About St. Marks Fellowship C.O.G.I.C.
St. Mark Christian Fellowship Church of God in Christ was founded by Pastor Gerald and Sis. Linda Bates in February 1985. The first service was held in the Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist Church located on York and Baymiller Streets in the West End of Cincinnati. In 1987 the church moved to the Findlay Street Neighborhood House and in 1989 to the West End YMCA.
The vision of Pastor Bates was to build a sanctuary for the congregation. In 1991, that vision was realized when the church purchased 2.2 acres on the Northwest corner of Linn Street and Ezzard Charles Drive. The first building designed by architect Carl Strauss is a 10,000 square feet building with a sanctuary seating 400, four classrooms, a fellowship hall and a kitchen.
St. Mark has continued to grow both numerically and spiritually. In 1991, Michael Graves designed a new complex to be built on the property. This complex will include four buildings that will accommodate a 2,200 seat sanctuary as well as an education building that will provide classrooms for grades K-8. In 2010, St. Mark just celebrated 26 years and our theme "Give Thanks" for this anniversary is so appropriate.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible Word of God. We believe that there is One God, eternally existent in Three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the Church of God, which is in Christ, at His return. We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance: faith in the precious Blood of Jesus Christ and being baptized in water.
We believe that regeneration by the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential for personal salvation. We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing in prayer.
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:4 is given to believers who ask for it. We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by Whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a holy and separated life in this present world. Amen.