Champions Cathedral (CC), formerly known as the Cathedral of Prayer, Praise and Power, and the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church; the exact date of its origin is unknown. However, research through the Orange County Public School System and facts stated in the History of Oakland, Florida, we found that in the year 1844 a group of wealthy white settlers and their families and approximately 100 slaves migrated to the south end of Lake Apopka and settled there. This group of slaves formed a church. In the beginning, African Methodist Episcopal (AME) and CC worshipped together. As time passed, each group’s membership grew, the AME group was able to build a church on its present location and the CC remained at their location of origin.
Over a period of years, CC experienced the blessing of having the following Pastors serve the church since its formation: Lee, Crawford, William Poe, Moore, A.L Russell, J.B Barnes, H.L Bradley, H.H Hodges, B.B Dinkins, E.E Chisholm, Bruce Wade, and presently leading the flock Bishop Darrell A. Johnson.
In 2008, the church called Bishop Darrell A. Johnson to be their interim Pastor; on February 18, 2009, Bishop Johnson became their full time Senior Pastor.
After many decades, the name of the church changed to the Cathedral of Prayer, Praise and Power, on January 1, 2013.
Bishop Johnson states “After much time spent with God in prayer and fasting, the Holy Spirit said to me I am changing the name of this Church and its course; I am releasing another mantle of my anointing on your life and this ministry, be still and know that I am God, for I am doing a new thing in you and in this Church, and I will tell you when to make the change”. It was two years before the change was made, after Bishop Johnson received his vision from God and he states “The Holy Spirit spoke to me in 2012, and said prepare the leaders of the Church for the change, because in 2013 this church will become the Cathedral of Prayer, Praise, and Power, because I am calling my Church back to fervent prayer, intimate praise, and demonstrations of my supernatural power”. Pastor Johnson followed through with a plan the Lord had shared with him about re-establishing the church independent of denominational ties; where the Holy Spirit could operate as He chose, according to 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, and the Word of God could be taught to His people uncompromisingly. For approximately one year, Bishop Johnson conducted extensive training and prayer meetings with the leaders of the church in preparation of the change. On January 1, 2013, God changed the name of the Church to the Cathedral of Prayer, Praise and Power, Bishop Johnson states “God made the change because he said the season of the Denominational St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church was over; for the Bible says to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1. God said I am moving my Church into their season of demonstrating the supernatural power of God; as it is written eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit” (1 Cor. 2:9-10).
But yet once again, the Holy Spirit spoke to Bishop Johnson to change the name of the Church to Champions Cathedral on March 12, 2017; Bishop Johnson states “After all the hell me, and my loyal supporters had to suffer through from former parishioners, and in the local community, the last thing I was interested in was making another name change, but the Lord said to me this name change represents the constant victory you have in Jesus over all of life’s circumstance; for the Lord said I am going to use this Church mightily to build winning lives”.