The story of Christ Church is another story of God’s faithfulness and blessing, and it is a declaration of the surety of Christ’s commitment to build His church (Matthew 16:18).
Having planted and pastored a church in California (2007-2011), Adam and Renee Bailie moved to Chicago in January of 2012 to prepare to plant a vertically-centered and mission-focused local church for Christ under the leadership of the Harvest Bible Fellowship. After exploring several cities in the US for a potential plant, the Bailies moved to Phoenix in May of 2012, partnered with Harvest Bible Chapel North Phoenix, and began meeting in Chandler in June of 2012 with a small core group committed to seeing God plant a new local church for the East Valley communities of Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, Queen Creek, and Ahwatukee. The dream, from the beginning, has been to plant a church planting church for the cause of Jesus in the East Valley of Phoenix.
On December 2, 2012, the Lord established Harvest Chandler (the 82nd plant of the HBF) with a core group of just over sixty adults and a pack of children. Through the partnership with our church family in North Phoenix, God provided for us to have a permanent facility from the first Sunday. The celebration of that first worship service together was a powerful evidence that God was at work in a special way for His name’s sake at Harvest Chandler.
The core group and quickly growing Harvest Chandler family prayed for local leadership to provide shepherding oversight for the flock, and God answered that prayer when the extra-local HBF plant elders installed four pastors on February 9, 2014, to share the responsibility for leadership with our lead pastor.
With God’s grace evident in our church family, Harvest East Valley (name changed August 2016) grew exponentially both numerically and spiritually as a local expression of Christ’s church, and it is developing into a passionate and purposeful gathering of God’s people on mission for Jesus Christ together. Harvest East Valley is moving forward for more and stronger disciples of Jesus, for more active love for God and neighbor, and thus for more glory to be ascribed to God!
Church at the Square
By God's grace, the growth over the recent months created the need for a larger place to call home. After looking at a variety of options, the Lord led us to lease 32,000 square feet at Gilbert Town Square. This new facility allows us to go deeper, wider, and further for His kingdom. We celebrated our grand opening at 1120 S. Gilbert Road in Gilbert on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
On December 3, 2017, our name officially changed to Christ Church. A church name simply helps identify a local gathering of God's people in a community. We want the East Valley to know that we exist to make much of Jesus. He is the One we follow. He is the One we worship.
On September 26, 2018, Christ Church began the process of becoming a multi-congregational church, adding to its family a congregation in Peoria (formerly Harvest Bible Chapel West Valley) and Queen Creek (formerly South Hills Baptist Church).