Wonder Working Word Church, formerly known as Greater Bethlehem Universal Healing & Deliverance Temple, a.k.a. G.B.U. is a 48 years old ministry that resides on the Southwest side of Gary, Indiana. The church, located at 2024 Maryland Ave, Gary, IN was founded by Rev. Aleta McCurty & Rev. Roosevelt Leslie, Sr. July 2, 1980. We are known for being a mission minded church with a great reputation for Christian outreaching. Thus our name derives from
our mission “Wonder Working Word Church”.
Our main goal and objective was Reaching, Compelling, Delivering, and Securing Souls for Christ from every walk of life, show love and give hope.
After many prophecies and dreams, the Lord led Pastor McCurty to 4101 Adams St., Gary, IN. The church sanctuary had been gutted by fire; so, we commence having services in the fellowship hall as we took on the task of remodeling the sanctuary.
In July 1985, we had our dedicatory service. While at 4101 Adams, that old devil being jealous of what God had done, decided it was time for us to remember he was the prince of the air. After Pastor McCurty’s Appreciation on November 25, 1985, a fire was set in the sanctuary and in the fellowship hall that demolished the church, musical instruments, etc. After the firemen were through, we all went through the ruins trying to salvage all and anything that we could. We were yet crying and singing, “I’LL RISE AGAIN”.
Afterwards, our services were held in Pastor McCurty home. During this time, we were led to 1200 Grant St., Gary, IN. While at 1200 Grant St., we were blessed to be on TV through Gary Cablevision, as well as radio, WYCA 92.3.
In 1997, we partnered with the Church of God in Christ under Jurisdictional Bishop R.D. Edward Goodwin.
The board along with the members decided it was time to move. Before moving, in December 2000, the Greater Bethlehem Universal Healing & Deliverance Temple amended its name to Wonder Working Word Inc.
THE Lord led us to 5100 W. 45th Ave., Gary, IN where we renovated the building with a goal in mind that we would only remain at this location for five years. During this time, the voice of the Lord spoke to Pastor Aleta McCurty, Elder Edward Butler, Jr. & Assistant Pastor Dorothy Butler to build from the ground up.
After completion of our church edifice in July 2005; January 1, 2006, Apostle Aleta McCurty installed Elder Edward Butler, Jr. as Co-Pastor of Wonder Working Word Church. He served faithfully under Apostle McCurty, assisting to bring her vision into fruition.
Sunday, July 13, 2013, Apostle McCurty, after preaching a powerful and anointed message, Apostle McCurty announced to the congregants, “The Lord told her to appoint Co-Pastor Butler, Pastor of Wonder Working Word Church and his wife, Dorothy Butler Senior Assistant Pastor. Saturday, September 27, 2014, Elder Edward Butler, Jr. was installed as Pastor of Wonder Working Word Church by the Honorable Bishop R.D. Edward Goodwin, Sr, Prelate of 7th Jurisdiction of Illinois C.O.G.I.C.
Pastor Edward Butler, Jr., (affectionately known among WWWC as Pastor B) is
“CHARTING A NEW COURSE”
We not only do church within the four walls; but outside the four walls: weekly Bible studies in Assisted Senior Living facility, Respond Now Food Ministry, and Annual Back to School Community Day.