Former Counselor Accuses Harvest of Failing to Report Abuse & Threatening Him

A former counseling pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel said former and current church staff failed to report at least one incident of suspected sexual exploitation of a minor by former Harvest Youth Pastor Paxton Singer. The former Harvest counselor, Rob Williams, also alleged that a former Harvest executive warned him not to report suspected abuse,

Harvest Bible Chapel Announces it’s Shutting Down Walk in the Word

Harvest Bible Chapel today announced it is shutting down Walk in the Word—the Bible teaching broadcast ministry of recently-fired Harvest founder, James MacDonald. In an email sent to supporters Thursday evening, Harvest said it is taking down the Walk in the Word website “until further notice.” (At publish time of this article, the website was

Is James MacDonald Planning a Comeback?

Is recently-fired Harvest Bible Chapel founder, James MacDonald, planning a comeback? Yesterday, Barry Bowen at The Christian Sentinel speculated that he is, noting that on March 13, Harvest Bible Chapel Attorney Chris Nudo registered a new non-profit, “Walk in the Word with Dr. James MacDonald,” with the state of Illinois. Walk in the Word is

Harvest Issues Public Apology

I just received the following email from the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel. I was not expecting an apology, but it is a welcome development and a step in the right direction. I do forgive each one of the elders for pursuing the lawsuit against myself, the Mahoneys, and the Bryants. And I truly hope

Should Christian Foster Agencies Agree to Place Children with LGBT Couples?

Bethany Christian Services, the largest Christian adoption and foster agency in the U.S., recently faced a gut-wrenching decision. Either change its policy and begin placing foster children with same-sex couples—or lose the more than 1,000 foster care contracts the agency had with the state of Michigan. Bethany chose the former. And now the 60-year-old agency committed

Former Elders Say ECFA Ignored Their Warning Six Years Ago About Harvest’s Lack of Financial Controls

Last week, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) terminated Harvest Bible Chapel’s membership in its organization for “significant violations” of ECFA standards. Yet three former Harvest elders say they warned ECFA President Dan Busby of serious financial and governance issues at the church six years ago. But they say instead of investigating Harvest, Busby

James MacDonald Took Millions from Harvest & Now Demands Broadcast Ministry

Harvest Bible Chapel founder, James MacDonald, told three elders in 2013 that he’d “lose 1,000 sheep” before he’d reveal his salary. That’s according to former elders—Scott Phelps, Barry Slabaugh, and Dan Marquardt—who resigned soon after hearing that comment, and months later, were publicly excommunicated. (The church has since apologized for its “harsh” discipline of the

Contributing Editor for Christianity Today Faces Conflict of Interest Questions After Accepting Car From James MacDonald

“Got me a 1971 Beetle,” announced Ed Stetzer on Facebook last April, adding that he and his daughter were planning to restore the classic Volkswagen car. However, what Stetzer didn’t mention was how he had obtained the car. And now Stetzer, the executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College and a contributing

The Lawsuit, The Sermon, The Selection of Elders: An Update On The Disappointing Developments at Harvest

When Harvest Bible Chapel fired James MacDonald nearly two months ago, I was cautiously optimistic. “God can rebuild something beautiful from these ashes,” I wrote. “That is His will. And He will do it if we remain focused and submitted to Him.” Unfortunately, whatever beauty exists at Harvest continues to be obscured by ungodliness. As