To glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39).
The GREAT COMMISSION:
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations..."
– Matthew 28:19a –
The GREAT COMMANDMENT:
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart...[And] you shall love your neighbor as yourself."
– Matthew 22:37b, 39b –
Our Core Values
At Coram Deo Bible Church, we strive towards our Mission according to the following Core Values—characteristics and pursuits that express our heart and shape our ministries:
Expository and Applicational • 2 Timothy 4:1–5
Believing that the Bible is God's Word, we proclaim it in context and apply it to our lives, depending on the Holy Spirit to work.
"Preach the Word...in season and out."
– 2 Timothy 4:2
In Spirit and Truth • John 4:23–24
Believing that Jesus deserves our adoration, we join our hearts and live our lives to exalt His name.
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
– John 4:24
Dependent and Expectant • Ephesians 6:18
Believing that God hears and acts, we seek His will and ask for grace to meet our needs and impact the world.
"[Pray] at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication."
– Ephesians 6:18
In Word and Deed • Acts 4:18–21
Believing that people are lost and Jesus saves, we share the Gospel and our lives boldly and urgently.
"We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard."
– Acts 4:20
Personal and in Community • Ephesians 4:11–16
Believing in God's design for ministry and maturity, we teach the Scriptures and equip the saints to grow and do the same.
"Equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ."
– Ephesians 4:12
STRATEGIC CHURCH PLANTING
Together and Around the World • Romans 15:18–21
Believing in the promise of Jesus to build His church, we raise up and send out pastors to plant new churches, both locally and globally.
"I make it my ambition to preach the Gospel, not where Christ has already been named...[that] those who have never been told of Him will see, and those who have never heard will understand."
– Romans 15:20-21
Our Discipleship Practices
We believe that discipleship is best accomplished in ministry to one another. It's not about one or a small number of pastors bearing the responsibility to care for the entire congregation (Ephesians 4:11-12). Rather, it's about all disciples using their God-given spiritual gifts to practice mutual ministry, in the context of a local church.
We believe the following four practices are foundational to follow Christ as part of the body of Christ:
WORSHIP IN CHURCH
TO GLORIFY God AND EXPRESS OUR PRAISE
GROW IN GROUPS
TO MATURE IN CHRIST AND CONNECT WITH OTHERS
SERVE IN MINISTRY
TO GROW IN GRACE AND BUILD UP THE CHURCH
1 Peter 4:10
ABIDE IN CHRIST
TO FIND STRENGTH AND JOY IN ALL WE DO
In the summer of 2004, Senior Pastor Rob Willey, together with his wife and family, moved to Davenport, IA to plant a church. Aware of only two families in the area who were interested, they began meeting and talking with others to form a Launch Team. The first week of September, 20 people came together for the first time to worship, pray, and seek God's direction.
By late fall, the Launch Team had grown to 50 adults and opened its doors for the first time at Bettendorf High School on November 14, 2004. Over 400 people showed up to that first service, and Harvest Bible Chapel – Davenport was born.
With 15 to 45 visitors every Sunday, and many changed lives, the church added a second service in June 2005 and continued to grow. In the first year alone 40 people were baptized, with many more decisions for Christ, and the search for a permanent home began.
Through much prayer and fasting, in February 2006 God led the elders to purchase the former Ultimate Electronics building at the corner of 53rd and I-74 in Davenport. In just six weeks, 150 families gave $1.6 million and the renovation began.
Less than a year later, with over 1,000 people calling Harvest Davenport their church home, the first services in the new building were held on March 18, 2007.
By the 5th anniversary in November 2009, several hundred people had come to Christ and been baptized. Two years later in January of 2011, the church sent out its first pastor to plant a church in Chattanooga, TN. One year later they sent another to Fairfax, VA.
In 2014, coinciding with the 10th anniversary, the church added 29,000 square feet, including a gym, several larger classrooms, and new office space. Throughout the first ten years the church helped plant 9 new churches, sent 51 teams on short-term mission trips, and baptized 817 people!
Between the years of 2016 and 2018, Harvest Davenport sent three more pastors and church planters to Monmouth, IL, Albuquerque, NM, and Rock Island, IL.
In January of 2019 the church changed its name to Coram Deo Bible Church, a Latin phrase meaning “in the presence of God.” Same church, same mission, new name.
Also in 2019, two more pastors were sent out, one to Tipton, IN, and the other to Raleigh, NC. Later in 2019 Coram Deo Bible Church sent their first oversees missionaries to an unreached people group in North Africa. In November of 2019, the church celebrated their 15th anniversary and announced plans to renovate the Children’s Ministry area.
Today, by God’s grace, we continue to glorify God through the fulfillment of The Great Commission in the spirit of The Great Commandment.
We are passionate about planting churches and equipping those called to go and be sent for the work of ministry. It is our desire to work with like-minded churches and organizations in the spirit of this endeavor. As such, we are a church cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention through the SBC Cooperative Program, as well as the Great Commission Collective, for national and international church planting.