- What We Believe
- Our Heritage
- Senior Pastor
- First Lady
- Pastoral/Administrative Staff
- The Bible to be the inspired word of God.
- In the oneness of God, that there are three manifestations of the one God — Father, Son and Holy
- The name by which God is known is Lord Jesus Christ.
- In the virgin birth, death, burial and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- In the necessity of baptism in water in Jesus' name, according to Acts 2:38 and Colossians 3:17,
and in the reception of the Holy Ghost according to Acts 2:4.
- This is the birth of the Spirit spoken of by Jesus in St. John 3:5.
- In living a holy, consecrated and sanctified life.
- In the translation of the Saints, commonly known as the Rapture
(I Thessalonians 4:14-17).
God's precious blessings were upon Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church (GBTAC) from the very beginning. He smiled upon this great congregation in that he allowed a great man, Bishop Elzie W. Young to "Catch the Vision" and realize a dream. With only four members (including himself), Bishop Young founded GBTAC in 1950. Through divine instruction and unprecedented notoriety, God blessed Bishop Young with an Apostolic platform in the heart of the city and abroad (he was the only Bishop of the PCAF organization to serve a life term as Presiding Prelate). The church quickly grew to a membership of over 800 and this vibrant ministry became known as a saving station. Bishop Young's great influence and heart for God's people established GBTAC as an anchor that could not be removed.
Upon Bishop Young's transition to his heavenly home, Bishop Johnnie L. Johnson received the mantle of Pastorate in February, 1990. Bishop Johnson caught the vision and with his dynamic teaching and preaching, he led God's people to an attractive new facility. The church relocated from 12th and Elm Streets, downtown Cincinnati to 4781 Hamilton Avenue. While anchored in it's new home, GBTAC continued to grow, and under Bishop Johnson's leadership, established several church businesses, including the Bethlehem Temple Learning Center (later renamed J.L. Johnson Learning Center). Bishop Johnson dreamed of expansion and put the wheels into motion for a new edifice to be constructed. In March, 2005, after the onset of groundbreaking, that God called Bishop Johnson from labor to rest.
Bishop James Chapman served under Bishop Young as a spiritual son and young minister, and under Bishop Johnson as his Assistant Pastor. On May 13, 2005, Bishop Chapman was installed as Pastor, having received the mantle. Under his anointed leadership, GBTAC has carried the vision on to finish building the new edifice. GBTAC rallied together and in just one short year, saw the completion of the new sanctuary in April, 2006. The beautiful domed shaped edifice seats 3000 and is home to many ministries, support groups and outreach programs, including the A. Morton Food Pantry. God has favored GBTAC and… "Having therefore obtained help of God, we continue unto this day."
Bishop James Chapman was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH where he attended public schools. He later graduated Suma Cum Laude from Ohio Rio Grand University and did further scientific research at The University of Cincinnati. He and his beautiful wife, Robin are the proud parents of three children, Jarrod, Nicole (Dante') and Amber, and one grandson, Dante' Jr.
Bishop Chapman diligently educated students in the Cincinnati Public Schools and retired after 32 years of service. A few of his accomplishments during his tenure were: he was instrumental in writing a grant for which his school was awarded $172,000 for computers and software; he was a union steward; he was listed twice among the nation's top educators in Who's Who; and he mentored and impacted countless children from the inner-city.
Bishop Chapman serves the community through several organizations: founder of A. Morton Food Pantry; an active participant of F.A.S.T. (Feed A Smile Thanksgiving); and with a heart for the under privileged children, he has initiated and or has founded programs to enhance and enrich their lives, such as: Back2School Jam and the Family Focus/Health Fair initiative. He is also actively involved in the development of a large educational computer lab, while faithfully contributing to SweetFaith for Kids.
Bishop James Chapman was ordained an Elder in the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith in 1986. He has served in various capacities at his local church and at the national level, including: Youth President, Junior Trustee, Council Youth Chairman, Sunday School Teacher, Assistant Pastor, Executive Pastor and has also held the office of District Elder. In August, 2007, he was appointed to the office of Episcopal Bishop. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church. He also serves on the Board of Bishops with the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.
In March, 2005, Bishop Chapman received "the mantle" of Senior Pastor upon the passing of the late Bishop Johnnie L. Johnson. It was after this unexpected, yet God ordained transition, that Bishop Chapman became the builder to the dreamers that had gone on before him. While the call was honoring and the work tremendous, many challenges faced Bishop Chapman from the onset of his pastorate. Nonetheless, Bishop Chapman, being a noble man of faith and extraordinary ambition, met with the bankers and the construction team, and in May, 2005, the project was back in full motion and the congregation elated. Yet, Bishop Chapman faced another challenge with the project; no money had been allocated for the new pews, carpets and lights that were to be installed in the new edifice. With a determination that cannot be stopped, God's man rallied God's people together and initiated a capital campaign that raised over $300,000.00 in less than one year. After countless meetings with bankers and contractors and 13 months of construction, Bishop Chapman led God's people in the completion of erecting a 3,000-seat edifice, which includes state of the art technology. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006.
The challenges that Bishop Chapman has faced have only propelled him to greater levels of faith. In the summer of 2007, Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church transitioned yet again. Bishop Chapman continued to preach and teach God's Holy Word and since the summer of 2007 over 550 new members have joined Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church.
Bishop Chapman expresses that, "We have lost Great Leaders, the legacy that they have left lives on even today. The mantle has been passed down, and with the help of the Lord, I will carry out the vision of these great men of winning the lost at any cost."
Bishop Chapman is forever reminded of his humble beginnings. He is still amazed that God would use "a little boy from the ghetto" to lead His people. One of his favorite quotes, "There is a God in Bethlehem, and Jesus is His Name!"
A native of Detroit, Michigan and a Certified Banking Consultant, First Lady Robin Chapman is a woman of progress. She is married to Bishop James Chapman, the Senior Pastor of Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church. Known for her innovative and dynamic teaching style, Lady Robin has mentored countless individuals, and through the awesome power of God, transformed lives. An avid reader, noted cook and political science enthusiast, Lady Robin is well versed and eager to engage in inspirational dialogue that leaves the listeners with words of wisdom and food for thought. She is affectionately referred to as, a “First Lady of First Ladies” as she has countered the unflattering stigma of vanity and self absorbance. A lover of God’s word, Lady Robin’s passion for the gospel message echoes throughout church service with exuberant expressions of praise. As Director of Bethlehem Women In Ministry and a certified teacher of a 12-week New Foundations Biblical course, she believes that if you truly love God, even through life’s changes, you’ll find that His presence is always constant. She encourages her students to find solace in the words of Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” A woman of purpose, Lady Robin has founded Adriel (a mentorship for young ladies) and the A. Morton Food Pantry. A lifelong learner, she has completed coursework at Wayne State University and has acquired her certificate of completion in Counseling Instruction for Women at Lighthouse University. She is currently a biblical studies major at the Southwest Ohio Bible College. Lady Robin is the proud mother of Jarrod, Nicole (Dante’ Sr.) and Amber, and is overjoyed about her new addition, a grandson, Dante’ Jr.
Bishop James Chapman
Executive Board Chairman
Evangelist Betty Gibson
Pastor of Visitation
District Elder James Denson
Evangelist Linda Dubois
Elder Lloyd Lockett
Elder Ernest Erkins
Evangelist Vanessa Taylor
Evangelist Darlene Hunter
Evangelist Tammy Thomas
Deacon Board Chairman
Deacon Bernard Fields
Trustee Board Chairman
Trustee Allen Seay
Director of Business/
Minister Nicole Flanigan
Sister Monica McNear
Sister Audrey McKelton