World Harvest Bible Church is a city-wide local church based in Salford Quays reaching out to the Greater Manchester area, the UK and furthest parts of the world with the good news of Jesus Christ. WHBC reflects the multi-generational & multi-cultural nature of Manchester & Salford. Currently around 350 adults & children from over 30 different nations call WHBC their home and our ministry operates in 7 different nations.
The first church began with 17 people in the Copthorne Hotel and stayed there for the next 5 years; the second church began with 7 people in Pastors Alan & Claire’s home, moving 18 months later into a local Scout Hall.
16 years later we now celebrate together from our own premises, the Sanctuary and Studio4.
The new World Harvest Bible Church has propelled the whole leadership into a new faith adventure with the establishing of training centres in Nigeria and Egypt and the launch of a daughter church in Bradford in Autumn 2013.
This sense of the mandate of God is both humbling, challenging and empowering as together we seek to do.
Pastors Matt & Julie Beemer Move to Manchester
Founding Pastors Matt & Julie Beemer came to Manchester in October 1996. Having recently graduated from the Rhema Bible Training Centre they where excited about the vision that God had put on their heart: a new church plant. However, although they arrived full of vision, they were alone!
Pastors Alan & Claire Morton Move To Manchester
Pastors Alan & Claire Morton found themselves in almost identical circumstances, moving to Manchester from Kingdom Faith Church to establish the ministry God was showing them – also alone!
WHBC Starts Meeting At The Copthorne Hotel
The Copthorne hotel was the meeting venue but the offices had since moved to be based in the ‘dungeon’ of the URC building and then to the Windsor church premises where many baptisms took place over the years. With so much growth going on a more permanent building was needed.
Kingdom Faith Manchester Starts Sunday Morning Services
Meeting out of the front room of the Morton’s house in Silverdale Road. Not only were there Sunday meetings but also a midweek lifegroup on a Wednesday night. By the end of September several people had started to regularly attend.
Kingdom Faith Manchester Moves To The Scout Hut
KF Manchester started to grow and be established and became too big for the front room with all the children in the kitchen for Sunday school. A building was needed and this was soon found in the form of the now infamous Scout Hall.
Kingdom Faith Manchester Moves In To King’s Road Primary School
Thanks to a link with a new congregation member of KF Manchester, they were able to expand into a new venue.
WHBC Moves In To Glenn House
This was a great place to meet as it could hold 200 people squeezed in and allowed for the offices to become more established.
World Harvest Bible Training Centre Begins
Hosting many anointed ministers with scores of students who have now graduated. This has evolved into the Rhema campus in Manchester.
Café Logos and Sunshine Nursery Open
This award winning Café and Nursery saw their doors opening to the public. This again showed the great location of Glenn House with its front doors being on the main road. It also opened up the church to having a touch point with the community and bringing the unsaved into the church buildings, face to face with a Christian witness.
WHBC Moves To The Sanctuary
After only a few years, WHBC was already too big for the meeting area upstairs in Glenn House and another premises was needed. The move was made into the Sanctuary, the building we are in today. This increased the capacity for the Sunday attendance and allowed many existing parts of the ministry to continue to grow whilst also creating opportunities for new avenues to be explored. Over the years WHBC has seen real strengths in the training centre, Farsi ministry, and key conferences such as Spring Thing and Destiny Week to name but a few.
Marriage Of Both Churches
Two years after a prophetic word given about unity, and five months of planning and many meetings, the churches merged bringing the two sets of strengths together to build something far greater in the kingdom than they would have been on their own. Two strong healthy churches, World Harvest Bible Church and Kingdom Faith Manchester made a decision that together they are stronger and came together in marriage. This was a truly significant day and many could see it as the springboard for all that has happened since and all that is planned for the future.
Studio4 Is Purchaced
With the vision for it to be the dedicated children and youth centre with a specific focus on reaching the community.