In Loving Memory
Elder Gyden Camp
In Loving Memory
Elder Evelyn Williams
In 1973, in the town of Cedar Haven, Maryland a lady by the name of Clarice Johnson began to seek God through prayer for someone to minister to her and her children. God hearing her prayer, answered her prayer by preparing an Elder to make his way to her and her family to begin his ministry. In June of 1974 Elder Gyden Camp, Jr., Evangelist Evelyn Williams, and Evangelist Estel Owen, went to Cedar Haven to begin the great legacy which would become "The Glorious Church". In the early days of the church, services where held in the home on Deacon Moses Thompson. A godly man who opened his home to be used as a place of worship. It was there that Sister Clarice Johnson and her family, along with the Cotton family, began to hold service under the Pastoral-ship of Elder Gyden Camp, Jr. In 1983 Elder Camp was joined by his beloved wife and niece in ministry. During this time Elder Camp began to seek God for a name for their ministry, and while in prayer his 3 year old niece Latisha, spoke and said, why not call it "The Glorious Church?" Out of the mouth of a child, God gave Elder Camp the name of the church. As the ministry began to grow, the Lord blessed and allowed all the families to move from Cedar Haven Maryland, to Washington, DC. For a short time, they held services at Brother Paul and Loretta Washingtons house, until Bishop Hugh Gray opened up his church for them to hold services in 1990.
"Meeting the needs of the people where they are!"
After a short stay at Bishop Gray's the church begin to rent a building at 1205 K Street, Northeast where the church was incorporated in 1991. It was at this location where the ministry grew and went beyond the walls of the church to reach the lost in the community. Outreach became a big part of the church's ministry during this time. The church would host Vacation Bible School every summer, which drew many young people from the surrounding neighborhood. The Church also hosted numerous community activities in an effort to spread the gospel. From all the outreach and street ministering, the vision for the Glorious Church was birth. The founding Pastor and its members decided "Meeting the needs of the People where they are," would be their mission and vision for this ministry. Taking the ministry to the streets to lead the lost to Jesus became the heart beat and breath of the church. The church went through another transition when it obtained a building for worship located at 314 Randolph Place NE, Washington, DC. It was at this time that Elder Camp and Elder Williams begin to see a shift in their membership, the youth begin to pack the church and embrace the ministry. During his time as the Senior Pastor Elder Camp strived to preach Love, Praise and Worship to his members. He not only preached this on Sundays, he lived it everyday of his life. He had the unique ability to see beyond a persons current state and into God's plan for their life. He would always say, dont look at a person for who they are now, look at them for what they are going to become. He encouraged and uplifted his members, and was the one who pushed them to become what God was calling them to be. In early November 2006, Elder Camp was called home to be with the Lord. He left another great founder to carry on the ministry, Elder Evelyn Williams. She also lived a life that personified what came out of her mouth every Sunday. Elder Williams ministry was one of correction through Love. She invested the very treasures and gifts the Lord had given her, to those who were under her tutelage and those who came into her presence. During her time as Senior Pastor of the ministry, in her own way she was preparing her members for what was to come. She would always preach "You are an over comer". In September of 2009 she was called home to be with the Lord, but God did not leave us with out a leader.
"A New Generation"
In November 2009 Pastor Allen Williams and Pastor Theresa Ellis were ordained the new Pastors and Co-Pastor of The Glorious Church. In God's unique and creative way, he allowed a brother and sister to start the ministry and have placed another brother and sister to continue on with the legacy.
Restoring God's plan by reconciling souls to Christ one soul at a time allows us to meet the needs of the people where they are...