Our Story

It all began with Bob & Katy...

Our bishop, Bob Thornton, left home at age fifteen. He grew up on the streets of Springfield, MO selling tamales and eventually became a brick mason. He wandered into an Apostolic church service one evening and committed his life to God.

In September of 1960 during a Labor Day service in Westphalia, MO, Bob felt an overwhelming call to begin a church in Lebanon.  Together, they prayed and waited for the right time to move. Five years later on Easter Sunday, a church was born in Lebanon, Missouri. Thirteen people attended their first service and Harvest has been growing ever since.


Expanding the vision...

In 1999, Bob and Katy's' son, Chris and his wife Joann Thornton, became the lead Pastor of the growing Harvest family. Today, with their family, they serve alongside a unified team of visionaries that have a passion for the salvation of the Lebanon community through the power of Jesus name. They lead carrying the same burden and call that was first placed on our Bishop, Bob Thornton - to see Lebanon and surrounding communities fall in love with the truth of Gods' Word.
Pastor Chris and Joann believe in servant leadership and enjoy to see Harvest grow as they work alongside their church body. The vision is being expanded as they continue to serve their community, sponsor churches across the globe,  work to see visions come to fruition and local families established in truth.  

Where we are headed...

At Harvest, we believe in a growing community. From every age, demographic, background and culture, everyone is welcome as we strive to expand a temple where God can reside and people can find redemption. We believe that as we pursue Christ, He will bless the work of our hands.

Our greatest passion is to see Jesus know for who He is and His kingdom glorified through the salvation of the world. There is no greater love than the love of Jesus. We want to share his goodness through service unto others, personal consecration and living a life of righteousness.   

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together 10:00am.