“The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.” Psalm 126:3
Bethlehem Apostolic Temple was organized and pastured by the late Elder Fred Lacey, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1932 under the direction of the late Bishop S. N. Hancock. The first location was 2614 Market Street in the U.I.N.A. Hall. At the time there was not baptismal pool, so the church got permission to dig a place for the pool and many souls were baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost. Elder Lacy went back to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Elder Goodson of Detroit, Michigan became the new spiritual leader. The first building was condemned, and the church purchased a building directly across the street from its original location, and it’s new address was 2617 Market Street. This had been residential property, and had to be renovated to fit the needs of the church.
Elder Floyd E. Pitts of Bellaire, Ohio was the next pastor. It was during this time that Bethlehem Apostolic Temple became a member of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (P.A.W.). Due to lack of a dam at the time, the church suffered many floods. Elder George Robinson, became the pastor, and relocated the church in 2609 Market Street in the early ’50′s. this would be a new building, built on higher ground, to escape the floods, and if completed, a large beautiful church building. However, the Urban Renewal came through and the church again had to seek another location.
1961 the church again renovated a building located at 60 Thirteenth Street. At this time the congregation had gone down to approximately a dozen members. But they did not give up, they kept trusting in God.
In 1964, the now late Elder J. C. Allen ofo Dayton, Ohio accepted the pastorate of the church. In 1965, the name of the church was changed from Bethlehem Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith to Bethlehem Apostolic Temple. It ws under his pastorate that the 330 North Main church building was designed and erected in 1973. We began worshipo there on April 20, 1973 with full communion service and thanksgiving unto our God. On August 19, 1974 Elder Allen went on to be with the Lord.
After serving two years as acting pastor, the now late Evangelist Evelyn E. Moyer was installed as pastor. In May 1990, Pastor Moyer retired from the pastorate of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple, with the honor of having one of the longest pastorates of this church, and being one of the original members. We thank God for Pastor Moyer’s fifteen years of faithful service.
On June 15, 1990, God gave us our present leader, Dr. Darrell W. Cummings, from Ashtabula, Ohio, where he was the founder and pastorate of Greater Love Pentecostal Church for over 10 years. For two years Pastor Darrell and Evangelist Valerie Cummings pastured both churches in Ashtabula, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia. We have come a long way, and we still have a long way to go. On Pastor Cummings’ first Sunday at the Temple, there were 13 people in Sunday School. Now the Sunday School has averaged up to 65+ every Sunday. Over the past fifteen years God has blessed the church to get the gospel out through three radio and TV broadcasts, seen across the state, and heard all editorials are read in four different cities, and two different states. The bus ministry has had up to three gospel buses that go our every week picking up souls for church.
God has also sent a great host of believers to join with this fellowship, raising a gospel army that will take the good news of Jesus Christ to this world. We are believing in God that many more souls will be added to the church in the very near future. We have great expections that we will reach our “zenith” in Christ through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word from Pastor Cummings.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remissions of sins…”