About Us

About us

Our Core Beliefs:

Who We Are: 

The Harlan Christian Church is a non-denominational Independent Christian Church which is self-governed under the Lordship of Christ. We are Christians only, but not the only Christians. 

What We Believe:


  • Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God who died for our sins and rose from the dead.  (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)

  • The Bible is the inerrant, inspired word of God, and is the practical application for every circumstance of life. (2 Timothy 3:16)

  • Every person has worth as a creation of God, but that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

  • Every person may be forgiven their sin and receive eternal life by believing and accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior.  (John 3:16)

  • To accept Christ as Lord and Savior, one needs to repent of their sins, publicly confess their faith, and be baptized.  (Acts 2:38)

  • Jesus Christ will return to judge the living and the dead based upon whether we accepted his grace and not our works. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Ephesians 2:8-10)

come worship with us!

Sunday School: 9:30 AM

Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

Family Bible Studies: Wednesday's @ 6:30 PM (All students eat from 6:00-6:30 PM)


David Johnson

Senior Pastor


Chris Wheeler

Youth Pastor


Rachel Wheeler

Bio and pic coming soon! 

Pastor Chris came to Harlan in August of 2016. Chris was born and raised in the small sleepy river town of Madison, Indiana on the banks of the Ohio River. Pastor Chris graduated high school in May 2004 from Madison Consolidated High School and then received a Bachelors degree from Louisville Bible College.

Pastor Chris has a heart and a passion to see the lives of students changed through the power of Jesus Christ. Pastor Chris is very involved in the Harlan community and the Harlan school system. 

In August of 2018, Pastor Chris married is wife Rachel and welcomed her son Landon. In February 2019 Rachel and Pastor Chris welcomed their daughter, Lily Grace into this world.

Rachel has been a member of Harlan Christian Church since 2014. She moved to Harlan from Northern Kentucky in 2013, and knew it was God's plan to make Harlan her home. Rachel serves on the praise and worship team, helps teach children's church, and is now the church secretary.

Rachel met her husband, Chris Wheeler, in 2016 when he took the position as Youth Pastor. They are now married and raising their son, Landon.  In February 2019, they welcome their daughter,  Lily Grace into this world.

Rachel feels very blessed by the Lord, and is thankful for her church family and now her position at Harlan Christian Church. She is currently pursuing an education in teaching, and enjoying the life that God has blessed her with.


The church was initially called into existence in 30 A.D., on the first Pentecost after the resurrection of Christ. Through the centuries, much of the organization and doctrines of the New Testament church were replaced by the traditions of man.  Early in the nineteenth century, there was a general unrest among the churches in America. In all denominations there could be found those who believed that the followers of Christ should lay aside those traditions and go back to the church described in the Bible. Among this number were Thomas Campbell and his son, Alexander. They aimed not to start another church, but to call people back to the church's original teachings. They were not reformers, but restorers, thus starting what is known as the Restoration Movement.  Some of the fundamental beliefs of the Restoration Movement are:


"Where the Bible speaks-we speak; where the Bible is silent-we are silent"

"No creed but Christ-No book but the Bible"

"We are not the only Christians-but we're Christians only"

"In essentials-let there be unity, In non-essentials-let there be liberty, In all things let there be love."


Today, the churches of the Restoration Movement are known as Christian Churches, Churches of Christ, etc.


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