Pastor Orlin R. Fauss was 1 year old when his parents moved to Houston to begin Bethel Tabernacle. He grew up watching and participating in the establishment and growth of Bethel. After graduating from Milby High School in Houston he graduated from Apostolic Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1947, he and his wife, Lois, entered the ministry as traveling evangelists. Their travels were throughout Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Brother and Sister Fauss pastured churches in Diboll, Texas, Nacogdoches, Texas and Jena, Louisiana before moving to Houston. During this period of time, their three sons Deryl, David and Gary were born.
Rev. O. R. Fauss, together with his wife, Lois, and three sons, moved to Houston in January 1960. They moved from Shady Grove, Jena, Louisiana to help his father, the late Oliver F. Fauss, the founder the church.
In 1976, a new sanctuary was built at 14615 Aldine-Westfield Rd. In 1978, Pastor O.R. Fauss felt the need for Christian education and Bethel Christian Academy was founded. BCA has graduated hundreds of students over the past 29 years. For over 47 years, Pastor and Mrs. O.R. Fauss have been the wonderful pastors of Bethel Tabernacle. Literally, many hundreds of people have been saved and touched by the powerful pastoral ministry of Pastor O.R. Fauss. Many of these are scattered throughout churches in Houston area serving the Lord.
Pastor O.R. Fauss became one of the greatest evangelists of our time, seeing thousands saved by giving himself to preaching your camps, camp meetings and conferences all across our fellowship and around the world. Pastor Fauss preached over 200 camp meetings, youth camps and youth conventions. He served as the first Youth President of the Texas District United Pentecostal Church in the early 50s. He served for with years as an instructor at Texas Bible College writing and completing an extensive doctrinal study that he used as a curriculum for his classes. He also served for many years on the United Pentecostal Church International Sunday School Curriculum Committee.
Bro. Fauss slipped into eternity on June 18, 2013 a little after 5:00 pm in Houston, Texas surrounded by close family.