launched into unchartered waters and planting a church on the outskirts of Bridgetown Barbados.

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In July 2015, through a divine appointment, Pastor Derek met a gentleman by the name of Kenyatta Lewis who was serving at the time as the Director of Church Planting in the Caribbean for Harvest Bible Fellowship (now Vertical Church Network).  This was the genesis of a Vertical Church being planting in Barbados.  After much discussion with Kenyatta and serious exploration of HBF, Derek and Sheron followed the call to be church planters.

In August of 2016 Derek and Sheron moved to Chicago to go through the Harvest Church Planting Training Center to be trained as church planters.  After four months in training they travelled to Columbus Ohio and Philadelphia Pennslyvania to complete a month of internship with Pastors Luke Ahrens and Matt Townsend respectively.

They returned to Barbados at the end of January 2017 to engage in probably the hardest ministry exploit of their lives – church planting. The church was officially launched on Sunday September 24th 2017 with 271 persons in attendance.

Harvest Bible Chapel Barbados has joined forces with a fellowship of like-minded churches across the Caribbean and the world including St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands and Haiti to plant another church-planting church.


Today Harvest Bible Chapel is a family of over eighty-five thousand (85,000+) persons meeting in over 170 autonomous churches across the world. But it started as a group of 18 people, who gathered from five different churches across the northwest suburbs of Chicago and desired to form a new church. Twenty-seven-year-old James MacDonald was invited to serve as their Senior Pastor.

Together, they developed a vision for this church, which grew into the Four Pillars—Unapologetic Preaching, Unashamed Adoration, Unceasing Prayer, and Unafraid Witness. Built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and framed by these pillars, Harvest Bible Chapel was launched on September 18, 1988, at Rolling Meadows High School with 207 in attendance.



In March of 2000, Pastor James shared his growing vision to plant “10 churches in 10 years”… and they prayerfully commissioned Pastor Ron and Jody Zappia, along with 300 people from our church, to start Harvest Bible Chapel Glen Ellyn (now Naperville). In 2002, our church-planting ministry Harvest Bible Fellowship was formed, and ten churches were planted—in just four years. By the 10-year mark, the Fellowship had 62 Harvest Bible Chapels around the world. In 2014, fourteen years into our mission of planting church-planting churches, we celebrated the launch of our 100th church, in Brantford, Ontario. This church planting vision continues to thrive as pastors are being trained and sent forth to develop core groups and plant Harvest Bible Chapels across North America and internationally.