BROCTON - The Free Methodist Church in Brocton is making some changes. Chris Schimel, the pastor who has been there for nearly two years, will still be at the helm. However, the church will be making a significant change nonetheless, perhaps the first of its kind in Chautauqua County.
This summer, the Brocton Free Methodist Church transitioned into becoming a "site" (or campus) of Harvest Chapel, also a Free Methodist Church at 39 Matteson St. in Fredonia. Schimel has become the "site pastor" of the newly renamed "Harvest Chapel West" on 9 Highland Ave. in Brocton. If compared in the business world, the organization in Brocton might be called a "branch" of the organization in Fredonia.
In the last two years, a more contemporary and grace-oriented style of ministry has enveloped the newly-renamed Harvest Chapel West and the church has seen some promising growth. Harvest Chapel in Fredonia has also seen some significant increase in many areas over the past 10 years. Larger churches all over the nation are adding "site" or "campus" ministries to their main campuses because it enables the successful church to utilize the influence they have been blessed with and the programs that God has helped them to develop to reach more people in other areas.
Pastor Chris Schimel poses in front of Harvest Chapel West in Brocton.
It is the objective of both Harvest Chapel Matteson Street and Harvest Chapel West in Brocton that their partnership will be a joint effort to reach the cherished missing and become "A place where God is seen, love is felt and lives are changed."
For those who are curious, Sunday service is at 10:45 a.m.