By Breanna Morales
The church has a “really engaging, energized children’s ministry for kids to come into,” said Senior Pastor Christian McNeilly.
McNeilly and wife, Julie, joined Harvest Bible Chapel, a church planting and starting in Indianapolis in 2009. He left his job as a teacher and became a youth minister and began seminary. After being called to plant another church not long ago, he and his wife—along with a couple of other families—began to pray that God would raise up a voice of need, he said. They saw a need in the Riverview, Brandon, Valrico and FishHawk area.
It is a non-denominational church. It is unaffiliated, but is a part of the Harvest Bible Chapel family of churches that started in Chicago and has been planting churches for about 15 years, McNeilly said.
The families who have come to help plant Harvest Bible Chapel have been there since February of this year planning and getting together a core group of people who will help launch and run the church.
McNeilly said they are still “looking for people who want to get after the Lord,” to help.
Right now there are no school-aged groups, but McNeilly said, “As God brings other families to the church, we’ll establish high school and junior high school ministries.”
Worship Director, Corey Wilson, said, “The thing that I am most excited about is being able to come to Bloomingdale High School every Sunday and help point this community to the Glory of God through song.”
“If someone were to ever ask, ‘what kind of church are you?’” McNeilly said, “I want to be able to tell people we’re a God’s Glory church. That’s the sole reason that we exist.”
Bloomingdale High School is located at 1700 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. To learn more, visit www.harvesttampabay.org.