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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  • by come on on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    I attend ET, and Brother Mike has never ONCE asked the congregation for a specific amount. He has always presented the need, and the congregation has provided. He dreads making the pleas to the congregation, but it's GOD'S HOUSE. We don't give to him (Brother Mike) or even the church itself, but we give to God. That's why I don't mind giving.
  • by IM OVER IT on Apr 13, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    MY POINT WAS THE PASTOR AT MY CHURCH HAS NEVER MADE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO GIVE A RIDICULOUS AMT OF MONEY HE HAS FAITH THAT THE CHURCH WILL BE PROVIDED FOR WITHOUT BEGGING.... AND THEY ARE STILL BLESSED...NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR A PREACHER BEG FOR MONEY FOR HIS BIG OVERSIZED CHURCH.... AND I AM NOT STUPID I KNOW TO TITHE 10% AND THAT ANYTHING AFTER THAT IS A GIFT.... I AM NOT JUDGING I JUST SIMPLY GAVE MY OPINION AND STATE THAT ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE TURNED AWAY FROM THIS CHURCH BECAUSE OF THEIR MONEY HUNGRY WAYS !!!!
  • by Get OVER IT! on Apr 9, 2010 at 10:37 PM
    I'm not representing ET. Why don't you worry about yourself. I have friends there and I see nothing wrong with what they are doing but what you are doing is judging which is clearly stated in the bible as wrong! Let he who throws the first stone be without sin. You know who said that? Because I see you and many others throwing stones at Evangle Temple and you need to worry about your own lives and own church. Does it even matter to you that 1,500 hundred people was at church there Sat and Sun? No, because all you focus on is something that you don't agree with. I hate to tell you that 1,500 hundred people didn't have a problem with it and because you obviously have no tie's to this church then your opinion really does't matter. And by the way you owe God 10% as a tithe but anything after that is a gift to him. You don't have to stop at 10%. Great things are going on at ET and I am happy for them!
  • by JEALOUS ??? on Apr 8, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    WHAT IS THERE TO BE JEALOUS OVER??? A CHURCH THAT BEGS FOR MONEY OR A CHURCH ( MY CHURCH ) THAT CONSTANTLY DOING GOOD WORKS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND TEACHING THE WORD IN A WAY THAT MAKES YOU HUNGRY FOR MORE....MY MAIN POINT HERE WAS THAT THIS CHURCH COMES OFF TO BE MORE ABOUT MATERIAL THINGS LIKE RAISING MONEY TO BUILD ON INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THE WORD OF CHRIST.... FOR ANY PASTOR TO GET UP IN FRONT OF A CONGREGATION AND SAY TAKE OUT YOUR CHECK BOOKS AND WRITE THIS AMOUNT DOWN IS WRONG!!!!!!! IF EVERYONE IN THE CHURCH TITHES AS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO THEN THE PASTOR SHOULDNT HAVE TO BE BEGGING FOR EVERYONE TO GIVE.... THE FOCUS SHOULD BE ON THE WORD AND THERE WOULD BE MORE TIME TO FOCUS ON THE WORD !!!! NO ONE GOES TO CHURCH TO CONSTANTLY DISCUSS HOW MUCH MONEY NEEDS TO BE RAISED AND HOW MUCH MORE MONEY THEY NEED EVERY SUNDAY FOR YEARS .... AND WITH THE COMMENTS YOU MADE BELOW YOU ARE NOT REPRESENTING ET ANY BETTER THAN YOUR PASTOR!
  • by Jealous Much? on Apr 5, 2010 at 08:55 PM
    I was at a play ET put on about 3 months ago and 400 people stood for salvation. 400 People! How many in your church in the last year? Don't get me wrong, one is as good as 400 in God's eye's but before you talk about the desire's of ET you may want to think about that. All these comments I see seem to be more about material concerns and that leads me to believe alot of you are a little jealous. Maybe your church was the biggest, maybe your church doesn't have enough members to add on, maybe some of your members decided to try ET out and never came back. Get over it! ET is growing and good for them. I read 1,600 was there Sunday? WOW! Sounds like they needed the extra space. Another thing, I personally would rather give to a church and see where the money goes than give money and watch the pastor ride around in a BMW and live in a 500,000 house! Mike Boles drives an 8 year old generic Ford pickup and a very common home. Check yourselves and get over your jealousy!
  • by Jealous Much? on Apr 5, 2010 at 08:35 PM
    First, you have no idea the income of that church. know a member there that has a net worth way in the millions. Don't make assumptions on thing you know nothing about.If your numbers were right everyone there would make 10,000 a year. The verse in Acts that you are refering to,if taken litterally,would mean no one should worship in any church built by hands and should be outside because every church I know of was built by hands! "Mega" churches and small churches. He asked for $2,000 dollars you say? WHO CARES? Did you give? Of course you didn't. I'm pretty sure he didn't have a gun to anyone's head. Sound's to me like your church, and i say that loosely, probably has trouble putting a new door knob on with members like you. And your ignorant remarks about visitor parking is just ridiculous. Every church has a visitors parking, meet and greet, or information pamplet. Your just reaching to find a negative comment. How many people have been saved in your church in the last year?
  • by This explains it better than me on Apr 5, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    Campaigns that equate building larger churches synonymously with building the temple of God! The scriptures declare in Acts 17: 24 that "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands." So I ask the question, who is benefiting from the building of these "mega" facilities - God or man? The church's need for "super sizing" reminds me of the thought-pattern of the rich man, who decided to tear down his barn and build "bigger" barns so that he would have "good things" laid up for years (Luke 12:18). Selfishly, the more he obtained; the more he wanted! Now, let me interject, I do not have a issue with a church, that has outgrown its facilities, making plans to accommodate its expanding congregation; but, for what reason should a 500-member congregation build a facility that seats 5,000 members? Or, why would a congregation with a gross income of $500,000 a year pledge to pay for a 20-million $ church?? -http://ezinearticles.com
  • by Julie Location: Meridian on Apr 5, 2010 at 02:37 PM
    For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 5:10 Way to go ET!! You will receive blessings beyond your hearts desire for the good works you do & countless lost souls you touch through your ministry!! And for those of you who call yourselves Christians yet have placed judgement on the whole-hearted followers of Christ at ET, shame on you! Do you believe you are devoting your life to be a witness for the Lord by condeming a church just for doing things differently than you?? I pray that the Lord will remove the hatred from your heart so that you may experience the same glorious joy for the love of Jesus Christ as the people of ET. They are changing peoples lives now and for eternity through their ministry and through the love and miraculous sacrifice of Jesus Christ!
  • by What about the $2k donation? on Apr 5, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    One Sunday morning I was flipping channels and stopped on the ET surmon and the preacher had one hand on his heart and the other in the air and said "The Lord is telling me right now for everyone here and everyone watching to get out their checkbook and write a check for $2,000 and send it to us for our new building! WHAT!!! Is that NOT begging? I go to church but really thought that was a little OVERBOARD!! Never have I heard of anyone doing that. I also notice they had a sign for visitor parking this past weekend. Isn't everyone a member of God or is that just for the ones that gave their $2,000?
  • by Phillip on Apr 4, 2010 at 09:14 PM
    And you are definetly CONFUSED if you took what I said and turned it to say he was begging! Never once has he begged. Our church has raised almost 7 million dollars because we THE CHURCH know it's for the right reason. If you are content with the tighth you give at church, GOOD FOR YOU, if you give one that is. To be honest I don't know why I even enduldge in explaining my feelings with you people at all. It just infuriates me to no end how other christians can speak the way they do about other churchs. Another reason why I am glad that I am a member of a Non-denomination church. I personally don't understand how people can worship and not raise their hands in church. But I would never say that they are any less important or less worthy in the eye's of God. There was over 1,500 people at the church Saturday and close to that Sunday. I wonder what God views as more important. That or you people's feelings about the size of our chuch and the way it is being paid for.
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