Over the past twenty months, as Ryan Mahoney and Scott Bryant have written on the subject of James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel, many of you have asked us what motivated us to write. Today, we are going to introduce you to the man who was, in many ways, the catalyst that prompted us to explore these issues in greater detail. Matt Till is Emmy Award winning television producer who left his job in the industry to take a position at Harvest Bible Chapel as the Director of Productions at the Elgin campus. Over the course of his brief tenure at HBC, Matt was treated so poorly by MacDonald on so many occasions that he ultimately elected to resign his position with no employment opportunities immediately awaiting him. On the morning of 19 September 2013, Matt Till contacted The Elephant’s Debt, asking to have his name added to “The Void” and informing us that he was preparing a statement. His statement reads as follows:
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September 19, 2013
For those that need another voice, another testimony, or a trusted friend in ministry to speak out, allow me to be the next.
I do not wish to appeal to the leadership of Harvest Bible Chapel, but to those who previously or currently serve on staff. For those that have spent days and nights questioning your work ethic, value, gifting, calling or perhaps even faith while working for Harvest Bible Chapel – you are not alone. For those that serve on staff under the impression you are giving yourself to a calling, but repeatedly find it shrouded by constant feelings of doubt, anxiety, confusion, rejection or a false sense of acceptance – you are not alone!
I implore you, many who I know personally, do not suppress those feelings of guilt or fear. What you are sensing, feeling and have been questioning is real. Like you, I was once drawn to a seemingly Godly tree that was growing, flourishing and beautiful to the sight. The unfortunate reality about this tree is that you would never know that the fruit is bad and poisonous to the soul from just the looks of it. The only sure test is to eat and discover its true character.
The tree of Harvest Bible Chapel is deceptive, luring in innocent children of God, full of hope and promise to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in full devotion. However, once inside and under its shade, your full sense of reasoning becomes distorted and twisted, no longer serving Christ, but Harvest, James MacDonald and its leadership.
The factual and well supported testimonies laid forth on The Elephant’s Debt against your leadership are of great proportion. I pray that you will have ears to hear and the courage to speak out.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, rest in the promise that it’s the Holy Spirit that is “at work in you, both to will and work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Take my word, there is abundant life after Harvest Bible Chapel.