You are welcome at El Bethel Church, no matter what your story is or what brought you here. At El Bethel Church, we believe in reaching people where they are and leading them to full devotion in Jesus Christ. We hope you’ll join us on a Sunday morning or evening to experience a phenomenal time of worship.
When you arrive, please park in our designated guest areas in the front of the campus. Then head towards our front entrance and someone from our Host Team will greet you and guide you through your next steps, whether that’s checking in children to their age-appropriate classrooms, stopping by the our welcome desk in the lobby or finding a seat in the auditorium. After that, just sit back and enjoy the worship experience. Stick around after the service to meet our pastor, Norris Gordon, during an informal meet and greet.
After several years of laboring faithfully in the church that he attended with his family in Tampa, FL, Pastor Gordon began to feel the call of God to pastor and a strong burden for the area of Clair Mel City. While in prayer, Pastor Gordon received a vision from the Lord which directed him to stand before the people and “take them to the mountain top.” Pastor Gordon sought the Lord for confirmation of his will and was led by the Holy Ghost to Genesis 35:7. It was from this scripture that the name of the church was derived-- El-Bethel means “The God of the house.”
Together with his wife, First Lady Doreen Gordon, El-Bethel Tabernacle opened its doors in 1998 with a total of five people in attendance. During those first few months, services were held in the living room of Pastor and Sis. Gordon’s home. By the grace of God and the use of effective evangelism through Home Bible Studies, the congregation began to grow and in a matter of only a few months, the need to relocate was evident.
In the spring of that year, the church relocated to the former Milner Hotel on 50th St. in Tampa. Thus began a time of unprecedented growth as the Lord took the congregation from sixteen to an average attendance of over forty people in less than six months. It was also during this time that property was purchased in the Clair Mel city area in the hopes of one day building a permanent church.
After about a year at the Milner Hotel, the need again presented itself for a new building. In an effort to move closer to the city of his original calling, Pastor Gordon relocated the church to a community center a few miles from the church’s property. Services were held at the community center while a modular building was being constructed on the church property that could hold the growing congregation. After only a month, El-Bethel Tabernacle was relocated to a modular building at its current location on 78th St.
As a result of the grace, mercy, and favor of God, the vision of our Pastor and his family, and the faithfulness of the saints, El-Bethel Tabernacle was able to construct a permanent building which was dedicated October 9, 2004.
Today, El-Bethel Tabernacle continues to be a thriving church in the community. With its many ministries designed to reach out to the lost, hopeless, and needy, El-Bethel Tabernacle has become a beacon of hope to the cities of Clair Mel, Brandon, Riverview, Valrico and Tampa. On any given Sunday, people of all races and nationalities can be found lifting their hands together in worship to the One true and living God who is above all, and through all, and in us all. Join us while we continue to CONNECT, GROW, and REACH.
We seek to CONNECT people of all races, ethnicities and cultures, to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We endeavor to GROW stronger relationships through fellowship, corporate prayer, personal bible study, devotion, and life changing teaching and preaching.
We want to REACH those within our walls and throughout the world by effective evangelism, community outreach and the support of global missions.
Want to know a bit more about who we are? Check out our Staff and Leadership below. Also, you’re invited to stick around after a Sunday morning service for an informal meet and greet with our Senior & Associate Pastors in the front lobby. Stop by to say hi and give us an opportunity to meet you.