The Ministry on the Dowd Street, Durham, North Carolina
As a ministry commissioned by God to go out into the highways and hedges and compel men and women to Christ, Bethel Family Worship Center is committed to upholding the mandate that the Lord has endowed upon us as a people and body of believers. Enlightening the believer, converting the non-believer, and enhancing the lives of both, the confrontational deliverance ministry that rests upon Bethel continually strives to maintain an ear to hear the voice of God that He might be glorified.
Our desire is for lives to be changed by His Word and for the people of God to become effective and empowered through faith. When Christ is lifted, men and women are drawn to His Word. Bethel seeks to present the Word of God, to reach the hearts of the people, save souls and set the captives free! Provoke your faith and possess His power in Jesus' name!
The Making of a Place of Destiny
Years before the birth of Bethel Family Worship Center, the Lord spoke to [then] Evangelist George Bloomer that he would soon begin pastoring a church. In June of 1996, that spoken Word came to life as Evangelist George Bloomer pitched a tent on a grassy lot of Liberty Street, where would begin a 30-day old-fashioned Holy Ghost Crusade. Amidst much controversy, the enemy fought with a vengeance to abort in the womb God's gift of life and destiny -the church. This first tent meeting drew national attention as some city officials demanded the Crusade to cease and the tent to come down, but God said stay, and the man of God would not be moved.
The June 13, 1996 edition of the Herald-Sun read, "Housing Authority Says Preacher Must Go; Revivalist: Only handcuffs will move him." The battle was fought, the ministry prevailed, and Bethel Family Worship Center began subsequent to the 30-day tent revival's completion. The first service began on Sunday morning in the T. Q. Business Complex on Corcoran Street, downtown Durham. The church would soon find out, however, that the battle was not yet over. As the church outgrew the business complex and attempted to move onto Dowd Street, we were again met with controversy. Nevertheless, the saints continued to pray, and the man of God remained steadfast.
Years later, our Founder has grown from Evangelist to Pastor, to now Bishop George Bloomer, the overseer of more than 83 churches internationally and a thriving local ministry in the form of Bethel Family Worship Center -the church on Dowd Street. Bethel Family Worship Center was birthed out of warfare and today continues to serve the Lord as a place for people to come hear the uncompromised Word of God and be set free! Bethel's desire is to reach the heart and save the soul.