July 1st, 1968, Pastor Douglas Davis and his family moved to Long Island, New
York. Pastor Davis, age 36, relinquished his position as a
presbyter of the Texas District United Pentecostal Church
International and resigned the pastorate of Calvary Pentecostal
Church of Fort Worth, Texas, a thriving congregation that
he had founded just ten years earlier. At the time of the
Davis arrival in New York, there was no United Pentecostal
Church on Long Island.
six months, Pastor Davis held private family devotions in
the familys home. The first public service was held
in a small storefront in Levittown in November of 1968. This
service had a grand total of nine persons in attendance.
1971, property was purchased on Old Country Road in Plainview.
This facility was remodeled several times to accommodate the
1988, Bethel purchased an historic church building on South
Street in Oyster Bay. More than $200,000.00 was spent in the
repair and remodeling of this property. However, once again,
the facility was outgrown.
1999, a large tract of land was purchased in the village of
Old Westbury. This new locale placed the church in a highly
visible and accessible location directly between Interstate
495 (the Long Island Expressway) and Jericho Turnpike (Highway
25). Again, extensive repairs and remodeling were undertaken
on the existing building.
are now underway for Bethel's new facility to be built adjacent
to the present structure in Old Westbury.
her entire history, Bethel has always extended her vision
beyond her own doors, supporting missions efforts and ministries
in the United States and overseas. For five years, a group
was sent to Manhattan each Sunday afternoon to assist in an
inner-city outreach. For four years Bethel provided a music
ministry for another congregation in Queens. Members of Bethel
have been commissioned to establish and pastor new congregations
in areas such as Brooklyn, New Rochelle, Newburgh, Saratoga,
Florida, Connecticut and North Carolina. Weekly, staff ministers
from Bethel can be found ministering in various cities around
the United States and overseas. This typifies the far-reaching
ministry of Bethel, whose members travel from as far west
as New Jersey, and as far as 125 miles east in Suffolk County
to attend services.
currently provides financial support for more than 150 missionary
families around the world, contributing over $10,000.00
each month to overseas ministries. In the past ten years alone,
Bethel has contributed well over a million dollars to worthy
causes such as Foreign Missions, Youth Ministries (Sheaves
For Christ), Home Missions Ministries (Christmas For Christ),
Womens Ministries (Mothers Memorial), Childrens
Ministries (Save Our Children), and Compassion Services, a
ministry that provides food, clothing and relief supplies
to victims of natural disasters and military upheaval. The
church has also donated and shipped thousands of pounds of
relief supplies (food, clothing, medicines) to countries in
Africa, South America and the Caribbean.
August 1998, the church was awarded a special citation from
Town Supervisor John Venditto and the Town Board of Oyster
Bay for its outstanding contributions to the community over
the previous ten years. During the churchs 30th anniversary
celebration, Nassau County Executive Thomas Gullotta issued
a special citation to the church for its 30 years of
dedicated service to Nassau County and proclaimed September
20, 1998 as Bethel United Pentecostal Church Day.
November of 1971, Bethel dedicated its first home in
Plainview. In October of 1981, Bethel dedicated the new extension
and renovated facilities at the same location. In October
1991, the church dedicated the restored building in Oyster
Bay. In 2001 the church dedicated the new facility in Old
Westbury. Every ten years a new dimension of growth and ministry
has been celebrated.
newest building is currently in the planning stages and should
begin construction within the next year.
God be the glory! Great things He has done great things
He will continue to do!
is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. (Psalm