James MacDonald's million-dollar house in Elgin, IL.
James MacDonald's estate in Elgin, IL.

James MacDonald’s Home Listed for $1.9 Million; Possibly Moving to West Coast

By Julie Roys
The upscale home of disgraced former pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, James MacDonald, has just been privately listed for $1.9 million, according to recently obtained documents (listing below).

Also, an Instagram comment by a person who appears to be the wife of a well-known Christian figure states that MacDonald is heading to the West Coast. 

In a video released on February 14, MacDonald announced that in 40 days, he would have his first “public opportunity to preach,” but did not give any further details.

However, over the weekend, someone with the Instagram account chelseacameron8 commented on a post by MacDonald that she was praying for MacDonald and his wife’s “move.” She added, “Welcome to the West Coast. Can’t wait to see you and to be front and center to receive the gift of your teaching.”

Chelseacameron8 is a private account, but appears to be owned by Chelsea Noble, the wife of popular Christian actor and TV host, Kirk Cameron.

I reached out to Kirk Cameron through multiple avenues to confirm his wife’s account, but he did not respond. However, the Camerons are known to be friends of the MacDonalds and appeared in a picture that Kathy MacDonald posted to Instagram in August of last year.

Also, an Instagram comment by “ahnacameron,” who appears to be a daughter of Kirk Cameron and Chelsea Noble, states: “love u mom and dad” and tags both Kirk Cameron’s official Instagram account and @Chelseacameron8.

The home that MacDonald just listed is the same one that he claimed in an interview for my 2018 exposé on Harvest was smaller than his previous 6,700-square foot home in Inverness, Illinois. This was significant because in 2014, the elders at Harvest announced that MacDonald had made “several personal lifestyle adjustments,” including “downsizing” from his home in Inverness (which sold for $1.8 million in 2014) to “a smaller home in Elgin.”

Also, during the 2018 interview, MacDonald refuted claims that he had “only pretended to cut back on his lifestyle” in 2014, calling such claims “false.”

The current listing does not give the square footage of the house. However, an appraisal that an attorney for MacDonald submitted to the tax assessor’s office states that the home has 6,891 square feet of gross living area, plus a 2,600 square-foot garage and a more than 2,000-square-foot finished basement.

The listing also notes that the home has “extraordinary finishes throughout,” “custom built cabinetry,” and a “gourmet kitchen with walk-in pantry and top of the lines appliances.” It adds that the “master retreat on the main level features a den, walk in closet, en suite, and workout room.”

The listing says the second floor has a loft, library, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home also has a finished basement “perfect for entertaining” and an outdoor in-ground pool.

According to the listing, the home also sits on 10 acres. Presumably, MacDonald bought an adjacent five-acre parcel, which was vacant.

The agent listing MacDonald’s home is Wincy Mathew, a local realtor whose husband, Philip Mathew, serves as the director of information technology at Harvest Bible Chapel.

UPDATE: MacDonald’s home listing is now public and can be viewed here.  I have taken down the photos of MacDonald’s home per the request of a real estate listing company. However, you can see all the photos in the public listing. 
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131 thoughts on “James MacDonald’s Home Listed for $1.9 Million; Possibly Moving to West Coast”

  1. It is what you call two face. MacDonald had one personality that interacted with the congregation. Spewing biblical passages and all. Fervently in prayer. He showed his colors self to the staff & elders – where he was abusive and domineering, It was all a con to manipulate people – to enrich himself and family.

  2. Doctrinal soundness seems missing today. Paul warned over and over about doctrine as the way to stand firm during the apostasy, which we most certainly are in. People seem bored with doctrine. What is popular is experience and emotion. James had weak doctrine but he sure gave an experience and emotion. His ungodly character is a symptom of the greater issue. The Elgin house seems almost like a public indictment against the entire system. Seems this is happening on a larger scale with Christian leaders. Judgment begins with the house of God.

    The world needs the good news more than ever. The organized church seems otherwise engaged.

    We are one generation away from losing the faith that once was given to the saints. Brethren, we need to repent of all the teachers who go beyond scripture; psychological preaching; humanist christianity, the new age mystical Christianity and all of the false christs being promoted. We must learn to rightly divide scripture, to preach the only Gospel that can save And to make DISCIPLES not activists.

    The body of Christ needs to go back to the foundations of the faith and stop trying to organize churches under the pattern of the world system. Let us repent of these man made systems, rituals and organizations and submit under the authority of Jesus the Word of God and meekly receive His implanted Word. I speak to my own heart first. I am guilty also.

    The reality is that James MacDonald didn’t have any apparent gift of spiritual truth or command of scripture He was an actor who could deliver his lines. He had was the gift of gab and entertainment value and was able to market scripture in a way that made people feel good and want more. His friends in the business…Mark Driscoll?! Steven Furtick?! I am mortified I ever remained seated For a one second to give ear to either one of those profane ungodly men. The entire building should have emptied! God forgive us.

    Someone recently recommended the late Dave Hunt’s book “the seduction of Christianity”. It is from years back but as relevant today as it was when he wrote it. It really helped shed light on what is happening today.

    Andy Woods of Sugarland Bible church and Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries are two of the most solid Bible teachers out there today, who rightly handle the Word of Truth and who teach God centered, not man centered theology. The late Dr J Vernon Mcgee helped steer us out of the doctrinal error we were learning and blessed us so greatly.

    Charles Ryrie is also very solid and has many commentaries and writings that will help see the Truth.

    Awake! Awake O’ Sleeper. Rise from the dead and Christ will shine upon thee.

  3. Carla

    You might realize it…
    But you seem to be doing…
    The very things you accuse others of doing…

    You seem to be trying to correct the commenters here.
    Trying to get them to stop commenting…
    About something they feel…
    Strongly about.

    You write…
    “If you believe his word
    then you should rest in that and let him handle it.”

    “Don’t you think God is on the case?”

    “Our arms aren’t as long as God’s and the battle isn’t ours. It’s Gods.”

    “The current and former members
    fighting it out on this blog are disobeying God.”

    “The comment section is lending itself to division
    and a poor public testimony which is a shame.”
    ——-

    If you, Carla, believe his word?
    If you believe the battle is God’s?
    And God is on the case?

    Why did you get involved? With this blog?
    Trying to correct the commenters here?
    Telling them they are “guilty” of…
    Disobeying God?

    How do you know they are Disobeying God?

    Could you be Disobeying God?
    By giving your own opinion?
    Trying to correct others?

    Why NOT let God handle it?

  4. Carla

    You might realize it…
    But you seem to be doing…
    The very things you accuse others of doing…

    You seem to be trying to correct the commenters here.
    Trying to get them to stop commenting.
    And let God handle it.

    You write…
    “If you believe his word
    then you should rest in that and let him handle it.”

    “Don’t you think God is on the case?”

    “Our arms aren’t as long as God’s and the battle isn’t ours. It’s Gods.”

    “The current and former members
    fighting it out on this blog are disobeying God.”

    “The comment section is lending itself to division
    and a poor public testimony which is a shame.”
    ——-

    If you, Carla, believe his word?
    If you believe the battle is God’s?
    And God is on the case?

    Why did you get involved? With this blog?
    Trying to correct the commenters here?
    Telling them they are “guilty” of…
    Disobeying God?

    How do you know they are Disobeying God?

    Could you be Disobeying God?
    By giving your own opinion?
    Trying to correct others?

    Why NOT let God handle it?

  5. Mike,

    Detached from reality much?

    I knew this guy was a legalistic, control freak hypocrite years ago. It only took part of one video to see that.

    Put down the illegal drugs and apologize to Julie Roys for your asinine accusation. You need a reality check, let this be the start of it.

    Alan

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