In February of 2008, Scott Mills and his family moved to Martindale to begin a new, challenging chapter in their lives. He and his wife, Melissa, had been considering this move since mid-2007. Mills explains, “We took some time to pray until God made it clear that this was His leading.”
Scott had been an associate pastor at CrossRidge Church in Little Elm, Texas. Then in May of 2007, he was challenged to begin and pastor a new church in Martindale. Finally, with pledges of support from a number of churches and church groups, he and Melissa decided to meet the challenge.
Groundwork was underway-before their move-for the new “Harvest Community Church”. The preliminaries are still in progress.
The official launch of the church is scheduled for September 7 at 10:30 AM. In the meantime: door-to-door calls were made; a home Bible study was begun on April 28; the Bible study grew. Then 108 people came for the first “preview” Sunday service on July 20. Another service followed on August 10 and another is planned for August 24, followed by the beginning of regular weekly worship two weeks later, on September 7.
Mills states, “Our preview services allow new guests to get a feel for Harvest and meet some other families.”
Harvest Community is advertized as “a contemporary-styled church with a family focus”. Mills further describes the church’s goals, “Our desire is to build a community of believers through worship, prayer, biblical teaching, and a sincere love for others.”
The church meets in the old Bingo Hall on Hwy 142, just north of Martindale. The building is being remodeling to accommodate 300 in worship, with multiple children and youth classrooms.
Mills became what he calls “a Christ-follower” when he was 13 years old. When he was 19, he decided God had called him to full-time vocational ministry.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics at Texas State, where he also met Melissa. In 2006, he received his Master’s Degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
The new church is currently supported by 5 churches (Martindale Baptist, CrossRidge, Forest Hills Baptist, Everyday Christian Fellowship, and First Baptist of Kyle). The Southern Baptists of Texas State Convention and the Bluebonnet Baptist Association also support the work.
Additional information can be found at the church’s website, www.harvestcommunitylife.org.
Pastor Scott Mills and church member, Preston Tatum, stand at the entrance of Harvest Community Church on Highway 142, north of Martindale.