We're called together as one body in Jesus Christ; we are dedicated to winning the lost to Jesus Christ. We are called to build strong families, strong singles, strong youth and strong communities. We spread the good news of Jesus Christ through worship, outreach, teaching, training, fellowship and service.
our mission in fulfilling our vision is:
- Be Vigilant in Prayer.
- Increase knowledge of God’s word through corporate Bible study and the Beloved St. John Evangelistic Bible Institute.
- Inspire Holy Spirit filled living and a Christ exalting lifestyle.
- Encourage fellowship among the saints.
- Passionately share our faith in Jesus Christ through home and global missions.
- Maintain a standard in excellence in ministry.
Beloved St. John Evangelistic Church was founded in 1963 by Reverend James O. Taylor. Originally named St. John Baptist Church, our worship services were held in a home on the 2900 block of Thomas Street in Philadelphia. It was under the leadership of Reverend Matt Yancey that we located to 2601 Lehigh Avenue and changed our name to Beloved St. John Baptist Church.
In November 1996 the Lord brought about rapid change at BSJEC, beginning with the installation of Reverend Clement M. Lupton, III. Within the first five years of Pastor Lupton’s leadership we changed denominations from Baptist to Evangelistic. In 1997, we were formally incorporated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under our new and current name, Beloved St. John Evangelistic Church, receiving tax exempt status. Other highlights during this time include the establishment of nearly forty ministries, the creation of the church’s first non-profit corporation, the Beloved St. John Community Development Corporation, the founding of the Beloved St. John Evangelistic Bible Institute, the first Unity in the Community Day, now in its 17th year, the inception of our first Radio Ministry, and the launch of BSJEC’s Television Ministry with Time of Decision.
In the years that followed God continued to bless BSJEC. On December 5, 2004 we celebrated our first worship service in our current location at 4541 North Broad Street in Philadelphia. Only six years later, we held a Mortgage Burning Service to commemorate our paid off mortgage. New ministries, such as the HIV/AIDS Care Ministry and the Single Mother’s Ministry were also added. In 2002, 2004 and 2014 we were recognized as the “Church of the Week” by the Philadelphia Tribune. Time of Decision, which can be seen on the ION Network, was expanded to five days a week, while the Radio Ministry added additional broadcasts. In 2009, Pastor Lupton was honored by the Philadelphia Council of Clergy with the “Measure of a Man” award. Our church building has also gone through major renovations and upgrades, including the addition of a brand new elevator in 2007, the installation of two large screens and projectors in 2012, new steps in 2014, a brand new heating system in 2015 and an upgrade to the cooling system in 2016.
With God’s favor we have been able to establish strong relationships and minster to our members and also the community. We have developed various community partnerships, including those with the Mayor’s Office of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania State Senator Sharif Street, Pennsylvania State Representative Stephen Kinsey, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, and the Urban League of Philadelphia. We have also opened our doors to the community for numerous conferences, fairs, workshops, and seminars.
As we look toward the future, we are excited about the Lord’s plans for us. In 2012, we purchased the properties at 4600 and 4602 Old York Road. These properties have since been razed in order to make way for The Beloved House, a neighborhood community center. In Spring 2019 we purchased 4536 Old York Road. It also marked the opening of the BSJEC Annex, located at 4538 Old York Road.
Today, BSJEC is a vibrant and active church. Since our inception more than fifty years ago, we truly have had a faith that will not quit. God has blessed tremendously! Many souls have come to Christ, many families have come together, and many lives have been changed. To God be the glory!