Our History

    Battalion began humbly. In the early days, it was a sleepy fireside church, set in the midst of brownstones in Brooklyn, New York, with a mere three members (the pastor, his wife and his niece). But Battalion started to stir from her siesta. On June 8th, 1959, five persons met in the home of Rev. Alva Clarke to discuss the founding of a new church. They continued to meet for prayer services and occasionally for worship services. As they grew to nineteen men and women, they decided, after considerable study and debate, that the Full Gospel Order would best satisfy their needs, they took upon themselves the solemn covenant of the Church. Thus, at 791 Sterling Place, the first public service of God’s Battalion of Prayer Church was held. It was in the basement of a member’s home, a 3-storied brownstone (between Nostrand and Rogers Avenues).

    The late Rev. Alva Clarke was an immigrant of Barbados who came to New York with his family in the late 1940’s. He came with a burning desire to preach the Word of God and began to reach out to the community. As the Word of God spread throughout the neighborhood, a small church began to grow. After just a few short months, it was moved from Sterling Place to 1199 Dean Street, Brooklyn (the second house from the corner of Nostrand Avenue). Those facilities also became too small, and in 1960 its home was on Atlantic Avenue. In 1961, the next church home was a four-storied brownstone at 1323 Bedford Avenue. (between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street, home of Rev. Alva & Mother Clarke). It soon became obvious that even this new facility was inadequate to satisfy the spiritual needs of a growing church community. Consequently, the purchase of a two-storied, storefront at 628 Grand Avenue was realized. The first permanent home of the church was now a reality.

    The year was 1962 when Pastor Clarke led the members into their new church home. Forgoing ahead with this vision, the small church was incorporated on August 27, 1962, and God’s Battalion of Prayer Church, Inc. became its official name. It wasn’t long before seating again became a problem. But unlike the past, they could not find adequate facilities in the same community, so they moved across town. The sale of 628 Grand Avenue enabled the congregation to purchase our present location for $135,000.

    This second building, with seating for 500, was dedicated in March, 1975. However, the late Rev. Alva Clarke, our founding father, was not privileged to minister at this new location; he was ushered into eternity that same year. For the next three years, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Michael Bacchus, GBP remained steadfast in the work of the Lord. Eventually, Rev. Bacchus moved on and started another work across town.

    This present location- in the center of Brooklyn- makes it convenient to anywhere in the city of New York. The Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges are just half an hour away, JFK is about 10 minuets off, and LaGuardia is 25 minutes from here.

    In October 1978, Rev. Alfred S. Cockfield, the present pastor of the church, was called. He assumed the responsibility of shepherd. In spite of satan’s leery attempts to hinder God’s word, the ministry has continued to progress significantly. Praise the Lord!

    Through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit we have many ministries. Guyana, South America; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Brooklyn and Queens, New York; Illinois; Delaware; South Africa and Nigeria.

What We Believe

  • In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.

  • In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

  • That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father.

  • That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all necessary for forgiveness of sins.

  • That Justification, Regeneration, and the New Birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus.

  • In Santification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.

  • Holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people.

  • In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.

  • In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and the full manifestation of the Spirit in the life of the believer.

  • In water baptism by immersion and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

  • Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.In the Lord’s Supper.

  • In the millennial or second coming of Jesus; first, to resurrect the righteous dead and to receive the living saints to Him in the air; second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.

  • In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous and eternal punishment for the wicked.

  • This one of the Lord’s commandments: that every believer should pay a tenth of their earnings as Malachi 3:10 reminds us in tithes and offering as to the Lord for the upkeep of the ministry.

Who We Are

We are so glad that you stopped by to visit with us. At God's Battalion of Prayer Church our purpose is to provide Living Water to the dry and thirsty individual. Do you ever feel like this is your relationship with the Lord? Thirsty for more of Him, and eager to drink deeply from His Word? The Psalmist David in Psalms 42: 1-2 says: “as the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for YOU, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” In John 7:37-38, Jesus says, “If anyone thirsts, let Him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

So, if you are thirsty today, We encourage you to go to Him and drink. Let His Holy Spirit bathe and refresh your weary soul. He will fill you to the overflowing. For He says, out of your innermost being will flow rivers of living water.

But we encourage you to stop by our church; our exciting programs throughout the year will give you vital prophetic revelation from God’s Word.

If you’ve just moved into this area – now is the time to take a break and get out of the house. Our hospitality committee is ready to receive you with a welcoming smile as well as either breakfast or lunch.

Do you ever wonder if your family will find the right friends? Come on over, our fellowship committee will embrace your family and direct them to the various departments that are suitable to their ages.

So, come on then, you’ll feel right at home at - God’s Battalion of Prayer Church.

Our doors are open and our hearts and hands are outstretched to give you a welcoming embrace.

We love you and are excitedly looking forward to seeing you.

Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Alfred S. Cockfield

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661 Linden Blvd.,
Brooklyn, NY 11203

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