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Our Humble Beginnings
Bethel World Outreach Ministries was founded in August 1990, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with Dr. and Mrs. Darlingston G. Johnson, as its founding pastors. The first service was held at Blackburn Center, Howard University with 17 persons present. A few months later, the church relocated to the Armory Place in Silver Spring, Maryland, and then in 1992, it moved into its current facility at 8242 Georgia Avenue.
How We've Grown
Our growth has been steady and significant. In 2007, we opened a new location in Clarksburg, Maryland (Bethel North), meeting at the Clarksburg High School, to meet the needs of the community in upper Montgomery County. Then in 2009, we acquired and renovated a YMCA building in the heart of the Montgomery Village Shopping Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland and moved our Clarksburg services there. That facility is now known as The City of Hope Cultural Center. It is also called Bethel North.
Our Hopeful Future
Today, more than 2500 members from over 51 countries around the world attend our services regularly. We are reaching out to nations and demonstrating the love of Christ by establishing local churches in needy areas, conducting evangelistic and revival meetings, building schools, training centers, and clinics, providing humanitarian services to the needy, investing in economic empowerment projects, and developing capable leaders for the global harvest!