In 1971, a young man and his family came to build a church in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Pastor Holden didn’t get his storybook beginning. The first Sunday, there were 27 people in attendance; on the second, only seven people came back. Although all things seemed to be going wrong, God was in control.
Within two years, Harvest Time had already built a new sanctuary and was now on the radio and television regularly. The next few years God blessed this church exponentially.
From the corner of 29th Street and Waco Street to the corner of Highway 71S and I-540, Harvest Time continued to grow. From only 27 to over 3,000 members, the Word of God was being preached and God’s Spirit was evident in every service. During this time, Harvest Time built two new sanctuaries and several other large building projects.
In 2002, Pastor Holden felt God calling him to seek and find a successor and to begin hiring a young staff. Pastor Marty Sloan came on staff as Associate Pastor in 2004. The transition had begun. For the next five years Pastor Holden began passing the baton of the leadership of the team, involvement in finances and pastoring of the people through teaching and caring.
August 9, 2009 – Transition Sunday. This was the most historic day in the history of Harvest Time. The church celebrated the past and began dreaming about the future. The five year journey had ran it’s course and the baton was passed. God has been extremely faithful to Harvest Time over the last 38 years, but we believe the best is yet to come.
Over the last several months we have seen God’s hand continue to move in our services. With the addition of new staff, enriching relevant messages from the Word of God, and creative relational environments, Harvest Time is moving forward. Our 2010 vision is simple, “seek FIRST the kingdom of God,” Matthew 6:33. We are making God FIRST in our lives, families and finances. If you are looking for a church that is excited about God and what He is doing and going to do, then you have found it. Join us Sundays at 9:30 or 11:00 a.m.