The Reverend Curtis Hamilton has seen this ministry grow from its humble beginning to its present location at 299 East Utica Street, Buffalo, New York. It was in the summer of 1980, under the leadership of the late Bishop James A. Dockery, that he received a call to seek the lost at any cost. Consequently, he moved, at the leading of the Holy Spirit, from 800 Sycamore Street to where his sister lived and began preaching at her home at Dodge and Michigan Avenue. It was a place that was known for its activities; where men engaged in their drinking, gambling and after hour social activities. Here he had a captive audience and began preaching and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He was led to seek a more suitable place of worship. Therefore, it was at 120 Laurel Street that the Word of Faith COGIC was born. The Lord filled the house not only with His presence, but also with converted souls. The church remained in that location for about 1 and ½ years. The ministry increased from 5 to 45 which exceeded the seating capacity and the church began to seek for a larger facility. In 1983, the Lord directed the young Pastor to 299 East Utica Street. The building was formerly used as a Post Office, but now it was time to change its purpose from a place where letters were post marked to a cathedral where soul are marked with eternal life. The Pastor and members of the church renovated the building which became a soul saving station for the lost and a haven for the saints to grow in grace.
In 1995 the new current place of worship was built and has a seating capacity of over 400 people. Later, the church’s name was legally changed from Word of Faith COGIC to Word of Faith Church due to some differences in the biblical interpretation of Scripture. The ministry has expanded to include the following auxiliaries: Usher Board, Choir, Sunday School Department, Youth Department, Media Department, Greeters, and Women-in-White that serve during Communion, which all play a vital role in building and sustaining the house of God. It is the vision now to look beyond the walls of this facility to meet the needs of this growing community, as stated in the church’s mission – “to train an army of men and women, going forth winning souls for Christ.”