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WFAA Article: Joel Osteen dedicates Cathedral of Frisco

February 12, 2012

Mike Coscia / WFAA

Posted on February 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

FRISCO — An eight-story cathedral opened in Frisco on Sunday, and the pastor with the largest U.S. congregation showed up to help dedicate the city’s new landmark.

Joel Osteen took part in the celebration Sunday evening before a packed congregation. The new cathedral is part of the expansion of Elevate Life Church.

Osteen told worshipers to expect great things and to be faithful church members. “I hoped tonight you’ll be inspired to say, hey — this is a place of destiny, and I’m a person of destiny. You know, we didn’t just happen to show up in the year of 2012,” he said.

Osteen added that his destiny was to grow Houston’s Lakewood Church from 90 members to more than 43,000 members in attendance every week.

More special events will continue through Wednesday to dedicate the Cathedral of Frisco.

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5 Days of Powerful Worship and Ministry

February 11, 2012

Cathedral of Frisco Dedication WeekJoin Us As We Dedicate The Cathedral of Frisco With 5 Days of Powerful Worship and Ministry!

Saturday, February 11th @ 6pm
Sunday, February 12th @ 9am and 11am
Sunday, February 12th @ 6pm
Monday, February 13th @ 7pm
Tuesday, February 14th @ 7pm
Wednesday, February 15th @ 7pm

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Dallas Morning News Article: Cathedral of Frisco blends old with new

February 10, 2012
Pastor Keith Craft in the Cathedral of Frisco

Louis DeLuca/Staff Photographer. How big is the new cathedral? Pastor Keith Craft knows. It has 3,005 seats, and architect Nicholas Cade said that the Craft was part of the inspiration for its design. “He’s larger than life.”

Staff Writer
Published: 10 February 2012 10:18 PM

The new Cathedral of Frisco brings together the traditional lines of Gothic architecture and the latest in state-of-the-art technology to serve a rapidly growing congregation.

“We wanted to create an experience for people,” pastor Keith Craft said this week as he toured the flurry of activity to finish the nearly 100,000-square-foot addition to Elevate Life Church. “We wanted people not just to see a building but to feel God.”

Religious leaders from across the country will be in Frisco to help celebrate with five days of dedication services that start Saturday night at the church, which traces its roots to services in an elementary school room more than 10 years ago.

Among them is Craft’s friend and televangelist Joel Osteen , who leads America’s largest congregation, at Lakewood Church in Houston. Osteen will lead the Sunday evening services at Elevate Life. Sunday morning services will be led by George Wood, superintendent of the Assemblies of God, the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination.

The Cathedral of Frisco’s design leaves no doubt that it is a house of worship. The pointed arches of the narthex stretch 100 feet skyward. That vertical feel continues with the narrow windows lining either side. Grandeur pervades the place, from the extensive cast stone work and gas-fired lanterns on the outside to the custom-made chandeliers and giant stained-glass window inside.

Beyond the grand entryway lies a sanctuary with 3,005 stadium-style seats. The high-tech features onstage rival the best that theatrical productions have to offer. The sound system is the same type used in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. A production crew of 20 will operate the extensive audio, video and lighting systems from a control room.

“We’re a very modern church, but we hold very dear to the traditions of faith,” team pastor Tad Tomaseski said.

To christen the building, volunteers are reading the Bible aloud from cover to cover with hour-long shifts. Craft started at 10 p.m. Tuesday with the words “In the beginning.” His son, Josh, will conclude with “Amen” just before the first service Saturday night.

Growing up

The multimillion-dollar cathedral that towers over the surrounding suburban rooftops is a long way from the church’s beginnings.

Craft spent years preaching around the world with a group of Christian bodybuilders. He later made a name for himself as a motivational speaker, sharing the stage with Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev. His message focuses on the values of leadership.

A group of Frisco residents invited him to settle in Texas and use his “leadershipology” as the basis for a new church. Craft and his wife, pastor Sheila Craft, agreed. Their first services were held in a Frisco elementary school in January 2000.

The church’s original sanctuary opened on 27 acres in western Frisco in 2004. Three years later, ground was broken for the new cathedral. The church’s new name, Elevate Life, came in 2009.

Last fall, the church opened Frisco’s first charter school. Leadership Prep School emphasizes leadership skills for its 250 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Plans are to add a grade each year. The building of a high school also is planned.

Today, Elevate Life’s membership is about 7,000, and it’s still growing.

Old World influence

The new cathedral was originally planned with a modern design. But the Crafts’ tour of historic churches in Europe changed their minds.

Nicholas Cade and his Dallas architectural firm NCA Partners were tasked with creating the Old World design.

“We try to reflect what the church is all about and get their personality and their stamp,” said Cade, who noted Craft was part of the inspiration. “He’s larger than life. … Our job as architects is to try to capture that and present it through the structure.”

The new building has a large children’s wing. It also features a bookstore and an extensive coffee bar with Wi-Fi that will be open to the public. All proceeds will go toward the church’s ministries, which extend from local nonprofits to global groups that help those in need.

There’s also talk of sharing the new sanctuary with community groups. And Craft has visions for the largest production of The A Christmas Carol that North Texas has ever seen. The possibilities seem endless, yet Craft is quick to offer a reminder.

“The building is for one purpose,” he said, “to point people to Christ.”


Dedication services

Dedication services for the Cathedral of Frisco will be today through Wednesday at Elevate Life Church, 8500 Teel Parkway. The public is invited to attend. Services will also be broadcast live online at Schedule of services:


6 p.m. with Keith Craft, senior pastor of Elevate Life Church


9 and 11 a.m. with Dr. George Wood, superintendent of the Assemblies of God, the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination with more than 60 million members

6 p.m. with Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, and a visit from Frisco Mayor Maher Maso


7 p.m. with Ed Young, founder and senior pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine


7 p.m. with Stovall Weems, founder and lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Fla.


7 p.m. with Denny Duron, chancellor of Evangel Christian Academy and pastor of First Assembly of God in Shreveport, La.

SOURCE: Elevate Life Church


Cathedral numbers

A look at some of the numbers involved in the construction of Elevate Life’s Cathedral of Frisco:

$23 million-plus — Cost for site prep and building (excludes technology)

$2 million — Value of donated services for cathedral

100,000 square feet — Addition to Elevate Life’s 27-acre campus

1,300-plus — Number of dimmers installed for light fixtures

100 feet — Height of cathedral

92 hours — Time it will take volunteers to read the Bible aloud from start to finish as part of dedication week

33 feet — Width of each of the two three-tiered chandeliers suspended from cathedral ceiling

20 volunteers — Number of people needed to run extensive audio, video and light system during services

11-plus miles — Audio-visual cable installed

1 Bible — Planted in cement under main stage of sanctuary

SOURCE: Elevate Life Church

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Increase The Dream Weekend

January 30, 2012

2012 Year of Increase The Dream

Partner With Us and INCREASE THE DREAM in 2012! Since the beginning of time, God has had a DREAM! His Kingdom “Dream is to establish HIS CHURCH!” God is looking for those whom He Can flow through, that will become Kingdom Builders, Centurians, and part of the Army of Believers to INCREASE THE DREAM!

Saturday, February 4th @ 6pm
Sunday, February 5th @ 9am and 11am

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Watoto Children’s Choir

January 29, 2012

 Watoto Children's ChoirCome and Experience the Watoto Children’s Choir at Elevate Life Church this weekend, February 4th & 5th!

Learn more about Watoto and the Choir at

Saturday @ 6pm & Sunday @ 9am and 11am
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FAVOR Series This Weekend

January 11, 2012

Favor Series Join Us This Weekend as Pastor Keith Craft continues the FAVOR Series at Elevate Life Church.

Discover how Daniel made his life 10 times better in just 10 days!

Saturday, January 14th @ 6pm and Sunday, January 15th @ 9am and 11am

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Elevate Life Church Story

January 10, 2012

Elevate Life Church StoryA short film encapsulating the vision, heart, and history of Elevate Life Church.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways submit to him, and will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

“This really is just the beginning.” Pastor Keith Craft

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Happy 12th Anniversary

January 10, 2012

Watch Happy 12th Anniversary12th Anniversary Greetings from Jim and Marquerite Reeve, Dino Rizzo, Sergio De La Mora, Russell Evans, Benny Perez, Stovall Weems, Rob and Laura Koke, Tommy Barnett, Glen and Deborah Berteau, David and Nichole Crank, Matthew Barnett and Mark Crow for this Special Weekend at Elevate Life Church to Celebrate 12 Years on Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th.

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21 Day Increase Fast

January 8, 2012

21 Day Increase FastCLICK HERE to download a Message from Pastor Keith Craft & the 21 Day Increase Fast guidelines.

A Special Message From Pastor Keith

January 7, 2012

A Special Message From Pastor Keith 2012 Anniversary WeekendDear Elevate Life Church Family,

I look forward to celebrating our 12 year anniversary with you at our services this weekend. We will be taking a look back at the years in a special video production to commemorate what God has done through THE ELEVATE LIFE CHURCH MEMBERS!!! Yes! The we are celebrating both God’s faithfulness and YOURS!!!

I will also be giving my State of the Church address, as I cast vision into this year that we have declared as the Year of INCREASE!

As we begin this year, believing God’s Promise of Increase to be poured out on us as His People, we will be fasting together as a church. I will announce this weekend that Elevate Life Church will be on a 21 day Daniel Fast starting January 9th through January 29th.

As God’s People, we will fast and seek Him together for those 21 days and we will watch as He reveals Himself to us in a powerful way!!!

2 Chronicles 7:14-16 “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy-a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.”

God has chosen Elevate Life Church…The Cathedral of Frisco…to be a holy place where His name will be honored forever and a place where His eyes will be open and His ears attentive to our every prayer that comes from this place!!! Join me as together we celebrate where we have been, but even more importantly as we usher in what is about to be!!!

Honored to be your Pastor,
Pastor Keith