THE ELIM INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP
20 Madison Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
The Elim International Fellowship is a prestigious metropolitan church, pulsating with the excitement of the presence of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It is a church firmly anchored in solid biblical doctrine and responsible, biblically sound preaching.
The Elim International Fellowship was established by Bishop Wilbert S. McKinley on July 26, 1964 at 9 Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, New York.
With Archbishop McKinley at its helm, The Elim Church has become quite unique. It is a church reformed in its theology and doctrine; vibrant and charismatic offering universal appeal to worshippers of varied cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and educational strata (background). Elim is a unique blend of the traditional high church and the charismatic, striving over its history to restore honor and glory to the church of Jesus Christ.
From its location at 9 Chauncey Street, in Brooklyn, New York, the church moved to 1810 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, because it had outgrown its quarters. We left one storefront at 9 Chauncey Street to move into what eventually became an elegant storefront at 1810 Fulton Street. Urban renewal subsequently forced Elim’s relocation to 515 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn. At the time of this move, Elim went from worshipping in storefronts to a greasy watch factory as its next worship site. It goes without saying that in a short while that ugly, greasy watch factory became a beautiful sanctuary. Five Fifteen Classon Avenue became the mecca for the intellectually astute believer and was no longer a deliverance center housed in a storefront.
As the Lord expanded Bishop McKinley’s vision, he sought larger more versatile facilities to house his vision. The church moved to 20 Madison Street directly across from 515 Classon Avenue.
We moved into the former Roman Catholic Church, The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus; a church known for its past racial discrimination against black people; a church whose pastor would stand outside and chase black worshippers to go around the corner to St. Peter Claver.
What seemed to be a blessing almost conquered us, that abandoned complex which had become a haven for derelicts and dogs was in the most wretched, deplorable condition imaginable. Every available piece of brass and copper plumbing from bathrooms, roofs and heating systems was vandalized. Most buildings were in a state of decay with non-existent floors, roofs and windows. Under the capable leadership of Bishop McKinley these deplorable facilities were turned into the magnificent facilities we worship in today.
Over the forty-four year period Elim has been the training ground from which many powerful ministers and ministries have been launched. We believe that God ordained this church to lead multiplied thousands of men, women, boys, girls and teenagers to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, so that they will become models of the abundant life, described in the scriptures, and become agents of change to mess things up in the world.
The Elim International Fellowship has been integrally involved in the community for forty-four years. Some of its services to the community have been housing a mental health clinic, providing programs through The Police Athletic League, Summer Day Camp, Saturday Institute for the neighborhood children, Geriatric facilities for our senior citizens, computer training and job preparation for adults, counseling and assistance to former inmates released from penal facilities and educational facilities to offer our children a quality education. We intend to provide recreational facilities, After School Programs for latch-key children and Night Care for children whose parents work at night. We have provided a Music Conservatory for several years where children from our community are taught to play musical instruments. These are just a few of the far reaching services we plan to implement fully in our community.
The Elim International Fellowship is concerned with the quality of life and the spiritual life of the residents of our community. For the last two years Archbishop McKinley challenged the church to get out beyond it’s four walls, and win the lost for Jesus Christ. He set a goal thus beginning Operation Love, Operation Souls and Operation Miracles. In just two years the church has contacted, prayed for over 130,000 people. The church has experienced healing, deliverance, and miracles as never before. We are known as the prayer people who go out and pray for the needs of the people on the streets, in the subways and in the hospitals.
To continue his legacy, Archbishop McKinley leaves as his successor, a faithful servant of the LORD and son in the Gospel, Bishop Eugene James Blount.