Bethel Cleveland History
Bethel Cleveland began in September of 1996. Steve and Cindy Witt and their four children came from New Brunswick, Canada to Cleveland to plant a new church. Bethel Cleveland started in Brunswick and was planted by an unusual strategy. Fifty radio ads were purchased to search out those who loved God, but were not going to church. As a result, 92 people showed up for a Friday night meeting and quickly grew, causing a need to move north out of Brunswick to Middleburg Hts.
The church went through some nomadic years, meeting in various locations, primarily at Big Creek Elementary School and Tri-City Senior Center. Along the way, our staff grew, strategies shifted and leaders were raised up. Outreaches included Servant Evangelism (free give-aways of products and services), chili cook-offs, festivals, Evangelism Explosion training, Ronald McDonald House, Passion film, Oldies Night, and many others. Teams have been sent out on short term training to over 30 nations including Norway, Australia, England, Iceland, Mexico, Philippines and others. Over 30 water wells have been dug in Kenya and Tanzania. Bethel also has a transformational outreach with over 40 people in Cleveland neighborhood, Slavic Village.
Bethel Cleveland has focused on “Every Member Involvement,” training volunteer members in ministry teams, healing, prophetic, freedom, worship and others. Many have come for a season and been sent back to encourage their base churches. Partnerships have been formed to help urban churches through financial giving and human resources.
Presently, Bethel Cleveland has been blessed with several beautiful properties, located in highly visible areas. The former Grace Church and Greater Cleveland Christian School building, located on Bagley Road in Middleburg Hts., was purchased in the late spring of 2004, and serves as a ministry base for operations. A twenty-one acre farm on Interstate 71 in Brunswick Hills was purchased the same year and is the home of Bethel’s Brunswick location, which includes a new church building and our prayer house. In September of 2011, Bethel launched its third campus in Akron, Ohio and purchased a former Catholic church building to house it. As a church, our dream is to see the spiritual transformation of individuals leading to a transformation of Ohio and beyond.
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