Mission, Vision, & History

Our Mission Statement

"And he gave some, apostles; and some prophets and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfect of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. -- Ephesians 4:11-13

Our mission of purpose is to equip and perfect every member in their walk with Christ as a true believer according to Acts 2:38.

To edify the Body through worship and corporate church gatherings, cell ministries and school of equipping.

To teach the Love of Christ through family values, giving, prayer, and worship.

To evangelize the Lost through spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those in the city, the region and throughout world missions.

To reach out to those that are in need. (Acts 2:44-47)

To provide a place of worship where people can come to fellowship, connect, and participate together in the unity of the faith.

AGAPE is a product of Biblical Teaching!

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The Vision

"And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." -- Habakkuk 2:2

AGAPE International Cathedral is an all people multi-cultural church. Our desire is to reach the nations of the world by first starting with the nations at our door. We must do this through the Gospel clothed with love and compassion. A Gospel that reaches out to the masses in giving and sharing so that others can experience God's love in operation through our works.

We are a 'metro city' reaching church working together as a body to take the city and region as we show forth the Love of God. For LOVEis the foundation...

AGAPE INTERNATIONAL CATHEDRAL ... "where you can feel the Love that flows from above."

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. -- I John 4:8

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. -- Psalm 32:8

  • A people who are planted
  • A people with a vision
  • A people with proper foundation
  • A people filled with His Spirit
  • A people committed to the church body
  • A people committed to cell ministry
  • A people committed to building relationships
  • A people committed to giving tithes
  • A people committed to giving a faith harvest offering
  • A people committed to worship
  • A people committed to prayer
  • A people committed to serving others
  • A people who believe in receiving the prophetic ministry
  • A people protected by church governmental order
  • A people who embrace church discipline
  • A people who build marriages and families
  • A people who reap the harvest of lost souls
  • A people who know God's standard of Godly character and obedience to God's authority
  • A people who know and understand God's purpose
  • AGAPE is a product of Biblical Teaching!

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Our Church History

In 1962, there was a great need for an Apostolic Holiness church on the southside of the city of Delaware, Ohio and with God’s favor, it came to pass. Prior to that time, after going from house to house for services, at least 20 or more began to travel from Delaware, Ohio to Marion, Ohio (15 miles north of Delaware) so they could become a part of a Holiness church. Kings Temple Apostolic Faith in Marion, pastored then by Elder John Thompson, was the place they chose to attend and become members until a building could be purchased and a church established in Delaware, Ohio.

After much prayer, fasting and searching, the saints living in Delaware located a building where they would be able to hold their own services. While in transition, they were still in need of an ordained leader. Therefore, Pastor John Thompson unselfishly stepped in to shepherdize the flock temporarily. Because Pastor Thompson’s concern was that neither the church nor the people would go lacking spiritually, the two churches from time to time worshipped together in Marion, Ohio on Sunday mornings and then traveled to Delaware, Ohio for the Sunday evening’s worship service. What a powerful and anointed fellowship!

Pastor John Thompson was not only at that time pastoring two churches, but was the chairman of the Ohio District Council of Churches Credential Committee. It was through this committee that one of the members living in Delaware (Elder Solomon Bohanna) was able to obtain his ministerial ordained license. Elder Bohanna was then officially installed as Pastor of Morning Star Tabernacle Apostolic Faith Church.

In 1969, because of its growth in membership, Morning Star Tabernacle moved from Liberty Street to its present location at 85 Eaton Street. Much was accomplished through Elder Bohanna’s tenure as Pastor. Souls were being saved and restored weekly. It was an exciting time for the saints and the city of Delaware. After a serious illness, in June 1975 Elder Solomon Bohanna went home to be with the Lord. Elder Lloyd Dillard, Sr. was then installed as the next successor as he proceeded to take the people higher in Jesus. In the year 1979, after a power-packed service, Pastor & First Lady Lloyd Dillard were traveling home and met with a tragic accident. They were both called from their labor to reward.

Later that year (1979), the late Pastor James Goff, a minister from Bethesda Temple in Dayton, Ohio was installed as the Pastor and remained in the position until May 1993. Through Elder Goff’s ministry, souls continued to be saved. Morning Star Tabernacle was known as a "Holyghost Saving Station" and a "Birthing Place" for ministry. Pastor Goff finished his course knowing that the Lord would say "well done thou good and faithful servant".

In September 1993, Pastor Wesley A. Moore, Sr. became the fifth Pastor of Morning Star Tabernacle. It was his desire to build on the foundation of what had already been laid and to continue to embrace the foundational truths of the Word of God. With these principles, God continued to fill the House.

The Lord spoke to Pastor Moore concerning ‘transition’ and ‘new direction’ for the people of God. In December 2008, Morning Star Tabernacle’s name was changed to "AGAPE" International Cathedral.

"Where you can feel the Love that flows from above"

It was time to do more than have church inside a building. It was now time to embrace the city as a church; filling it with God’s Love.

The ministry has continued to grow as many have come to receive Christ. After having been taught, they have now gone out mentoring and teaching others. The ministry assignment of Agape is to ‘teach them so they might reach others.’

From 1962 to present there has been a powerful legacy of great Pastors that have contributed in shaping many lives in the Delaware County area.

Today souls are still being added daily to the church such as should be saved. It is our desire to take the Ministry to another dimension.

As we ‘turn the corner’, we believe that what the Lord is enabling us to do is significant of past accomplishments, present fulfillments and future expectations of the Ministry.

We remain,

United "As One" in the Spirit.

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