The Bible states in Romans 13:8, "Owe no man anything, except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law". In Proverbs, the writer admonishes that the borrower is servant to the lender. A bevy of other scriptures also support the notion that God does not want His children to be in debt. Therefore, we rejoice with a household of faith, when they are able to pay off their mortgage as Dabar Bethlehem Cathedral will be doing this coming Sunday.
Bishop H. Curtis Douglas is the Senior Pastor of Dabar Bethlehem Cathedral in Queens Village, New York, and the Overseer of Dabar Ministries. Bishop Douglas was ordained to the Presbytery in 1990 by the late Archbishop Wilbert S. McKinley. In 1998, he took a step of faith and started Dabar Worship Center in Brooklyn, New York. In October 2007, Bishop Donald Hilliard, II consecrated Bishop Douglas to the Episcopacy. He serves on the Episcopal Council of the Covenant Ecumenical Fellowship and Cathedral Assemblies (CEFCA) as General Treasurer.
In January 2010, after 50 years of pastoring, Overseer Stanley M. Kidd and Pastor Lenore Kidd initiated a meeting with Bishop and Lady Douglas, to discuss the future of Bethlehem Missionary Church located in Queens Village, New York. After a series of meetings, and understanding this to be the mind of God, it was agreed that the two churches would be engrafted. It was decided that there would be one church in one location with one Senior Pastor, Bishop H. Curtis Douglas. Overseer and Pastor Kidd would serve as Pastors Emeritus.
In April 2010, meetings ensued to discuss plans for the engrafting; praying and deliberating the best way to merge Dabar Worship Center and Bethlehem Missionary Church. Both churches announced to their respective congregations, plans to merge the ministries, and talks continued over the summer to discuss the new organizational structure, ministries and departments, new by-laws, the yearly calendar of church events, and the engrafting service.
On October 2, 2010, the engrafting service was held and Dabar Bethlehem Cathedral (DBC) was birthed. On Sunday, October 3rd, Bishop Douglas addressed the congregation for the first time as the new Pastor, thanking Overseer and Pastor Kidd and exhorting his congregation. His first sermon was ‘The Place God Has Prepared’ taken from Joshua 2.
Dabar Bethlehem Cathedral’s mission statement proclaims that this local church body is “dedicated to developing balanced people of God, who will advance the kingdom of God; committed to touching lives with God’s love and changing generations with God’s Word.” DBC is devoted to monthly ministries in prisons and nursing homes, and serve the hungry and homeless through The Heart of Compassion ministry.
"I've never attended one before. Awesome to be part of such a thing. Looking to God to do similar miracle with 'our' mortgage." -- Elder Sheryl Joe, DBC
DBC supports several missionaries in Africa, Guyana, Jamaica, and the United States. Each year missionary teams travel throughout the world. For 2013, four trips were scheduled: Belize in June, Grenada in July, Jamaica in August, and throughout France in September.
In June, 2013, Bishop announced to the congregation that DBC will be burning its mortgage in August 2013; six years ahead of schedule! The news spread quickly, and the air is charged with excitement and anticipation. We stand in awe of the goodness and faithfulness of God. A mortgage burning service celebrating this historic event will be held on Sunday, August 25th at 5:00 p.m.
"This is going to be an AWESOME celebration, you don't want to miss this service!!! LOOK WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE...See you there." -- Elder Tyrone Zimmerman, DBC
An excellent group of Elders support Bishop Douglas’ vision and help to administrate this great work: Rev. Sandra Manning, Associate Pastor, Rev. Yvette Alphonsus, Rev. Sheryl Joe, Rev. Alfred Manning, Rev. Joan Scott-Dixon, Rev. Clinton Steadman, and Rev. Tyrone Zimmerman.
All are welcomed to attend the celebration. Be prepared with a praise as DBC gives thanks to God for all He has done.