The Building of the Harbor
In 2007 a dream was placed in the hearts of a group of friends from Community of Faith Christian fellowship in Brighton, MA. They dreamed about what it would look like to have a church in Beverly that experienced what it was like to love God, share life, and proclaim Jesus to the community around them. That dream has since become a reality. Over 100 people now worship with The Harbor through Sunday morning worship services, mid-week Lifegroups, baptisms, and much more. However, The Harbor’s story ultimately began long before this, in 1987, when a new movement was being birthed.
A Movement Is Born
In 1987, in Waco, TX, Jimmy and Laura Seibert, along with Mark and Susan Buckner, began asking God to “dream His dreams through them.” As God did this, they began dreaming about what life could be like if the local church had a vision that was both local and global. What ensued was a 9-month discipleship-training program that trained and then sent short-term teams around the world, who then saw sparks of revival ignited everywhere they went. Churches were established overseas as the discipleship training school, as well as the college ministry, in Waco continued to experience revival.
A Vision Emerges
As God continued to move in powerful ways throughout the 1990’s, He began to speak that He was establishing a community of people who were to be centered around this vision: “We are a people with a passion for Jesus and His purposes in the Earth.” Jimmy and Laura believed that the church truly could change the world if the values of the Kingdom of God were lived out around the world. Matthew 24:14 and Isaiah 54:2-3 became the passages of Scripture that would drive the mission of the discipleship training school, college ministry, and future churches that would be established.
Boston Inspires A Team
By the early 1990’s, Antioch Ministries International (AMI) was established as an international missions organization based on the church in Antioch in Acts 11 and 13. By 1995, AMI had started churches in Russia, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan, but none in the United States. Sean and Laura Richmond then felt called to plant a church in the U.S., in Boston, MA. With its rich diversity and a uniquely large percentage of college students and young adults, Boston proved to be just the right location for AMI to send out its first domestic church plant.
Our Parent Church Begins
Sean and Laura Richmond, their family, and a team of five others moved to the Boston area in 1998 to be a diverse people, full of faith in God, compassionately reaching the world around them. They not only wanted to plant a church, Community of Faith Christian Fellowship (CFCF), but to establish an entire church-planting movement, Antioch New England ("ANE"). That early vision has become a reality. There are now churches in Brighton, MA, Beverly, MA (The Harbor), Waltham, MA and Tempe, AZ (Antioch Tempe). ANE currently has missionaries in North and Northwest Africa, Germany, India and Indonesia.
The Harbor Begins to Strengthen
In Fall 2007, The Harbor, led by Neil Hubacker, celebrated its first time gathering as a church community. Throughout the first few years they experienced God move in powerful ways as they radically gave their lives to see Beverly transformed. From walking down the street inviting everyone they saw to hosting volleyball games on the beach, the church family grew. Over the years they have met in various locations such as the local YMCA, to Immanuel Congregational, to where they currently meet, Ayers Ryal Side Elementary School. From the very beginning they have found their identity in Isaiah 42:1-4 which says, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. He will bring justice to the nations…he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on the earth”. The Harbor has set out to be a haven for the broken and a launch to the nations. This is only the beginning of all that God wants to do through this community of people who are trying to follow Jesus with all that they have.
The Harbor Transitions
In 2015 The Harbor initiated a co-pastorate as it joyfully welcomed Brian Carlson onto staff as the teaching pastor with Neil Hubacker as the community pastor. 2016 welcomed a new season for The Harbor as it commissioned Neil Hubacker to a chapter of life in the corporate world and welcomed Brian Carlson as its lead pastor.
One Church with Multiple Locations
In March 2017, both CFCF and The River officially changed their names to Antioch Community Church in order to clarify purpose, strengthen unity and establish a stronger connection to our sending movement of churches, the Antioch Ministries International (AMI). Our name changes serve to affirm our belonging in this greater community of churches, while also affirming that the picture of Antioch as seen in Acts 11 and Acts 13 is part of our DNA as a movement of churches.