Cathedral of Tomorrow

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The Cathedral of Tomorrow was a Pentecostal church located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Cathedral Tower[edit]

In 1971, Rex Humbard began to build a 750 feet (230 m)[1] rotating tower restaurant, similar to Calgary Tower, at his Cathedral of Tomorrow complex, which was also slated to hold a transmission tower for his planned local TV station, WCOT-TV (Channel 55; the license was later used by current day (now former) CW affiliate WBNX-TV).

Construction work started on September 10, but stopped in November when the concrete tower was 494 feet (151 m) in height.[1] Neighbors filed lawsuits and Northampton Township, the community governing the Cathedral complex at that time, said that there were no provisions for water and sewer service for the tower.[2] The actual reason for the end of construction is still an open issue.

In 1973, Humbard announced scaled-back plans to house a museum, library and prayer center in the tower.[1] By 1978, the project was still unfinished, with Humbard saying "Someday we'll finish it, and it'll be a landmark."[1]

In 1989 local grocer and lone bidder Mike Krieger bid $30,000 to win the auction at a sheriff's sale held to raise money to pay toward debts owed to the tower's builder.[3] The tower later saw use as a cellular phone tower.[1]


After Humbard moved his ministry to Florida in the 1980s, the Cathedral of Tomorrow remained in operation as a local church, with services conducted by local pastors who had increasingly fewer ties with the Humbard family. As a result, attendances began to dwindle. However, Humbard would continue to guest-speak on occasion.[citation needed]

In 1994, the Cathedral was sold to the Reverend Ernest Angley's ministry, and was rededicated as Grace Cathedral, the name of Angley's previous house of worship. It's adjacent to an office complex that contains a diorama museum called The Life Of Christ which was a lifelong sculpture work by artist Paul Cunningham, and a very popular family style restaurant called the Cathedral Buffet.[4]

Angley also purchased the Cathedral of Tomorrow's television studio facilities in the mid-1980s, which are used to produce his own television programs and house the offices of WBNX-TV, the Cathedral Buffet restaurant as well as other leased office space.[citation needed]

In 1999 and in 2017, the United States Department of Labor filed suit against the Cathedral Buffet, both of which were filed due to the restaurant not properly paying their employees. In the 2017 lawsuit, it was argued by Angley that the employees were actually "volunteers", and that they had prices that were so cheap that they could not stay in business unless they didn't pay them. The court found him guilty in both instances and fined him $37,000 and $388,000 respectively in damages and wages. Since the 2017 lawsuit, the Cathedral Buffet has been closed.[5] [6] In April 2018, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court's decision finding there was no violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) The appeals court found the volunteers had no expectation of compensation.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mark J. Price. "Local history: Cathedral Tower could have been something big". Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ Haferd, Laura (1981-01-09). "AS TOWER GOES UP, FINANCES UNRAVEL TROUBLE NIPS AT NEW EMPIRE". Akron Beacon Journal. pp. A1. But with the concrete poured, the project stalled. There were lawsuits filed by neighbors and radio station WSLR. The country music station said the tower would interfere with its signal. The suit was dismissed that December.
  3. ^ "Humbard's Tower Sold for $30,000". Cleveland Plain Dealer. 1989-12-09. pp. Section 1–C. Mike Krieger, a local wholesale and retail grocer, said he did not plan to change the concrete structure... In April 1988, a Summit County judge ruled that the (Rex Humbard) foundation should pay the money owed to Pullman Power. The company in turn asked that the tower be sold, so it could collect.
  4. ^ Karen Farkas, cleveland com (2017-04-19). "Ernest Angley closes Cathedral Buffet". cleveland. Retrieved 2023-08-08.
  5. ^ Farkas, Karen. "Televangelist Ernest Angley closes the Cathedral Buffet". Cleveland.
  6. ^ "Cathedral Buffet closes to public following federal order to pay $388,000 to employees". Akron Beacon Journal.
  7. ^ "Appeals court overturns ruling against televangelist Ernest Angley over use of unpaid workers at buffet". AP NEWS. 2018-04-16. Retrieved 2020-10-20.

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