News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Religion

September 7, 2007

Bethlehem Temple Church to celebrate 90 years

Ninety years ago, Bishop G.T. Haywood of Greencastle and Indianapolis was led by God to conduct a tent revival in Terre Haute. As a result of the revival, a congregation began to form, and Haywood left Sister Della Walker in charge as overseer. In just a few months, a small mission was established and became known as the Apostolic Faith Church, then at South 13th and Putnam streets.

Revivals and tent meetings continued under the direction of the late Bishop Oscar Saunders, Bishop J.A. Rayl and Elder W.O. Edgington, who was of notable assistance to the church during its earliest years. The congregation continued to thrive and in time outgrew the small mission.

In 1921, Bishop Haywood sent Elder Charles Gordon of Grand Rapids, Mich., to Terre Haute to become the first official pastor of the church. The congregation soon moved to 13th and Dean streets, where it remained for about two years. In 1923, the Church moved to its present site at 13th Street and Washington Avenue. At that time, the congregation occupied half of a wood frame building, with a combination restaurant and pool hall on the other side.

Through prayers and supplications, God soon blessed the church to tear down the middle partition and occupy the whole building. Elder Gordon’s ministry was fruitful and the Apostolic Faith Church became a strong presence in the community. Gordon served until 1928. Sister Estelle Fuqua became pastor, serving until her death. She was followed by Elder James Tolbert of Michigan.

Elder Ernest L. Jackson of Kansas City, Mo., was sent by Bishop Haywood in 1930. Under his administration, the name was changed from Apostolic Faith Church to Bethlehem Temple Church. Elder Jackson served for about five years and was succeeded by Elder Curtis Moore of Detroit in 1936.

Elder Moore pastored until his death in 1944, at which time Elder Esau Baker was elected pastor by the congregation. He was followed by Elder Tyree Gordon, who was appointed by the late Elder Samuel Johnson and served for two years.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Religion
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Police: Prostitute Accused in Overdose Death Raw: 10-year Sentence for Ex-New Orleans Mayor Raw: Rocket Explodes Over Israeli Wedding Argentina to Face Germany in World Cup Final Service Held for 200 Whose Bodies Went Unclaimed Obama Talks Economy, Slams Republicans Kim Kardashian Hits Up Valentino Show in Paris Sterling Testifies in Los Angeles Clippers Trial Israeli Offensive Escalates in Gaza Attack Tornadoes Kill Four in Central New York Weaver Reprises Ripley Role for 'Alien' Game Typhoon Nears Japan's Main Islands GOP: Immigration a 'human Rights Issue' Raw: World's Tallest Water Slide Opens Thursday Former NFL Player 'Excited' Deal Almost Done Obama Talks Economy, Slams Republicans Raw: Brazil Fans Cry After World Cup Loss Froome Crashes Out on Bumpy 5th Tour Stage Raw: Obama Shoots Pool in Denver Raw: Fans Gather for Argentina-Netherlands Match
NDN Video
Elephant Pool Party at The Oregon Zoo Must-See! Berry and Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel Pilot buys pizzas for travelers delayed by storm Klose nets record, Germany rout Brazil 7-1 'Purrmanently Sad Cat' Looks Adorably Sad All the Time Pharrell 'humbled' by success of mega-hit 'Happy' Day After: Brazil Reeling in WC Loss Jennifer Lawrence Facepalms Emma Watson Athletes Bare All for ESPN Magazine's Body Issue Raw: Brazil Fans Leaving Stadium Before Half Andi Dorfman Walks Out During the Rose Ceremony 5 Firework Fails for July 4th Justin Bieber Catches Tom Hanks Getting Down, Showing ‘How We Do It Big shoes to fill for Brazil ahead of Germany clash Man's 'Potato Salad' Plea Takes Off on Kickstarter Joan Rivers Storms Out of Interview Watch: A turtle and dog play ball Yikes! This Jet is Way Too Close Late-Night Highlight: Ben Falcone Screwed Up His Proposal To Melissa McCarthy Jenny and Sherri Talk "View" Departure
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity