Our church began as Crown Heights Gospel Tabernacle, also known as “the hole in the wall”, located at 1421 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. During the early 70’s, the church was under the leadership of Pastor Harris and then Pastor Sawyer. After both pastors moved on in ministry, Pastor Edwin James was installed as pastor.
Under his leadership, the church moved to its current location, 320 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. As we continued to grow, Crown Heights Gospel Tabernacle, being affiliated with (Bethel Gospel Tabernacle), Jamaica, New York decided to become an independent ministry, thus, changing our name to Crown Heights Gospel Church, Inc.
During the 80’s and 90’s, we experienced many highs and lows – some of our members relocated to different states. However, there were lots of marriages, babies being born and members renewing their relationships with God. During that time, we were able to establish three additional churches, (Kissimmee Pentecostal Assembly in Florida; Decatur Pentecostal Assembly in Georgia; and, Missionary Church of Faith in Brooklyn). As a result of this church growth, in 1999, Reverend Edwin James was consecrated the Bishop of the Pentecostal Gospel Fellowship.
In 2004, after a long illness, Bishop Edwin James went home to be with the Lord. (May God rest his soul). He is sorely missed. “The ministry has to go on”, he would say. In 2004, his wife, Monica James, became our new pastor. Under her leadership, the Executive Board was expanded with the selection of a new Elder and Deacon. In addition, new converts were accepted into the ministry.
In 2010, our church experienced transition, during this time the church remained strong, moving in the direction of divine guidance. On February 12, 2012 the membership elected Elder Cyprian Joseph to be our new pastor. A new season of God has begun in Crown Heights Gospel Church.
Although the faith of Crown Heights Gospel Church has been tested, we are here today continuing the work of the Lord by His Grace, Love and Mercy towards us. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:28-31