“…This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Beth-El…” Genesis 28:17-19
As with any other modern day foundation of a new work for God, there is the necessity for Scriptural origin and authority. One such basis is evident through power with God involving the demonstration of the Holy Spirit. After twenty-five years of faithful and proven service to the Highway Churches of Christ, under the apt leadership of Bishop Raymond F. Davis, the Lord Jesus implanted Bishop Robert Evans, Jr. with a great burden and vision to lead God‘s people. In September, 1988, Bishop Evans, through fervent prayer, rested in the assurance that ―God was in this place.
On October 18, 1989, little more than a year had passed when the fruit of this experience was realized. It was in the Omni Hotel at Richmond, Virginia, that Bishop Evans‘ conception reached birth-stage and was delivered in the presence of the saints gathered. The vibrant, healthy, holy deliverance by God‘s miraculous power was given the name of its mother ―BETH-EL. Following the birth of this new vanguard movement, a great celebration commenced when we opened our First Holy Convocation of the Beth-El Churches of Christ in Richmond, Virginia.
During the first eleven years, the Beth-El Churches grew and advanced to new dimensions both spiritually and numerically. This prompted Bishop Evans to select and consecrate to the episcopacy sons and daughters to facilitate the present and future growth of the church. Not long thereafter, our Chief Apostle and Father-in-God was called home to be with his Lord and a Conclave was called and Bishop Bernard Bragg was selected as Presiding Bishop of the Beth-El Churches. Bishop Bragg faithfully served in the leading of this Zion until the Lord saw fit to call him home.
The purposes for which the Beth-El Churches of Christ, Inc. are formed are to fulfill the Great Commission of the evangelization and Christianization of the world in accordance with Holy Scriptures. (St. Mark 16:15) Hence, the purpose of the National Church shall be to organize churches, conferences, religious societies, educational institutions, hospitals, homes for the aged, and community outreach centers, according to and consistent with its doctrines. We are organized to spread the doctrine of Jesus Christ throughout the world to foster and encourage domestic and foreign missions; to have authority to purchase, own, manage, remodel, and dispose of property. We shall exercise the right to set standards for ministers and ministries affiliated with the Beth-El Churches of Christ, Inc.; to regulate admission and dismissal of churches according to the Bible, and in general, to carry on any business in connection therewith and incident thereto not forbidden by the Laws of the State of Maryland; and, to adopt a seal for use as official Church and religious functions and on documents.
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, writes in Proverbs 27:17 that "Iron Sharpeneth Iron" and we believe it to be so. It is our mission to help facilitate the needs of Pastors and their Ministry. It is our desire and objective to enhance Pastors, Leadership Teams and Ministries as a whole. We just want to help you become "Better" and so we have adopted the slogan, Come Thou With Us And We Will Do Thee Good, the Lord being our help.