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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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PROFILE OF REV. DR. ALICE LOUISE EVERS


On Sunday, February 27, 1994, Evangelist Alice Evers accepted the charge and was installed into the Pastoral office of Evangel Temple.  Alice’s childhood, adolescent years and young adult life exemplified one with a strong desire, a deep passion and excellent preparation for the ministry.  At the early age of nine, Alice made her calling an election sure when she accepted Christ as her Savior.  She immediately became very involved and committed to the work of the Lord at the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.  As a child she loved the Sunshine Band, was very active in a myriad of church programs, and held elected positions in the Busy Workers, Junior Missionaries, Junior Usher Board and Baptist Training Unit.  Alice faithfully attended prayer service and Bible class, taught Sunday school and was a member of both the Young People’s Choir and the Combined Choir at Morning Star.

Her thirst for knowledge and her quest for excellence led her to the Manhattan Bible Institute where she received her Bachelors of Religious Education. She has also completed her Bachelors of Theology from American Bible College, and in recent years her Master of Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Theology (Th.D) from the Anchor Theological Seminary.

Alice was selected as the valedictorian and questionnaire recipient in her graduation class; where she received a myriad of honors. In 1984, she was ordained as a minister.

She is a former faculty member at the Manhattan Bible Institute, where she taught Child Evangelism and Youth Ministries.  Presently, she is Dean of Evangel Temple, Inc extension classes.  Outreach Ministry has always been close to Alice’s heart.  As a result, she has spearheaded Sunday school seminars, sponsored Youth Camps and traveled across the United States and the West Indies conducting Revival Meetings.  Evangelist Alice Louise Evers worked closely with her husband, the late Rev. Frankie Lee Evers, Founder of Evangel Temple, throughout all stages of Evangel’s “life” encompassing its conception, birth, growth and development. She stood steadfastly at the helm during her husband’s illness and took up the mantle after his passing.  She has always shown a strong commitment to the work of the Lord.  She continues to be deeply committed.

Alice retired in 2001 after 30 years of service in a managerial capacity at Refron Inc. in Long Island City. 
For the past 19 years her ministry has grown to new heights.  She is currently Overseer of two churches; namely, Evangel Temple of Moriches and Prayer Tower Ministries.

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REV. FRANKIE LEE EVERS, FOUNDER
On May 18, 1943, in Washington D.C. a baby boy was born to the late Frankie and Marie Evers. That baby boy was named Frankie Lee Evers. Marie Evers schooled her son in the things of the Lord and ensured that he attended Sunday school and church services with her at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.

From an early age Frankie was very involved in and deeply committed to the work of the Lord. As a boy he sang in the junior choir, and traveled through the boroughs of New York ministering in song with the Melodaires singing group. As a young adult he sang with the Gospel Chorus and the Young People’s Choir at Morning Star.
Frankie organized the New Convert’s Class, served as President of the Baptist training Unit and was the first President of Morning Star’s Youth Fellowship. He was an integral part of the Sunday school and was both diligent and dependable in his role as Sunday School Teacher.

On December 28th, the call of the Lord was strong on Frankie’s life and, in preparation for the Ministry, he attended and graduated from Manhattan Bible Institute, NY, where Dr. Edward H. Boyce had a great influence on his life.

Through much neighborhood outreach and visitation, Frankie started a Sunday school in the basement of his home in Cambria Heights. With much moral and spiritual support from his wife and his dear friend, Mother Evelyn Gaskin, in May 1974, Rev. Frankie Lee Evers founded Evangel Temple. He resigned from his position as Foreman, United States Postal Service, and began his fulltime pastoral work in Springfield Gardens, NY

Rev. Frankie L. Evers touched many lives both with in and outside of Evangel Temple. He truly touched the hearts and lives of his members, and he cared deeply for them. Rev. Evers especially loved his young people and played an active role in their spiritual growth and development.

In addition to his pastoral duties he took time to teach the adult class of Evangel Temple Sunday School, establish and participate in Evangel Temple’s Men’s Fellowship, and preside over Evangel’s Bible School while being the Dean of Student Activities at Manhattan Bible Institute where he also taught the General Bible Course. Additionally he developed and introduced curriculums for courses on “The Book of Ephesians” and “Success in Marriage”.

He served as the President of the Christian Conference of Churches and was a member of the Association of Christian Men and Women. 

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Presbytery

Elder Gregory Evers

Elder Mignon Francis

 

Evangelist Ethel Mann, Outreach Director

 

Evangelist Ceceline Ricketts, Bible School 

 

Evangelist Sophia Bryan, Youth Minister / Church Administrator

 

Evangelist Jennifer Isaacs

 

Board of Deacons

William S. Mann - Chairman

Stephen T. Hilton - Information Technology 

Alistair Boxhill - Music Ministry

 

Board of Trustees

Delores B. Evers 

Joseph Pollard 

Jeanine Granger

 

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