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. Pastor Meares had never witnessed the numerous healing miracles of God and the thousands of people coming to hear God’s Word. 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.