On November 16, 1989 the Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church was organized under the leadership of the Reverend Albert Roy Tibbs, Jr. The first organizational meeting was held at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, where the Reverend Oveal Walker, III is the Pastor.
On that evening, there were 289 individuals who gathered to consolidate their efforts in forming a fellowship that would worship together and give leadership in the community. Because the church did not have an edifice in which to worship, they were allowed to conduct their services in the Community Funeral Chapel Facility on East Lucas. Mrs. JoAnn Comeaux graciously consented to this arrangement until the church was able to obtain its own building. The first Worship Service of the newly formed Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church was held on Sunday, November 19, 1989.
A second organizational meeting was held in the Community Funeral Chapel, with the Reverend R. D. Carrington, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, and Moderator of the Eastern Progressive District Association, along with Reverend Oveal Walker, III, Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and Moderator of Trinity Valley District Association. After the observance of basic Baptist polity, the Resolution of Organization was read and adopted. Two hundred eighty-nine (289) believers in Jesus Christ signed the charter establishing this church. The members of Cathedral of Faith worshipped in the Community Funeral Chapel for a relatively short time, (November 19, 1989 – February 4, 1990) due in part to the dedication and commitment of its charter members. On February 11, 1990, the church moved into its first facility, located at 1180 Washington Boulevard, Beaumont, Texas. In the progressive mode that has characterized this church since its inception, properties surrounding the church were purchased and utilized to further serve the congregation and community.
On October 18, 1993, a meeting was held in which Pastor Tibbs announced to the congregation that he was resigning his Pastoral position to pursue the establishment of another ministry.
By this time the church had flourished, and experienced a tremendous influx of individuals. Upon sharing his decision with the congregation, Pastor Tibbs quickly aided in the formation of a Pastoral Search Committee. Based upon the recommendation of Pastor Tibbs, the church met with Reverend Delbert Allen Mack, Sr. in hopes of finding the Pastor who would lead them. After one meeting and his delivery of sermons to the congregation, it was evident that his qualifications and persona were outstanding. The transition of the Pastorate was of such a nature, that the church was never without a pastor for one day, a great accomplishment for the church. Pastor Mack assumed the pastorate on January 7, 1994, and the Installation Services were held on April 10, 1994, thus becoming the church’s second Pastor.
Under the dynamic and divinely inspired leadership of Pastor Mack, the Cathedral of Faith Church has experienced phenomenal growth in every area of ministry. In an effort to better meet the needs of its parishioners, Pastor Mack successfully brought the staff ministry concept to the church and hired full time employees to assist in the ministerial and administrative duties necessary in the day-to-day operations of the church and its facilities.
On the first Sunday in August of 1999 we marched into our new Family Life Center. This 17,000 square feet hybrid, which houses our worship services, has also been used to facilitate other events such as conferences, banquets, workshops, business expos, Super Saturday for Youth, recreational activities, luncheons and concerts.
Less than one year later, God in His awesome and benevolent grace allowed our fellowship to erect the Cathedral of Faith Christian Training Center, which is strategically located between the Family Life Center and the Recreational Area where the Baseball Diamond is positioned. This 22,000 square foot multi-faceted facility is equipped with a commercial kitchen and also houses Children’s Church, a nursery (for ages birth – three years), a computer lab, Christian education classes and other similar activities. In an effort to reach out to the community, our facilities are also used to host Beaumont Independent School District GED classes and ITC (Interdenominational Theological Center) Seminary classes. The finishing touches on our parking lots and connecting foyer between the buildings were completed and now, under the vision of our Pastor we will undertake the building of our sanctuary which is the third and final phase. We purchased and remodeled the Annex Building, formerly Mercy Funeral Home, and it now houses our media center, a worship chapel, a prayer chapel, offices and storage rooms. We also renovated the Community Discount Store into a fellowship hall and built an addition that is used as an Outreach building for our various ministries. Additional land was purchased at the corner of Edmond and Fannett for future church growth.
On January 4, 2009, we were blessed with the induction of our beautiful Sanctuary! At approximately 38,000 square feet, our new sanctuary was built for the growth of God’s Kingdom. The addition of our edifice has expanded our campus size to 90,000 square feet!
Not content to rest on our laurels or the vision that has been written so that we might run with it, Pastor Mack is leading the Church to MAXIMIZE OUR POTENTIAL IN CHRIST. Pastor’s desire, as the Holy Spirit leads him, is to lead every member into the identification of his or her gift and then persuade them to use it to the glory of God. Pastor Mack has organizationally restructured the ministry, and the newly founded Equipping Ministry is being instituted to facilitate growth and membership care.
Currently, Cathedral of Faith offers 42 various ministries that seek to produce the whole-person concept in the lives of the individuals and community it serves. It is the belief of the Pastor that through the teaching of God’s Word, the transformation necessary for growth and development will continue well into the 21st Century.