Our mission is to reach the lost, strengthen the weak, and encourage the faithful unto godliness through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and according to their Spirit-given gifts to the glory of God throughout New England.
Our Vision. Two hundred years ago, New England was the center of biblical learning and spiritual revival in America. Today, the cities and towns of New England rank among the lowest in the nation in church attendance and profession of faith in God. More and more, this corner of the country is regarded by some as an “unreached people group” when it comes to the preaching and hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Harvest Bible Church seeks to magnify the glory of God and impact the local culture through the establishing of a dynamic gospel witness. Our desire is to be a God-loving, Bible-teaching, disciple-making fellowship who will radiate the light and love of Jesus Christ throughout the Gilmanton-area community (Matt 22:37-40; 28:19-20). We believe the core of Christianity is laid out in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
Our desire is to be “the Antioch of New England”—a mature church who trains up men and women to do the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12-13). Our goal is to reach the unbelieving with a saving gospel, restore and strengthen the backslidden and disenfranchised, and equip and encourage the mature saints unto godliness. From within a healthy body of believers, we seek to send out missionaries, evangelists, pastors, teachers and church-planters to further the kingdom of God throughout New England and the world.
Church History. In January 2013, four families set out from Faith Community Bible Church (Loudon, NH) to plant in the town of Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Having served on FCBC’s leadership team, Pastor Nate Pickowicz was well aware of the need for the gospel in his hometown. Planting along with Nate and Jess Pickowicz were the families of Matt and Carla Howe, Dan and Jen York, and Rick and Paula Jordan. With a starting total attendance of approximately thirty people, the young church plant was well on its way.
From the outset, Harvest set itself apart by its core values. Seeing the importance of biblical instruction, Pastor Nate began preaching verse-by-verse through the New Testament. Shortly thereafter, the church formed men’s and women’s theology study groups. Soon after, additional Bible studies started popping up. The Junior Church adopted the Generations of Grace Bible curriculum. In the summer of 2015, Harvest called her first elder board consisting of Matt Howe, Terry Melle, Ken Marvin, and Nate Pickowicz. At every step, Harvest Bible Church has sought to submit herself to Jesus Christ by obeying the Word of God, and by God’s grace, it will continue.