Five hundred people came to witness the dedication of the new cathedral
named the Mission Cathedral as well as attend its first service.
Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, sent an official letter with the seal
acknowledging the Mission Cathedral. It
was dedicated on,
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012, Monday at 4:24 pm at 11675
Pratt Ave, El Paso, Texas 79936. The word "cathedra" means "seat" of the
bishop. The bishop of this cathedral is no stranger to El Paso: he is
The Right Reverend Tom Brown, the man who successfully led the first
passage of a voter approved initiative.
Although the cathedral
is named the Mission Cathedral, the local parish retains the name Word of
Life Church of El Paso. The diocese (district) of the Mission Cathedral
is Word of Life--which consists of 50 churches around the world
including Australia, Benin Republic, Canada, England, India, Kenya,
Liberia, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, Uganda, Tanzania and the
United States. The diocese also
includes more than 40 ordained pastors, elders and deacons in El Paso,
The architectural style of the cathedral traces back to the old Spanish
missions. It has a square footage of more than 23,000. The sanctuary
seats 625 and the children's facilities accommodates 187 which will
bring total seating to 812.
The Mission Cathedral has the
unique distinction of being the only cathedral in the world with an
indoor playground and coffee shop with a karaoke stage. It also has the distinction of serving as a Patriarchal Cathedral.1
Word of Life Church was founded by Pastor Tom
Brown on April 1, 1984 with seven people. It started in the Ascarate
Elementary School on Alameda.
Three years later the church moved to a rented
facility on 7750 North Loop.
Seven years later the church purchased nine
acres of prime real estate off of Pratt Ave and Saul Kleinfeld and
built its first building on 1994. The original square footage was
8,000. Later the church sold an acre.
The church expanded in 2004 and added an
indoor playground and children's facilities. The total square
footage went past 17,000.
The church added new offices in 2011,
increasing the square footage past 18,000.
Tom Brown was ordained and consecrated as an
Anglican bishop on March 7, 2012.2
The church expanded once again by adding
3,200 more square footage for the children and coffee shop and
another 2,200 square feet is used to increase the sanctuary by
building premier box seats (commonly called a balcony). This brings total square footage well past 23,000 and seating to 812.
The ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the enlarged
church as a Patriarchal Cathedral took place on Christmas Eve,
December 24, Monday at 4:24 pm, 11675 Pratt Ave, El Paso, Texas
79936. Two Christmas Eve services followed The Patriarch John
Githiga was present to dedicate the cathedral.
Facts about Patriarch John Githiga
Born in Kenya Africa on July 27, 1942
He has earned the Master
of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the University of the South;
a Doctor of Religious Education and Doctor of Divinity from
International Bible Institute; and a Seminary Diploma in Theology
from Makerere University.
Ordained as an Anglican
Priest in 1975.
Adjunct Faculty at West
Texas A&M University in New Testament Studies;
Served as Chaplain at
Grambling State University and teaching Kiswahil;
Adjunct Faculty at
Pensacola Junior College in Humanities;
Head of the Department of
Pastoral Theology and Director of Field Education at St. Paul's
Founder and President of
African Association of Pastoral Studies and Counseling; and Adjunct
Faculty to Baptist Language School ( for American and European
missionaries), lecturing in African psychology.
Other honors include
being chosen to represent the Anglican Church of Kenya at
conferences in Barbados and Germany and participating in a cultural
exchange programs in Panama.
Served as a Vicar of
Karura Parish (seven congregations with a membership of
Served as Chairman of the
Diocesan Board of Christian Education, Mount Kenya Diocese;
Served as Counselor for
Chisere Home for the physically handicapped at Limuru, Kenya;
Served as Vicar of St.
George's Episcopal Church, Canyon, TX; and Vicar of St Cyprian's
Episcopal Church, Pensacola, Florida.
Ordained as a bishop on
November 5, 2006.
Established All Nations
Christian Church International (continuing Anglican Church) on July
Contact Patriarch John
Facts about Bishop Tom Brown
Born March 30, 1963
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas
Graduate from Eastwood High School
Known as an exorcist.
Help led the passage of the first
Consecrated and ordained as a bishop under
apostolic succession on March 7, 2012.
Received an honorary doctorate in Divinity
from All Nations Christian Church University.
El Paso's only religious best selling author.
Books in print nearing 100,000.
The church's TV program, The Bondage Breaker
with Tom Brown, is seen on all four major networks in El Paso (KDBC/CBS,
KVIA/ABC, KTSM/NBC and KFOX/Fox).
Been on three documentaries: MSNBC, The
History Channel, and ABCs 20/20.
He has traveled to 19 countries and 19 US
states to preach the gospel.
Bishop's personal internet site (www.tbm.org)
is by far the most popular religious site in El Paso and reaches
more than a million people a year.
Owns one of the largest church directories in
the world (www.charismatic.org).
It is ranked #1 among the category of Charismatic Episcopal
1A Patriarchal Cathedral is a church to which primatial,
metropolitical, and cathedral churches alike owe allegiance.
2The ordaining body is a continuing
Anglican Church which means it retains the heritage and apostolic
succession of the Anglican church; however the church is not in full
communion with the See of Canterbury. Other continuing Anglican churches
in El Paso include Church of