Evangel Temple Opens New Home

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

More than six years ago, Evangel Temple broke ground on its new sanctuary.
Now, it's complete and ready for an Easter celebration.

"What we do for God, we do the best we can. And I would rival what we have here to what they do in New York or Vegas, because we really felt like if you are going to do something for God, let's do it big," said church member Dusty Culpepper.

Not only is the church stunningly beautiful, but it also boasts some pretty impressive technical elements as well. Along with traditional church services, members of Evangel Temple worship through theatrical productions. So this structure is a church and the largest theater in Meridian, with the ability to seat around 3,000 people.

"We've held dramas for 20 years in a small theater that seats 700, so we packed out a lot and wanted to built a larger one," said the rev. Mike Boles, pastor of Evangel Temple.

The 100,000 square foot structure includes one of the largest stages in the state, a state-of-the-art sound system, appropriate lighting, and plenty of space.

Church membership is currently around 500, but leaders believe that number will grow.

"We are going to go out and compel those to come that are not going to a church anywhere, and it's going to be a great experience," said Boles.

But from the beginning, members say this has been a humbling story of people believing in the power of God to see a project through, 6 years and $19 million later.

"Our church really rallied behind us doing this," said Culpepper. "They saw the times we had to turn people away and they also saw we needed to expand."

A healing services will be held at the church Friday at 6 p.m. A special Easter drama will be presented Saturday at 6 p.m., and then the church will hold its Easter Sunday service at 10:30 a.m.

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