Mt. Carmel was able to purchase the small edifice at 764 Bassett Street, Columbus, Ohio in June of 1953. It was a little larger than a three car garage with no air conditioning, kitchen, or class rooms. Service was held 3 times on Sunday, in the morning, afternoon, & evening. Service was also held on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Bishop Craft preached, “Don't Let Your Hands Be Weak.” He is remembered for his favorite song, “The Storm is Passing Over, Hallelujah.” Bishop Craft was the shepherd of Mt. Carmel's flock until God called him home on August 9, 1955. Before he passed, Bishop Craft turned the church over to his faithful and loving wife and made her promise to keep the church doors open. She did just that.
As time passed and the church grew, God gave Mother Craft a vision. A church without a vision will perish. Mother Craft believed, “If God said it, it can be done.” Regardless of the trials and tribulations, she stood by faith. Many people told her she was too old and others advised her the church had too few members. Mother Craft knew there is no failure in God and that He reigns supreme.