Our Mission & Vision

Bethel World Prayer Center is a result of a vision God gave to Maxine Speich (Co-Founder).  In the Fall of 1994 Pastor Gene and Maxine Speich attended the World Prayer Congress hosted by the Yoido Full Gospel Church (Pastor David Yungi Cho) in Seoul, South Korea.  At this World Prayer Conference more than 1 million intercessors from all over the world gathered to pray.  Maxine was moved by the experience as she saw a multitude of people crying out to God.  She asked God why Columbus, Ohio could not have such a prayer center.  God's response to her was that He would make such a prayer center possible in Columbus, OH.  Then He told her how to proceed.

In the Fall of 2009 the planning began to start Bethel World Prayer Center. In January 2010 Pastor Gene and Maxine Speich concluded 41 years as senior pastor of Evangel Temple Assembly of God in Gahanna, OH (suburb of Columbus), and began to put all their energy towards seeing God's promise fulfilled.  Bethel World Prayer Center today has a Prayer Room that is open from 9am-4pm Monday through Friday.  It conducts a weekly prayer meeting on Saturday and two services on Sunday.  It has a worldwide following on the web and receives prayer requests and testimonies 24/7 via email and phone.

Pastor Gene SpeichPastor Gene Speich

Pastor Gene Speich, as co-founder, ministers from a pastor’s heart. His anointed teaching/preaching is spiritual food for spiritual growth. His love for Israel and the Jew is evident as he reminds the Body of Christ to continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  Pastor Speich's compassion and love for all who stand in need is expressed as he takes time to pray with each one believing for God's answer.

Pastor Speich is a regular speaker at the Prayer Center. He weekly visits the shut in, those in the hospital or retirement homes. Pastor Speich leads “A Call to Prayer”, a weekly prayer group, and serves in all areas of pastoral care.


Maxine Speich

Maxine Speich, Co-Founder

Maxine Speich, as co-founder, defines the vision that God gave her in 1994 for the prayer center. Her passion for praise, worship, prayer, revival and the Jewish people exemplifies the vision mandate.  Her heart’s desire is to see 24/7 Praise & Worship/Prayer. “Beulah Land” is the name God gave her for the 38 acres that the ministry owns and is the site for the future home of the 24/7 prayer campus.  Maxine leads “A Call to Prayer”, a weekly prayer group, and is a key intercessor praying for those who come with needs.

What we believe:

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