How it all Started...
On July 1st, 1968, Bishop D.D. Davis and his family moved to Long Island, New York. Bishop Davis, age 36 at the time, relinquished his position as a presbyter of the Texas District of the United Pentecostal Church 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. For six months, Bishop Davis held private family devotions in his family’s home. The first public service was held in a small storefront in Levittown in November of 1968 with a grand total of nine persons in attendance.
In 1971, property was purchased on Old Country Road in Plainview.
This facility was remodeled several times to accommodate the growing
congregation. In 1988, Bethel purchased a historic church building on
South Street in Oyster Bay where more than $200,000.00 was spent in
the repair and remodeling. However, once again, the facility was outgrown.
In 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 the Long Island Expressway and Jericho Turnpike, both
main highways in the area. Again, extensive repairs and remodeling
were undertaken on the existing building.
Expanding the Vision...
Throughout 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, and in
other states including Florida, Connecticut and North Carolina. Weekly,
staff ministers from Bethel can be found ministering in various cities
around the United States and overseas.
Where we are Headed...
In 1971, Bethel dedicated its first home in Plainview. In 1981, Bethel dedicated the new extension and renovated facilities at the same location. In 1991, the church dedicated the restored building in Oyster Bay and in 2001 the church dedicated the new facility in Old Westbury.
Eleven years later in 2012, the church opened her latest and current facility. Every decade a new dimension of growth and ministry has been celebrated.
To God be the glory! Great things He has done – great things He will continue to do!
“This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:23)
Bethel 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 (Move the Mission), Home Missions Ministries (Christmas For Christ), Women’s Ministries (Mothers Memorial), Children’s Ministries (Save Our Children), and Compassion Services.
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.