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History

HISTORY
FOUNDED IN 1955

It was the late John L. Meares and his obedience to hearing the inner voice of the Holy Spirit that the Evangel Cathedral was birthed.  Pastor Meares, along with his wife Mary Lee Meares, left a thriving church in Memphis, Tennessee to come to Washington, D.C.  He heard God say, “I am sending you to a people that are hungry for the Gospel.”  Knowing no one in Washington, D.C., in July 1955, he relocated his family by faith totally persuaded that he had heard from God. A massive tent was erected on the grounds that later became the parking lot for the JFK football stadium.   Preaching alongside the late Reverend Jack Coe in an evangelistic tent revival meeting that lasted several weeks. Never had he experienced thousands of people coming to hear God’s Word and witness the numerous miracles of healings.  Pastor Meares was preaching to a predominantly black congregation attending the tent revival.  He realized that these were the people that God said were hungry for the Gospel. 

In March 1989, Bishop John L. Meares passed the torch of leadership.  He consecrated his son, Donald D. Meares, as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Cathedral.  Pastor Don accepted his calling to lead his generation to impart the vision and destiny of the church.  The church continued to grow and flourish.  In 2001, with a seating capacity of 2,500, the cathedral edifice was dedicated to worship the Lord. The Evangel Cathedral family has been blessed and highly favored by the Lord. 

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BELIEFS

The Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to all people.  It was written by men under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It has stood the test of time.  It was relevant when originally written and it is just as relevant to our lives today.


Trinity
There is one God, yet He exists as three persons:  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.   Each member of the Trinity serves different functions.  Each member of the Trinity possesses their own power and authority


The Father
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.


The Son
Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life.


The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.


Eternity
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.


Man
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.


Salvation
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.


The Church
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.