Donna and I started this journey with God in the early eighties. I had fallen far away from God and Donna had never really known Jesus and his saving grace. I came back to The Lord and really made Jesus my Lord. Donna surrendered her life a few months later. We started going to a little Methodist church in Greenville In. We consumed the bible every chance we got. As our pastor Mode Powell saw our zeal and passion for Jesus he asked us to help with Sunday school, and different positions. We were thrilled The Lord could use us.
We saw the need for a youth group for our son David and we told the pastor of our concern. He said we should start one. We felt totally inadequate, knowing someone else could do it better, but we said yes. One summer Sunday afternoon in 1986 we met on our deck with our son David and six or seven other young people. We let them swim. We then attempted to praise Jesus acapella. The songs were “This Is The Day,” Power in the Blood,” and “Jesus Loves Me.” The message was: Jesus loves you and died for you. There is a heaven and there is a hell and you must decide who you will follow, and where you will spend eternity, all backed up with scripture. It was loosely called preaching but we were able to lead many young people to Jesus. After the lesson we cooked cheeseburgers, hotdogs. This became a every Sunday afternoon meeting. Though we still attended church regular, youth was our mission. We discipled many young people and saw many come to The Lord through lock ins, concerts and even Kings Island trips were all focused on souls.
As youth became young adults we saw the need for a way to disciple them so we started adult youth group on Friday nights. We praised The Lord, had Bible study, prayed for each other and had a meal together. We were from many churches but we all had Jesus in common.
We continued youth group and Fridays for several years. In 1991several of us decided we would form a church because certain decisions in the denominations we belonged to were not lining up with the word of God. On November 1, 1991 we had our first Sunday church service in the woods behind our house. We met In different homes for a time. I had a vision of renovating our old barn loft into a church. I shared it with my friend Mike Mosier. We agreed in prayer in the loft one cold Friday night and believed God would accomplish the task. The vision was birthed. Some time later through lots of hard work by many different people (Thank you Ted Blatz.)we had a simple pre civil war era barn loft, converted to a church. Our first meeting there was on chilly Easter Sunday morning. Seven people were born again that day.
We had many wonderful moves of God in the barn. We were known for our praise and worship uncompromising preaching, souls, and Prayer for revival. In 1996 we visited the great Revival in Pensacola Fl. We received a touch from God, a fresh anointing and a unquenchable thirst and hunger for revival. When this move of God hit not everyone agreed and some parted ways but one thing was for sure we would never be the same. Visitors called us the barn church, our name had been Greenville Community church but when we became spirit filled we became Faith Harvest Assembly.
On June 26, 2003 our church was destroyed by fire. The building was gone but the church ( the people) were in tact.Through many miracles God placed us in a awesome facility at 6310 Buttontown Rd. on eighteen acres. Though we aren’t in a barn any longer the simplicity of the gospel, love for souls and revival haven’t changed. We have been through many fires and tribulations since but our heart has never changed. We contend for souls, revival and the Third Great Awakening. Many details and miracles have been left out, and the all point to Gods faithfulness, and His pleasure with perseverance.