Our family at Harris Chapel Church of the Nazarene, would be honored to get to know you and your family! We all have spiritual and social needs, but because our lives are so hectic, we oftentimes neglect these parts of our lives. Harris Chapel offers a place where you and your family can slow down and focus on your spiritual lives by entering a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and becoming part of the Harris Chapel family. By becoming part of our fellowship, you will have opportunities every week to enhance your social lives with people who will unconditionally love you, fervently pray with you and simply treat you like family!
We invite you to join us in Our Mission at Harris Chapel: To Discover, Celebrate and Share the transformational message of Jesus Christ in our community and the world.
OUR CORE VALUES
We Are a Christian People – As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition and experience.
We Are a Holiness People – God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including “entire sanctification” and “baptism with the Holy Spirit” – cleansing us from all sin; renewing us in the image of God: empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves; and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as becoming Christ-like.
We Are a Missional People – We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.
THE BIG FIVE
- Getting people to Jesus-salvation
- Baptism – proclamation of faith by new believers & commitment as the church to mentor them
- Discipleship – daily devotions, being plugged into a small group
- Inviting your friends – people reaching people
- Know their life purpose in Jesus and His Kingdom
HISTORY of HARRIS CHAPEL
During the summer of 1917, a meeting was held in the Ol’ Brick Church, about five miles northwest of Harris Chapel’s present location. With the influence of Dr. E.O. Chalfant, pastor of the Muncie First Church of the Nazarene, and evangelist Herbert Groves, this meeting became the talk of the community. Dr. U.E. Harding, the District Superintendent, sent Rev. M.T. Brandyberry to organize a Nazarene Church in this community. On October 6, 1917, this church became a reality, with the blessing of the Holy Spirit. The charter members were: Walter Rees, Richard & Myrtle Gibson, Frank & Maude Shockley, Chad Chalfant and John Harris. Ground was donated by John & Lou Harris. With God’s help, a church building was erected at the present location. The first service was held in the church with fifty people present on February 24, 1918.
A dedication service was held on March 17, 1918 with the church filled to capacity. Each one who gave or pledged on the offering that day (which totaled $2,300) was granted the privilege to vote on a name for the church. Two names were considered: “Harding Chapel” and “Harris Chapel”. It was dedicated as “Harris Chapel Church”. The following were taken into the church: Lou Harris, Veda Lowery, Bessie, Jessie & Olive Rees, Henry & Belle Gilbert, Simon Hiatt, Arlie & Pearl Lowery, William Whitehead, Otis Wine, Mollie Wine, and Gertie Chalfant.
A parsonage was added during the pastorate of Rev. Fleetwood. In 1976 the present parsonage was built. Improvements and additions were made to the church, including a fellowship hall in December, 1966 and the new fellowship facility in the summer of 1990.
We’re more excited than ever about God’s plans for Harris Chapel over the next 100 years, and we invite you to be part of the journey!