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HISTORY OF EVANGEL TEMPLE

                 

 
From a prayer band on 224th Street in Cambria Heights to a Grand church building on 227th Street in Laurelton. It only takes a spark to get a fire going. That spark was ignited in the hearts of our visionaries Bro. Frankie Evers and his wife Alice Evers to open their home for the purpose of teaching children the word of God. Every Sunday every room in that house was packed with little hungry minds desiring the word of God. Unknowing to us the Lord was dealing further with Bro. Frankie about starting a church. A small flame had begun to burn and in May, 1975 Evangel Temple had their first service in their newly acquired small, hot in the summer, cold in the winter, roach infested, leaking ceiling building on 135th Avenue and Springfield Blvd. Which seated about fifty people. Praise the Lord it was wonderful. The Lord Blessed us for three year….which by the way rent was $125 per month. However it was obvious Pastor was looking for a nicer more spacious building to worship in.

Again this flame was fanned by a 800 seat building on Merrick Blvd. Costing about $75,000. How can we do this? What leap of faith. We numbered about 12 adults and 25 children. Truly the Lord miraculously brought us through. By the saints, members and friends in a few months we were able to raise over $12,000 for the down payment on the building. I’d like to emphasize no raffle tickets, no cake sales, no rummage sales, no fried chicken dinners were used to raise these funds. It was through much prayer and sacrificial giving.

                                                                               

That flame became a burning fire and on the 4th Sunday in February 1978, over 100 of us proudly marched from our building on 135th Ave and Springfield Blvd. down Merrick Blvd. singing “We’ve come this far by faith” to our new church home 227-10 Merrick Blvd. It was spacious and dark. The men, women and children worked diligently night and day to make this dream a reality for which we thanked them all so much. “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.”

God is so wonderful, he has helped us to maintain and pay for this huge building and to purchase the 5 buildings adjoining the church, which has since been renovated, as part of our expansion project. But most of all many souls have been saved, delivered, and filled with the precious Holy Ghost as the word goes forth with power and conviction.

In January, 1993 God in his infinite love and wisdom decreed that he would take home our visionary, our leader, our beloved Pastor Frankie L. Evers home to be with him. We don’t understand all things but we bow in humble submission to his divine will, Praise the Lord. But Jesus said “I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.” And without any controversy our dear Pastor’s wife Rev. Alice L. Evers became the Shepard of the flock for which we praise God for. We are all proud of her and we know that God’s rich anointing is on her life. Pray for us as move forward in these last days.

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DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
We believe in the Divine Inspiration and Authority of the Holy Scriptures.  By this we mean that the Bible, including the
Old and New Testaments, is a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and practice.  2Tim 3:16,17.

We believe in the One God, revealed as existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; that these three are  co-eternally and co-equally self-existent, one in substance, and in nature as the term "and" in the Baptismal formula most profoundly affirms.  Deu.6:4; Mat.28:19.

We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; that He is the image of the invisible God, and taking upon Himself our nature, died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of the world. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit as a Divine Person, a personality distinct from the Father and the Son.  Col. 1:15; Heb.2:16,17; 1Cor. 12:4-6.We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin, and in that sense, is lost; and except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Gen.1:26,27;  Rom.3:10,23; John 3:3. 

We believe in the death of Jesus Christ as a true Substitute; that His death was a sufficient expiation for the guilt of all men, and that those who receive Him by faith are justified by God the Father. 1Pe.3:18; Rom.8:1.

We believe that holiness of life is the result of the believer's identification with Christ in death, resurrection, and present throne-life in the glory, and that complete sanctification is the will of God for all believers.  Gal. 2:20, Col. 3:1-3, 1Thes. 4:3.

We believe in the Baptism with the Holy Spirit for life and service. 

We further believe that when this fulness is realized there is an identical effect and evidence as that experienced by the disciples of the early church.  Acts 1:8; 2:4; 10:44-47.

We believe in the visible, personal, and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His Church, and then with His saints to establish a worldwide kingdom of righteousness and peace. 1Thes.4:16, 17; Rev. 19:11-14; 20:4.

We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness for the redeemed, and the everlasting conscious punishment for the lost.  Dan.12:2,3; 2Thes. 1:7-10.We believe it to be the supreme responsibility of the Church as the body of Christ to make known His Gospel to the whole world.  Eph 1:21,22; Mark 16:15,16.

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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
We are committed to fulfill our purpose in the community, nation and world. Our commission is to:

  • Evangelize the Gospel of Christ throughout the world
  • Help develop Christian Character
  • Feed the poor
  • Be a helping hand in servicing the community by meeting the physical, spiritual, intellectual and social needs.
  • Help develop and change our youth to be most productive citizens.
  • Encourage family values and give support to reach the goals for family
  • Help to provide a safe environment within our community.

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PASTOR - GREGORY EVERS

Pastor Gregory Evers was born and raised in Cambria Heights, New York. Influenced greatly by his parents and their love for ministry and community, Greg began his life of servitude from an early age. This journey has lead him to serve as a Youth leader, a Sunday School teacher to a member of the Presbytery and Executive Board of Evangel Temple. His service spans over 25 yearsin ministry, with deep roots in the Jamaica section of Queens, New York.

Through executive recommendation in 2015, Elder Greg was asked to take the baton and lead the church he has served his whole life. With renewed vision and community devotion it has become his passion. Without hesitation his answer was “yes” because the Lord had previously spoke it to him and it was confirmed in his Spirit.

Greg has developed workshops and seminars on leadership and relationships, while actively mentoring and coaching young entrepreneurs with “The John Maxwell Team”.

His passion for developing leadership / character principles lead him to join a teenage suicide company (Motivational Productions) that developed character education programs. He’s been presenting that curriculum to schools, camps, detention centers and churches across the country to great success for 10 years. He covers the Northeast region of the U.S and reached approximately 150,000 kids per school year.

In 2013 Greg was awarded his Chaplaincy license from the Canadian International Chaplaincy Academy, representing the United Nations. After studying with Manhattan Bible Institute, Oral Roberts University, Newburgh Theological Seminary, Greg was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the C.I.C.A. University and Seminary.

Through all his accomplishments nothing is greater than the gift and blessing of his loving family. His wife of 24 years (Delores Evers) and two children (Courtney and Jonathan).


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Presbytery

Overseer - Dr. Alice L. Evers

Evangelist Sophia Bryan, Youth Minister / Church Administrator

Evangelist Ethel Mann

Evangelist Ceceline Ricketts

 

Evangelist Jennifer Isaacs

 

Elder Mignon Francis

 

Evangelist Cheryl Smith, Missionary Dept.

 

Evangelist Maxine Chambers, Women's Ministry


Evangelist Denise Woodard, Bible School Administrator

 

Board of Deacons

William S. Mann, Chairman

Stephen T. Hilton, Information Technology

Alistair Boxhill

 

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