Life So Far
By any gauge the Life Center Cathedral in the City of New Orleans is “one of America’s most exciting churches. This growing, bustling family of faith was born out of a vision given to J. Douglas as Lisa Wiley many years ago. Through the support of Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., and the Greater Saint Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church the vision became a reality on November 26, 2003. From its inception the Life Center Cathedral experienced explosive growth. With dynamic worship services and its outreach the church became an immediate positive influence on the West Bank and metropolitan New Orleans. Boldly proclaiming Life Center is “all about people” the young congregation moved beyond the walls of the church with care and concern. From its adoption of a local elementary school, to its annual health fair and a Life-Against-AIDS walk, the church has always attempted to demonstrate the love of God for people in a hurting and broken world. Many people have been touched, inspired and empowered by the ministry of the church through its local radio program and its national television ministry. In less than 12 years the membership enrollment grew to nearly 18,000 with six weekly worship services and over 30 ministries. After the erection of its new worship center in April 2000, The City of New Orleans, under the sponsorship of the then City Councilman Troy Carter named the Street Life Center Drive. The State of Louisiana granted the church a specialized license plate with its logo.
New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region experienced the greatest natural disaster in the history of this nation. The devastating storms destroyed Life Center’s beautiful worship center and scattered its membership across the nation. In October 2005 a remnant of the congregation returned and Life Center began a new journey of faith. With no facilities available for worship a tent was erected on its campus and worship at the Cathedral resumed.
The future of the church is bright and exciting. The larger facility will enable the church to expand its ministry programs and its community outreach. The church is poised to lead in the rebuilding of the community by providing childcare, a youth center, a playground, a senior citizens center, a business park, and additional parking for this ever-growing church.
Life Center is the vision of what a church can be when committed disciples of Jesus Christ worship and work, pray and plan, love and lift, inspire and empower, help and heal. All that has taken place heretofore is but the prelude to what will happen at...
...“one of America’s most exciting churches.”