Cathedral of Praise
|Cathedral of Praise|
COP Main Campus as seen from across the street on Taft Avenue in Ermita, Manila
|Former name(s)||Manila Bethel Temple|
|Founder(s)||Dr. Lester Sumrall|
The Cathedral of Praise, formerly Manila Bethel Temple, was founded in 1954 by Dr. Lester Sumrall. Under the leadership of Ref. David Sumrall and his wife Bev, who moved to Manila in 1989, the Church had grown to a membership of 15,000, with a large staff including 90 full-time, paid, evangelists engaged in attracting others in the predominately Roman Catholic Philippines to evangelical Christianity.
Cathedral of Praise is currently expanding. In their website, they mentioned their plan to plant 200 churches in 20 years.
- After nearly three decades of building and finishing the construction costs of the 8,000-seat fully air-conditioned state-of-the-art auditorium, the COP complex and congregational facilities continue to expand not only in the main campus but also in key areas of the metro. Each campus provides a spacious, comfortable and technically well-equipped sanctuary to house regular worship services and special ministry events. Aside from the Manila Campus, the COP East Campus over at the Pioneer Centre in Mandaluyong, South Campus located at the Versailles Place in Las Piñas, and the newly built North Campus in Commonwealth, Quezon City, serve members residing in those areas. In the works are the plans to build for the South Campus its own facilities and over-all maintenance and specific upgrades of portions of the Main Campus are also underway.
Cathedral of Praise have aired in different TV Networks. Cathedral of Praise with David Sumrall started airing at ABS-CBN from year 1986 to 1992. Then it was moved at the reopened ABC 5 from 1992 to 1995 GMA 7 year 1995 and ended airing at year 2004. Followed by airing at RPN/ Solar TV the same year to present.
On January 29, 2017, Cathedral of Praise formally launched its own radio station, COP Bible Radio, DZBR 531 kHz on the AM band, from Tanauan, Batangas. DZBR broadcasts gospel-related programs from 5:00 AM to 12:00 MN. daily on traditional AM radio and 24/7 via internet streaming. The station can be heard in the whole Batangas, and some parts of Calabarzon and Metro Manila. On February 23, DZBR started its test broadcast.
Cathedral of Praise is a multisite church and has four main worship services located throughout the metro.
The Main Campus of COP is located in Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila. It serves as the headquarters of the church. It contains the Kid's Tower, Serenity Columbarium, the Bible/Music College, Connect Central, a cry room, a medical clinic, a bookstore, an audio-visual room, the COP Cafe, several prayer rooms and church offices.
The residing Campus Pastor for COP North Campus is Ptr. Veronica Peralta.
COP East Campus is located in Pioneer Center along Pioneer street in Pasig. It previously held its Sunday worship services in Shangri-La Mall until July 2014. The current residing Campus Pastor is Ptr. Bong Soriano.
The COP South Campus is located along Versailles-Daang Hari Road in Las Piñas. It previously held its services on Bellevue Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa until 2007. In November 2010, it was announced that the South Campus will transfer to the Festival Mall, but the transfer was cancelled. They also announced another transfer on April 15, 2012 to the West Service Road in Muntinlupa. However, COP South Campus transferred at its present site on its own building. Its Campus Pastor was Ptr. Alisha Sumrall.
|Cebu City||April 1, 2013|
|Davao City||April 8, 2012|
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