Heritage Bible Chapel began as a small but faithful group, with the first public meeting held at The Princeton Center on December 10, 2000, about two miles from our current building. Eric Hartlen was the Founding Pastor. The church was incorporated in 2001. Because the building was occupied in the morning, service was held on Sunday evenings!
God worked mightily in that space, with the congregation growing to 150 people in just under two years! As we were too big for the building, He encouraged us to step out in faith, and He provided the land, and the provision to purchase it, at our current location, 182 Brooks Station Road. We were so excited by our new home that we held our first service, Easter Sunday on April 20, 2003, on the undeveloped land! It was a glorious time of praise and worship, as we thanked the Lord and celebrated the Resurrection.
Construction on this property took place in two phases, beginning in 2003, when our original structure was completed. It consisted of a large room that was used as a sanctuary and gymnasium, administrative offices, classrooms for Sunday school as well as Bible studies, and a kitchen.As with the original meeting place, God was consistently bringing in new people, and we felt that a larger building was needed to fulfill that mission. In May, 2005, the church formed a building committee to explore different possibilities for church expansion. After much research, prayer, and development, the church moved forward with the construction of a new structure, connected to the original building. The site was expanded with 2 parking lots for 80 cars.
The new 12,000 square foot building was completed in August of 2007. It houses the sanctuary, which holds 750 seats. A large stage is used for worship, which includes music, scripture reading, preaching and teaching. There’s also a baptismal font, enabling the congregation to rejoice as new believers share testimonies and demonstrate the outward sign of their salvation. A large nursery, small private rooms for nursing mothers, and additional bathrooms completed phase two of construction.
The original section is still used on a regular basis as a family life and outreach center. Teaching takes place every Sunday before the main service. Also held are business meetings, Bible studies, and special events, many of which are accompanied by great food prepared by the congregation and provided by volunteers in the kitchen. Functions such as luncheons, cook-outs and holiday parties serve the community and encourage the visitors to feel welcome. We are very excited about the life changing endeavors our expanded church is accomplishing. We invite anyone who has questions about our church or its ministries to talk with one of our pastors, and all are welcome to come to worship service at 10:00 am every Sunday.
Church Staff Through the Years:
December, 2000 – Eric Hartlen served as Founding and Senior Pastor
June, 2004 – Josh Wyatt is called as the Youth Pastor
September, 2006 – Pastor Jason Austin is called as our Pastor of Families and Counseling
April, 2009 – Josh Wyatt leaves to plant The Charles River Church in Boston
December, 2010 – Michael Porto is called as the Youth Pastor
June, 2011 – Founding Pastor Eric Hartlen retires
July, 2012 -Tim Cochrell is hired as the Teaching Pastor
January, 2015 – Jon Brothers is hired as Youth Pastor
March – 2015 – Kevin Wright is hired as Pastor of Counseling and Family Ministries
December – 2016 – Derek Nylen is hired as Youth Pastor