Utilizing 365 stop controls, the organ employs more than 250 speaker cabinets located in seven chambers throughout the 7,000 seat Worship Center.
With a church membership of over 27,000 and a yearly worship attendance of six million, Bellevue Baptist Church of Cordova, Tennessee occupies a place of prominence in its community that few congregations can rival. A decade after moving from downtown Memphis to its current 400 acre campus, Bellevue continues to grow.
Television coverage of Sunday worship services is broadcast throughout the country and around the world through Love Worth Finding TV and Radio Ministry. The music ministry of Bellevue is legendary, with an enrollment of 4,974 people ranging from vocal ensembles to instrumental ensembles including 15 bell choirs, 215 string students, and 4 marching bands. The Adult Choir features more than 500 members and the children's choir program numbers over 2,000.
Bellevue's congregational singing had been accompanied by the church's orchestra and pianist. Despite musical excellence synonymous with Bellevue, the church missed the sound of the pipe organ that graced its former sanctuary. In 1998, led by Bellevue's Minister of Music, Dr. James D. Whitmire, the Organ Selection Committee began its search for an instrument of grand proportions, capable of leading congregational singing and augmenting the church's extensive music ministry. In the end, the Committee selected Allen as their builder of choice.