Emmanuel Church for All People, started with a young man in the 60’s, who started having some very interesting dreams. He saw himself preaching in a robe to a huge congregation. And, he felt this feeling of unlimited power. His body was illuminated. It was at that time, at the age of sixteen that Apostle William Beebe realized he was called for a higher purpose. GOD made a covenant with him, and there was no turning back.
After that dream, the spirit moved him to the Manhattan Bible Institute. Although he was the youngest Evangelist there, the teachers saw something special in him. But, just like today, traditional school can only teach you so much. The books and lessons would guide him, but they couldn’t show him how to do the job. No, that knowledge is only gained with experience. After long hours, days and nights, preaching to people all over the world. Like in the Bahamas, preaching to the poor and hungry, and dealing with hunger pains himself. He didn’t sit comfortably at a posh resort, he decided to be in the trenches with the poor. Those experiences were similar to his experiences in the South, at Mount Sinai Church of GOD in Charleston South Carolina, where he became their National Evangelist. And although he was in the East, preaching in Brooklyn, where Ben Vereen was among the congregation that heard his first sermon titled “Are you doing your job?”, or supporting the Ministry at Friendship Baptist church, the experiences were the same as they were in the South or in the Caribbean. He fought for people who needed to believe. People wanted to know how to overcome the pain, and what path would lead to a better place. And most importantly, they all asked, “Where is GOD?”
All these experiences shaped him, and made him. It reminded him of a revelation he had. “The experiences GOD allows you to go through in life are not meant to break you. They are meant to make you.” And, there were many experiences that felt like they would have broken him. Like the day a prominent Pastor, Bishop Daniels died. And, on his death bed the Pastor grabbed a hold of his hand and told him, that he was now the new Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. But, after the word got out, half the congregation protested. They shouted, “How could an outsider, an Elder from another church come in here and become our Pastor.” They fought him with vengeance, but he became the Pastor and preached there anyway. The half that could not accept this change went their separate way.
This was not the last time that he experienced this negative resistance. He found, on many occasions, some of our oldest traditions divide us, instead of uniting us. As he thought about all the years traveling and preaching the Gospel, one place stood out. The Bahamas.
The people there were so poor. And he was also in a place of need. He called out to GOD. “Why did you have me come here? What is my purpose? I watch people living lavish lifestyles and carrying buckets of money preaching their prosperity Gospel, while we starve. We are tired and weary, and I feel like I can’t go on any longer. Where are you?” Then GOD said to him, “I have been there from the beginning. I have never left you. I didn’t tell you to do what you are doing. I want you to build the Church. And, the people are the Church. I want you to build people. You must go against tradition.” Apostle Beebe asked, “You want me to go against what I have been doing for my whole life? What I have been taught for years? What I have been preaching all over this world?” GOD said, “Exactly.”
And it was that Spirit that caused him to Incorporate Emmanuel Church for All People. He wanted to represent everyone. Not just a few. “This is a Church of the People.” He has said, ” We must use the spiritual, to help people in the physical, as it relates to physical things.”
Apostle Beebe believes that a Church is not just a psychical building, but a belief. One that is centered on our personal faith and view of worship. With that concept in mind, we could have Church anytime and anywhere, even online.
And it is that belief that has led us to create Emmanuel Church for All People as a
Non-Denominational Church, or Online Ministry.
Our goal at Emmanuel Church is not to change how you worship or practice your faith, but to enhance it.
It has been our tradition, to go to a physical church on Sunday, to seek, praise, and be blessed by GOD. And although our buildings of worship do a great service to our communities, we believe they are just the beginning, and can only accomplish so much.
We believe that in order for a Church to truly change the lives of its congregation for the better, it must provide Godly wisdom, and divine inspiration. But also, worldly knowledge, and unlimited resources.
This is not a traditional approach, but it is not a new one. We have been doing it for years now, we just haven’t fully embraced it. Our goal is to marry this nontraditional approach to Church building, with spiritual views of worship, to create a new awareness. An awareness centered on living life with LOVE for GOD and All People.