Chantel Ferraro’s Message to James MacDonald on YouTube

Chantel Ferraro uploaded a video to James MacDonald on YouTube yesterday. This former Harvest Bible Chapel member speaks her mind and expresses her disappointment that MacDonald didn’t do the right thing. My hope is that the former Harvest community will come beside Chantel and Mike Ferraro and their family and love them. 

“Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.”

Benjamin Disraeli 

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill 

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

John 13:34-35 NLT 

James MacDonald 

On February 13, 2019 Chantel Ferraro uploaded a message to James MacDonald. Its  a plea that she does in her name. Chantel has a photography business in the Chicago area that she runs with her husband Mike. You can read more about her business here.   In her video she speaks to James MacDonald. She wants him to understand the pain and trauma. And she is disappointed because James MacDonald did not come forward and practice what he preached. Chantel speaks as a mother of three children who is cynical of church because of situations like the Harvest Bible Chapel scandal. Her video is moving and I would encourage all people connected to Harvest Bible either now or at one point to watch it. You can use this post to encourage her and leave feedback. 

Chantel, I want to direct this final paragraph to you. You are a brave person with a deep and loving heart. You spoke out in person, I know what that is like as I do this blog in my name. You have my deepest respect and I write about situations like this because of people like yourself. I want you to find peace and for your children to not experience what you or others have. This blog was born out of psychological pain and trauma from a leader in a church plant of Sovereign Grace Ministries (now Acts 29) in the Washington, D.C. area. Your video resonated with me because I understand what it is like to be abused by a questionable ministry. Its dark, confusing, difficult and painful. My hope is that you will one day soar and that this pain will be but a distant memory. That you will have a new morning and feel the dew and the sun upon your face one day. If you ever make it to the Washington, D.C. area lunch or coffee is on me. 


8 thoughts on “Chantel Ferraro’s Message to James MacDonald on YouTube

  1. Thank you for sharing Chantel. I’m so thankful to hear of your perseverance. I am praying for you and all those who’ve been affected and are thereby experiencing deep emotional gain.

    Can someone please speak-into something I haven’t read yet? Our family attends an HBC church plant. We had already felt the nudge by the Holy Spirit that it was time to move on (for reasons totally separate for the news of HBC Chicago.). However, we were praying God would make it clear to us regarding our decision (and it’s more along the lines of lack of peer-friendships bc young church plants are quite unique in their overall group dynamics). Anyway, we prayed for clarity and I “just felt led” to do a Google search yesterday (based on an email I read from James sent last month and then realizing I was no longer receiving his email Devos) …. and came across the breaking news. So while my emotional pain is nothing in comparison to all within the actual Chicago HBC campuses, I too, am struggling having been under the Harvest “logo” and umbrella, etc., for over 3 years now. And our small group just finished the study, “Thinking Differently”. So, to hear James’s voice on this horrific recording — after hearing his preaching, has rocked my heart.

    Anyway, I am mainly keeping my eyes on Jesus! But I also ponder if Harvest church plants have been instructed what to say / not say this Sunday and moving forward.


      • It’s me again …. I believe I found my answer:

        “Two years ago, MacDonald moved away from overseeing the Harvest Bible Fellowship, a global network of churches, which eventually separated from Harvest completely to form the Great Commission Collective (GCC).”

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      • They can call themselves what they wish (GCC), the DNA and the worldly church model is still there. Many of them still have the Vertical Church logo. The pastors were all taught at Harvest U. The emotional manipulation tactics, the elder structure, no financial accountability to the congregation, it’s still there (in a lot of them). I encourage you to search your Bible and see if you can find this kind of church structure anywhere (it’s not just a Harvest or GCC thing, it’s a huge problem in the American Church). It’s a worldy business model. It has no place in the Church. Flee it.


  2. Just wanted to thank you David for your kind & compassionate words. I have chosen to remove myself from twitter and close down the comments section of my video due to the unending misunderstanding of my intentions as well as just the cruel ways human beings (so called christians) can be behind a keyboard. I am choosing to guard my heart and try to move forward. My husband has lost his mother just this past weekend and it’s honestly been more than I can handle. I’ve struggled with leaving the video up but my husband encouraged me to just disable the comments because regardless of the hate I’ve recieved the support far exceeds still and for whatever reason this video resonates with others. So I fully know today… we aren’t alone in how we feel. It’s just a bit much to continue to hear my motives called out when in all honesty that was truly my heart. I have nothing to gain by putting that on my youtube. If anything I look like a fool to the unbelievers not that I care but I risk potential clients and connections by being so vulnerable & transparent.My intentions were to shed light in the fact that I was wounded in this .. and James doesn’t know me. Meaning there’s many who will be caught up on the hurricane of this ordeal that will go unknown and unsupported and he should remember that. I didn’t expect in a million years all the attention this has brought and with the good always comes bad right? But my heart is sift and I had to shut the comments down to protect myself & my family. I just wanted to reach out David because you’ve been so compassionate and understanding. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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