Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to reach the lost, strengthen the weak, and encourage the faithful onto godliness through ministering with the gospel, teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ, and considering the Spirit-given gifts of each individual, to the glory of God.
Two hundred years ago, New England was the heart of Christianity in America. Today, the cities and towns of the Northeast rank among the lowest in the nation for church attendance and professions of faith in Jesus Christ. More and more, in matters of the gospel, this corner of the country is regarded by some as an “unreached people group.”
Harvest Bible Church seeks to display the glory of God through the establishment of a vibrant gospel witness. Our desire is to be faithful to believe and proclaim the gospel in such a way that will radiate the light and love of Jesus Christ throughout the Gilmanton-area community.
Our long-term goal is to become “the Antioch of New England”—a mature church that trains up men and women to do the work of ministry. We desire to reach unbelievers 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.
Our 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.