Who We Are

Our Mission

 

To glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)

OUR VISION

 

As followers of Jesus the Messiah, we envision that our church would increasingly become an authentic, equipped, prayerful Christian community that is passionate about worship, shameless about proclaiming the Word of God with practicality and that lovingly pours out our time, talents, and treasures in order to make new disciples of Christ.

OUR PILLARS: An uncommon community committed to

Unapologetic Preaching

Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology.

(2 Timothy 4:2)

Unashamed Adoration

Lifting high the name of Jesus in worship.

(John 4:24)

Unceasing Prayer

Believing firmly in the power of prayer.

(Ephesians 6:18)

Unafraid Witness

Sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness.

(Ephesians 6:19-20)

Our Leadership

Elders Council

Dr. Aaron Rock

Lead Pastor/Elder (bio)

leadpastor@harvestwindsor.ca

Bruce Gailitis

Elder

Glen Adams

Elder

Glenn Grainger

Elder

James Palanacki

Elder

Joe Karb

Elder Chair

Mark Russell

Elder

Executive Leaders

Dr. Aaron Rock

Lead Pastor/Elder (bio)

leadpastor@harvestwindsor.ca

Chris Eelman

Church Ministries Pastor

chris@harvestwindsor.ca

Ministry Leaders

Blake Hill

Student Life Intern

blake@harvestwindsor.ca

Carolyn Gailitis

Integration Director

carolyn@harvestwindsor.ca

Jay Pickering

Worship Pastor/Small Group Director

jay@harvestwindsor.ca

Jenn Karb

Harvest Kids Director – Events

jennifer@harvestwindsor.ca

Joanne Fear

Harvest Kids Director – Weekend Services

joanne@harvestwindsor.ca

Roger Mclaren

Assoc. Elder of Finance

Sarah Plahcinski

Program Director

sarah@harvestwindsor.ca

Susie Rock

Women’s Life Director

susie@harvestwindsor.ca

Support Staff

Adam Dyck

Facility Manager

adam@harvestwindsor.ca

Deb Sterling

Administrator/Graphic Designer

deb@harvestwindsor.ca

Koanita Thiessen

Integration Assistant

koanita@harvestwindsor.ca

Ray Pinard

Assistant Custodian

DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

Take some time to read through the following statements. We have sought to provide a clear and understandable summary of what we believe the Bible teaches. These are the teachings you can expect to hear taught in sermons, small groups, and other teaching venues. If you would like clarification on any of our beliefs or what Ministry Partners must affirm to be true, we would be excited to talk with you!

The Scriptures

We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments to be the full record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind.  Different men, while writing according to their own styles and personalities, were supernaturally moved along by the Holy Spirit to record God’s very words, inerrant in the original writings.  Therefore, those applying themselves to study its literal, historical-grammatical context can accurately understand God’s Word.  Scripture is fully trustworthy as our final and sufficient authority for all of life (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

The Triune God

We believe in the one living and true God, eternally (John 17:3) existing in perfect unity as three equally and fully divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20).  Each member of the Godhead, while executing distinct but complementary roles in redemptive history, has precisely the same nature, attributes, and being, and is equally worthy of the same glory and honor and obedience (John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4).

God The Father

We believe God the Father created all things in six literal days for His glory according to His own will (Revelation 4:11), through His Son, Jesus Christ.  He upholds all things by the Word of His power and grace, exercising sovereign headship over all creation, providence, and redemption (Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3).

God The Son

We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, moved by love in accordance with the will of the Father, took on human flesh (John 1:1, 14, 18).  Conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the virgin Mary.  He, being fully God and fully man (John 14:8-9), 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 arose visibly and bodily from the dead three days later and ascended into heaven, where, at the Father’s right hand, He is now Head of His Body the Church, the only Savior and Mediator between God and man, and will return to earth in power and glory to consummate His redemptive mission (1 Timothy 3:16).

God The Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ during this age.  He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  He draws the unredeemed to repentance and faith, and at salvation imparts new spiritual life to the believer, bringing that person into union with Christ and the Body of Christ.  The Holy Spirit sanctifies, seals, fills, guides, instructs, comforts, equips, empowers, permanently indwells at salvation, and bestows spiritual gifts to the believer for Christ-like living and service (John 16:8; 13:15; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:22; 4:11-12; Romans 8:9-17; 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 12:4-5, 11-13, 19; Galatians 5:25; Hebrews 2:1-4; 2 Corinthians 12:12).

Mankind

We believe that God created mankind—male and female—in His own image and likeness, free of sin, to glorify Himself and enjoy His fellowship.  Tempted by Satan, but in the sovereign plan of God, man freely chose to disobey God, bringing sin, death and condemnation to all mankind.  All human beings, therefore, are totally depraved by nature and by choice.  Alienated from God without defense or excuse, and subject to God’s righteous wrath, all of mankind is in desperate need of the Savior (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 1:18, 32).

Salvation

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as the substitutionary atonement in our place, and that salvation is found in none other than Jesus Christ.  Before Creation, God chose those who would be saved and granted this unearned grace solely based on His sovereign good pleasure.  Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was the sole and complete payment for sins, fully satisfying God’s righteous wrath, for each person that turns from sin in repentance and places their faith in Christ alone by grace alone.  At salvation each person is made a new creation by the Holy Spirit, declared righteous before God, and secured as an adopted child of God forever.  Genuine faith continues in obedience and love for Jesus Christ with a life eager to glorify God and persevere to the end (Romans 8:37-39; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 12:13).

The Church

We believe that upon placing one’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the believer is made part of the Body of Christ, the one universal Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The Scriptures command believers to gather locally in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, the ordinances of baptism and communion, service to the local body through the development and use of talents and spiritual gifts, and outreach to the world to make disciples (Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:42-46; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Matthew 28:18-20). Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the Church under the watchful care of a plurality of elders. A church’s members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ (Ephesians 4:16).

Baptism and Communion

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).

Missions

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 centered 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.

Things to Come

We believe in and expectantly await the glorious, visible, personal, premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The blessed hope of His return has vital bearing on the personal life, service, and mission of the believer (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  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 manifested presence of God (Acts 1:3, 9; Hebrews 7:25-26).

Our Story

2000

Harvest Bible Fellowship


In 2000, the Lord gave the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) a vision of planting 10 churches in 10 years. Burdened by the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20), they launched their first two Harvest plants in the Chicago suburbs of Glen Ellyn (2000) and Crystal Lake (2001). In 2002, God began to expand HBC’s planting efforts by causing groups of people to approach HBC about bringing the Harvest model of ministry to their communities. The unprecedented demand necessitated the development of Harvest Bible Fellowship (HBF), a separate not-for-profit organization that would oversee the Harvest planting efforts. God blessed the vision for church planting so much that HBF planted 66 churches in the first 10 years and over 150 churches as of 2016! After the first three or four church plants, Harvest no longer had to target communities in which to start new churches. Instead, the communities began coming to Harvest asking for help to start new Harvest plants. For a list of all the Harvest Bible Chapels, please visit Harvest Bible Fellowship.

2001 – 2016

Southwood Community Church


We officially began our adventure on July 1, 2001 with the formation of a launch team led by Aaron & Susie Rock that started with one family and grew to 35 people by summer’s end. Aaron & Susie felt called to begin a Christ-centred church that would reach spiritually-lost people. Under their capable leadership this group of dedicated Christ-followers met Sunday evenings for worship, prayer & teaching. Then on October 14, 2001, Southwood Community Church had its first public worship gathering with about 80 in attendance. At this gathering Pastor Aaron shared his vision to establish a church that was fully committed to reaching our community for the Lord with the hope of eventually establishing other churches that would do the same. As we have remained focused on this vision we have seen God moving in amazing ways. All praise and glory belongs to Him.

God continued to lay a burden on our hearts to expand our church planting outreach and so in 2009 a church was planted in Belle River and in 2012 The Vine Church was planted in Windsor to reach university students. In January 2010 we moved into our current building, a former school, which we extensively upgraded for worship, children’s and youth ministry, athletic ministries and use by our community. A martial arts club and other community groups regularly use our facility too. This simple, spacious, and well-maintained building has proven to be a great and practical asset and tool as we have continued to follow our vision to reach people for Christ Jesus. Currently we are engaged in a multi-year stewardship process to significantly expand our worship space and parking lots to accommodate our growth.

2017 →

Harvest Bible Chapel Windsor


Since 2001, we have grown to be a family of 600 faithful followers in two services (9:00 & 11:15 AM) and we are so very grateful to God. We have seen lives transformed by the power of the Gospel. Our desire to reach people for Christ has positioned us to invest in ministry in the Windsor-Essex region, the University of Windsor, children and mothers in Ecuador, and church planting in Europe. On January 8, 2017 we transitioned to Harvest Bible Chapel Windsor due to our affinity with Harvest Bible Chapels around the world. We became the 14th Harvest Bible Chapel in Canada and the 153rd worldwide!

God has proven Himself to be faithful time and time again. As a result of God’s love and grace we remain an uncommon community that is courageously committed to communicating the powerful message of Christ. We are seeking the manifestation of his glory among us and look forward with anticipation to all that God has in store for His church!