What is the Great Commandment?

In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus says the Great Commandment is this: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind… and your neighbor as yourself”.

What is the Great Commission?

The Great Commission is when Jesus tells those who are following Him to “go and make disciples.” It is found in Matthew 28:19-20.

What is a Disciple?

A disciple is a learner, a follower, a person, who is eager to apply the truths Jesus teaches. Disciples aren’t people who think they have it all together and have everything figured out. They’re people in progress – desiring to grow in love, grace, peace, hope and truth.

At Harvest, we describe a disciple by using three simple words: Worship, Walk, Work. No matter which Harvest you attend – in the United States, Canada or abroad – we all use these same words to help us accomplish our purpose.

We believe the disciples of Jesus Christ should minister to one another in the local church. It’s not about one or a small number of pastors bearing the total responsibility to care for the entire congregation. It’s about all disciples using their God-given spiritual gifts to provide mutual ministry in the context of the vibrant and strong local church (Ephesians 4:11-12).

Elder/Staff Team

Ian Hales

Brian Raby
Elder/Pastor of Discipleship

Matt Sylvester
Elder/Director of Men’s Ministry

Phillip Beach

Rowan Fraser

Mark Sylvester
Director of Worship

Myles Holmes
Director of Youth

Paul Flannery
Director of Connections

Stephen Fisher
Director of Family Ministries


J.R. Fountain
Production Co-ordinator

Maggie Nicoletti
Admin/Financial Assistant


Our Doctrine

Our Doctrinal Statement

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Our Teaching on Specific Issues

Our History


Meeting at a small conference room in September 1988, eighteen men and women came together to form a different kind of church. By God’s hand, Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois has now grown into a healthy, functioning Christian fellowship of over 12,000 individuals meeting in five Chicago area campuses. In 2000, Harvest Bible Chapel began a church planting initiative which has led to growing churches throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world.


In early 2000, a small gathering of people was meeting as a church in Barrie. With no pastor and no building of their own, the group faced the prospect of closing down the ministry. Instead, God birthed in them a vision for greater ministry that would impact not only Barrie, but the whole of Canada. Through a series of God-orchestrated events and meetings, Harvest Bible Chapel Barrie came into being in January of 2001. It was soon followed by Harvest Bible Chapels in Oakville (2004), London and York Region (2006), Muskoka and Cambridge (2008), and Brampton (2009).


In the Durham Region in 2005, a group of young men began to meet regularly to study God’s Word together. The group began to see significant growth as God transformed their lives through His Word. As a result of this season, God gave some of them a desire to be trained for ministry and to plant a church in Canada. In 2006, while some of the men were being trained at The Master’s Seminary in California, a relationship was formed with Harvest Bible Fellowship at a recruitment meeting. This relationship led to the prospect of another Harvest Bible Chapel in Ontario.

At the same time, numerous believers from Durham Region – including many who were a part of that initial Bible Study – began to attend Harvest Bible Chapel York Region in Markham. In 2008, the leadership of Harvest York Region, aware of the large number of people attending from Durham Region and of HBF’s desire to plant in Durham, expressed their desire to play a significant role in this new church plant. In the fall of 2009, the planting of Harvest Bible Chapel Durham was announced and a Launch Team began to form and prepare.

Meanwhile, God had been preparing many in the Durham Region to be involved in this work, and over the course of 2010 many dedicated followers of Jesus Christ made the decision to commit their time, money, energy, prayers, and families to this new work. By the grace of God, Harvest Bible Chapel Durham launched on September 19, 2010 at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School in Whitby. Our passion is to see “lost people saved, saved people matured, and mature people multiplied, all to the glory of God”.

Financial Stewardship

Organization and Charitable Status

Harvest Durham is an incorporated charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. Each year the church files an Annual Information form with the Charities Directorate in compliance with federal regulations.

Annual Budget Process

Each fall an operational budget is prepared for review, analysis, questions, and approval by the pastoral staff and elders. Each ministry is required to present a budget alongside a ministry plan for the year. The operating budget is fundamental to our accountability, transparency, and integrity. Staff compensation is approved by non-staff elders and is compared with industry standards in North America to ensure it falls within acceptable parameters when compared to the overall budget of the church.

Monthly Financial Review

Monthly financial statements are prepared and compared to the operational budget to ensure spending is in line with the fulfillment of Harvest Durham’s mission, and approved by the board of directors.

Annual Audit

To ensure maximum transparency and assurance Harvest Durham retains an independent auditor to conduct annual audits of its financial statements. These financial statements are audited in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).

Confidential Donor Information

Donor information is kept in strict confidence. Per our policies, elders and pastors do not have access to donor information as our Treasurer and Financial Administrator keep this information in strict confidence.

Any questions regarding the budget or the financial statements can be addressed to info@harvestdurham.ca

Join us every Sunday morning at 9am and 11am as we worship our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Worship Location

Donald A. Wilson Secondary School
Whitby, Ontario L1P 1Y1

Worship times

Sunday at 9am & 11am

What to Expect?

Generally speaking, 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 at the front of the worship center. Our hope is that you’ll hear songs you know or can relate to, even if you haven’t been to church in years.

Like most churches we take an offering in our service. If you are a guest, please do not feel obligated to participate in the offering. This is intended for our regular attendees who consider Harvest their church home.

As our guest, we only ask that you take a few moments to complete our Connection Folder which is found at the end of each row. The Connection Folder is used to help us get to know you a bit. It is a place where you can request information, ask for prayer, let us know your thoughts, or just indicate your presence with us. In any case, we use it to pray for you during the week.

Harvest provides practical Bible messages that help you deal with real life issues. What you learn on the weekend, you’ll be able to use during the week.

What should I 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.

How can we serve you?

If there is any way that we can be of service to you, or pray for you, please let us know!

Office location

31 Baldwin St Unit #3 Brooklin, ON L1M 0A7

Contact Us

Phone: 905-425-6425
Email: info@harvestdurham.ca

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Employment Opportunities

Thanks for your interest in working at Harvest Durham. Please see below for employment opportunities, and click to view the Job Descriptions. We ask that you submit your resumes to: info@harvestdurham.ca and please note that only applicants considered for the respective positions will be contacted.

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