Harvest Baptist prepares for anniversary

Harvest Baptist Church is holding a 20th anniversary open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

The open house will include a mini-video of the church history and plans for the old Federal Building. Guided tours are available of the church, the annex building and the Anchor Character Training Center at 1940 225th St.

The church began in October 1993 when the Rev. Marvin Smith and his family moved from St. Clair, Mo. There were 20 people in attendance on that first service in October.

Services are held each week beginning with 40 different graded Sunday School classes at 9:45 a.m. Currently, the average weekly attendance is 700. Worship service is at 10:45 a.m. and evening worship begins at 7 p.m. On Sunday morning, the church hosts a children’s church for 3 to 5 year-olds, and first grade to fourth grade at 9:45 a.m. Each Thursday evening, services are held at 7 p.m. Specialty clubs for 3-year-olds through sixth grade also provided on Thursday evenings.

The church employs 29 full-time staff and has an annual budget of more than $1.1 million. More than $55,000 is given toward missions each year. The church supports 36 missionaries around the world with four families sent directly out of the local church.

Harvest Baptist Church also has a bus ministry. Each week five buses leave the lot to pick up hundreds of boys and girls from Webster City, Humboldt, Clarion, Eagle Grove and Fort Dodge. Bus workers visit the families each Saturday and provide transportation on Sunday morning for Sunday School and church services.

The Spanish ministry has a full-time Spanish pastor, and they meet each week on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. for Sunday School and 10:45 a.m. for worship service. The Spanish church meets again on Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

Harvest Baptist School opened its doors in September 1995. It educates 80 students starting in kindergarten and going through 12th grade. The school employs 12 educators. The school uses A-Beka Curriculum and has graduated approximately 65 students. Some of them have attended and graduated state colleges and some attend the Harvest Baptist College.

Harvest Baptist Bible College was started in 1996. Currently, the college has 70 students enrolled and nine staff members. More than 100 students have graduated from the Bible College since its inception.

The Anchor Character Training Center was opened in 1996. The ACTC has housed more than 700 boys and girls from 47 states and five foreign countries, some of whom have graduated from the program and have made their home in Fort Dodge, IA.

Harvest Baptist Printing Ministry prints literature for seven foreign countries at no charge. Since the printing ministry began, the church has printed more than15,000,000 pieces of Biblical literature. Much of that has been shipped to Third World Countries.

Restoration Point is an addictions ministry. It meets every Friday night at 7 p.m., offering biblical principles to break the bondage of addictions.

The Prison Ministry holds services at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility three times a week and North Central Correctional Facility once a week.

The Nursing Home Ministry provides Bible-based services in Fort Dodge and Humboldt each week, currently serving in three nursing homes.

The ministry is internationally renowned for holding an annual Biblical Counseling Training Seminar and an International Missions Conference each year.

More than 60 volunteers are serving each week to run the various programs that the church provides to our community.

The church is making plans to relocate to the old Federal Building located one block east of the current location.