We Live, We Love,
El Bethel is a church that is small in size and big in heart. We let go and let GOD come in and have free reign in our services. We are a church that is built on prayer, fasting, the word of GOD, and faith. We love lifting up the name of Jesus. We have a heart for the people and the community. We strive for perfection in our walk with GOD.
El Bethel has various ministries that are functional and operating within the church as well as in the community. We have our Street Ministry team, Praise and Worship team, Adult Ministering Choir, Ambassadors for Christ Youth Choir, Brotherhood Department, Women Department, Hospitality and Benevolence Department, Usher Board, and Mothers Board.
While we are a growing church, we will never get too big to accept and love you as a visitor and hopefully as a member of our church! We welcome you!
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible written Word of God.
We believe that there is One God, eternally existent in three Persons; God the
Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the Church of God, which is
in Christ at His return.
We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin, is through repentance,
faith in the precious Blood of Jesus Christ and being baptized in water.
We believe that regeneration by the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential for personal
We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross provides healing for the
human body in answer to believing in prayer.
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:4, is given to
believers who ask for it.
We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling, the
Christian is enabled to live a Holy and separated life in this present world. Amen.
Obeying the voice of the Lord, Elder and Missionary Gwendolyn Ingram founded the El Bethel Church of God in Christ in 1973. This ministry was started in a one room edifice over a garage on Claude Street in Dallas, TX. In 1976, Pastor Ingram closed the doors of El Bethel to go and help Evangelical Faith Church. He served there for two years under the leadership of Elder Herman and Sister Laura Jones.
In 1978, El Bethel was reopened on Overton Road in Dallas, TX. El Bethel was often referred to as the children's church, because there were more youth than adults. Many souls were saved, deliverd, and set free at this location. Ad time went by, the Lord started adding to the church. Pastor Ingram decided it was time to rebuild, because the edifice could no longer accomodate the memebers. In 1990, property was purchased on Oxbow Lane. While the new edifice was being built, we continued to have service on Overton Rd. In 1996, Pastor Ingram received a call from the late Superintendent W.E. Roberts to go and reconstruct a church in Midlothian, TX. Pastor Ingram, along with the brotherhood, went down to Midlothian and completely remodeled the church. He renamed that church Powerhouse COGIC. Pastor Ingram pastored El Bethel and Powerhouse churches from 1996-1998, and in 1998 combined both churches.
In 1999, the edifice on Oxbow Ln was not completely finished, but was finished enough to have a Pastoral Anniversary service. In 2000, the doors of the El Bethel church in its new location were officially opened. Pastor Ingram, lead by the Holy Ghost, purchased the property next door to the new edifice in 2003 to help fulfill the vision God had given him for the ministry.
On December 22, 2000, Missionary Gwendolyn Ingram was called home to be with the Lord. Pastor Ingram continued to believe and trust in God. On September 13, 2010, Pastor Ingram was called home to be with the Lord. During the time his health began to fail, he was training Elder Albert L. McCullar in Pastoral duties and responsibilities. After the demise of Pastor Ingram, Elder McCullar carried on the church and pastoral duties as appointed. On January 22, 2012, Elder Albert L. McCullar was officially installed as Pastor of El Bethel COGIC.
El Bethel has been blessed to have had such great leaders as our founders. Our founders loved and believed in the Lord with all their heart, and the members of the El Bethel COGIC will always love, cherish, and remember them.
A.L. McCullar III
Elder Albert L. McCullar III was born to the parentage of the late Albert L. McCullar Jr. and Evangelist Eva McCullar Lee. His mother asked the Lord for a son, and if he blessed her with a son, she would give him back to the Lord. The Lord did just that and blessed her with Elder McCullar.
Elder McCullar was born and raised in Dallas, TX. Being raised as a preacher's kid, he learned how to play the drums and lead guitar. At a later age, he learned to play the piano and organ. He graduated from A. Maceo Smith High School. He furthered his education at DeVry Institute, North Lake College, and ITT Technical Institute.
In July of 1989, he married Bernadette Ingram, and two children, Eva Michelle and Aldren Ladell McCullar, we born to this union. Elder McCullar accepted his call to the ministry in 1991. His first "official message" was entitled "The Road Map". He was ordained as an Elder in 1998 in the Texas Northeast 1st Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. Elder McCullar was a faithful steward to the late founder of El Bethel, Elder Andrew Ingram, and the church.
Elder McCullar was known as the baby preacher, often referred to as the young man with an old soul. He teaches and preaches holy living as he was instructed to do by God and our late founder.