Bethel Unspeakable Joy Christian Fellowship Church, Inc.

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In 1945, while serving as Assistant Minister of House of Prayer United Holy Church of America, Inc. (1432 E. 25th Street, Los Angeles, CA) pastored by Elder H.D. Green, the Holy Spirit spoke to the late Daisy L. Houston, bearing the message of expansion. God gave vision for a unique ministry for the youth.

Being assured by the Holy Spirit to build a church, Daisy, her husband (Deacon Oscar Houston), and others opened a mission located at 1666 E. 41st Street in Los Angeles, CA. The name was Little Bethel United Holy Church of America, Inc.

Through a very faithful bus ministry, many young people came into the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and the mission became too small to accommodate the services.

In 1955, a lot on the corner of 87th Place and Central Avenue was purchased and a building used to repair trucks was purchased and moved there. After hard work and many hours of prayer and fasting, the building was made ready for worship and service to God.

In 1965, Pastor Daisy L. Houston, realizing failing health, recommended her son to be the next pastor. The church approved, and Rev. Ralph H. Houston, Sr. became the next pastor of Little Bethel United Holy Church of America, Inc.

In 1968, the Lord said to Rev. Daisy L. Houston, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” God chose to bring Daisy into His presence for eternity.

The challenge for 1976 was fifty-two (52) new members. God gave fifty-three (53). Praise God! Pastor Ralph Houston knew God had unleashed a vision for growth.

By February 1979, the vision to enlarge the church for future growth became a reality. A three hundred thousand dollar ($300,000.00) improvement program began, and by early 1980, it was completed at a cost of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00). The membership caught the vision and had a mind to work and give, physically and financially as God instructed. The improvement was made without a mortgage. The church was remodeled and an educational wing was added. To God be the glory!

The membership grew from 45 to 325. The Church property value increased from $50,000.00 to $400,000.00. Two mission homes and a lot for parking spaces were purchased. It was then acknowledged – we were no longer Little Bethel United Holy Church of America, Inc., but Bethel United Holy Church, Inc. In the midst of our physical expansion, we were blessed to have our pastor consecrated to the Office of Bishop.

1984 brought a new and exciting vision for our senior citizens. A sixteen (16) unit senior citizen complex project was presented. The challenge was accepted and the work began.

In 1985, God called Bishop Ralph H. Houston to serve in the Missions Department of the General Board of the Original United Holy Church International.  On May 14, 1986, God made His selection for the third pastor. On Sunday, June 22, 1986, Rev. Leroy Harris, a long time faithful member, was installed as pastor of Bethel United Holy Church, Inc.

Pastor Harris began leadership of 350 members, plus property valued at over one and one half million dollars ($1,500,000.00). The Daisy Houston Manor Senior Citizens Complex was completed. During his years of leadership, Pastor Harris enhanced the direction of Bethel’s vision.  The ministry of Bethel began to show evidence of God’s presence, power, and glory through his leadership. The vision of Pastor Harris, to “Reach Out

World for Christ,” challenged everyone to get busy in our work for Christ. Pastor Harris heard from God and in November 1993, planted the Upper Room Church of God.

Monday, September 6, 1993, God called Pastor Carol Houston to senior pastoral leadership. She shared the vision with Pastor Harris and Bishop Houston. She was given their blessings and support for the vision of Unspeakable Joy Christian Fellowship Church.

It was this vision that God would plant at Bethel United Holy Church. Thus, Bethel Unspeakable Joy Christian Fellowship Church emerged.

On Sunday, January 2, 1994, Elder Carol Houston was presented to Bethel United Holy Church, Inc. as its fourth pastor.

The vision is “Every member is called by God to be front-line in His army; therefore every member is a leader.” We choose to be on the battlefield of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is Lord! Our mission is to love and serve our community.

We are excited and enthused about God’s power working through our lives as we yield ourselves to Him. We are committed to weekly corporate prayer and eating Spiritual food from God’s table at least twice per week.

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