CHURCH HISTORY


PURPOSE STATEMENT

Greater Temple of God Missionary Baptist Church purpose is summarized in a single sentence; based on two key scriptures: "We believe a great commitment to the great commandment and the great commission will grow a great church."
The great commandment Matthews 22:36-40. The great commission Matthews 28:19-20.

Standing in the present reflecting on the past, we see the hand of God manipulating the church according to His own will.

Organization of Church:

Date: Friday, July 28, 1967

Place: Great Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles, CA

Presbyters: The Rev.'s R.W. McCraw, Moderator, W.D. Donaldson, B.L. Houghton, A.J. Smith, and Sis. Celestine Nelson-Acting Church Clerk.

Chartered Members: Earnestine Bady, Carol Bankhead, Rev. G.L. Harmon, Mary Helen Harrison, Patricia Ann Harrison, Celestine Nelson, Lillie Potts, Barbara Saniford, Emma Jean Snead, Amanda Jane Turner, Antonia Turner, Benjamin Turner, Peggy Turner, and Rosie Pope.

Church Name: Temple Of God Missionary Baptist Church

Organizing Pastor: The Rev. Willie T. Snead, Sr.

Church Guidelines:

1. To use the Bible at all times as the guide for the church.

2. To be led by the Holy Spirit.

3. To be governed by the church covenant and the eighteen Articles of Faith.

Ministries: Evangelism (Sunday School), Baptist Training (discipleship), Church Clerk, Announcing Clerk, Treasurer, Deacons, Trustees, Brotherhood, Mother's, Sr. and Jr. Women's Missionary Union, Ushers, Choir, Radio, Pastor's Aid, Calender Club, and Busy Bees.

Church Renamed:

Date: July 7, 1969 the church added "Greater" to its name for the purpose of becoming incorporated and a non-profit body.

Property Purchased:

Date: November 21, 1971 Greater Temple purchased property extending from 1404-1416 E. Firestone Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.

Ground Breaking:

Date: January 28, 1973

New Edifice:

Date: July 6 1980 marched "debt free" into new edifice 1404 E. Firestone Blvd., where we are still located.

First Baptism:

Date: July 6, 1980 Greater Temple baptized fifteen (15) candidates ages 7-74 in her first baptism in the new edifice.

Laying Cornerstone:

Date: May 3, 1981

Expanded Facilities:

Date: June 5, 1985 started construction to add offices, classrooms, and other facilities; completed on December 20, 1986

Mortgage Burning:

Date: January 26, 1986

Child Care Center:

Date: September 1993 opened a Christian Child Care Center for children age two through six. The center is an enhancement to our church and community. Pastor W.T. Snead, Sr., Administrator; Denise Burton, Assistant Administrator; Rose Burton, Director.

Denominational Affiliations:

Greater Temple is denominationally aligned with: Pacific District Missionary Baptist Association, California Missionary Baptist State Convention, National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, and the Southern Baptist Convention - Crescent Bay Association

Off Campus Seminar:

Date: November 30, through December 2, 1995, Greater Temple hosted the first African-American Baptist Church off campus seminar in the history of the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Instructors were Dr.'s Wille T. Snead, Sr.,Leroy Gainey, John Shouse and the Rev's. Charles Johnson and Eugene Bryant.

Through Pastor Snead's visionary leadership and his Radio Ministry, hundred of souls united by letter, retoration, and candidate for baptism. Six laymen acknowledged their calling from God. Myriad wedding ceremonies performed, babies blessed, and eulogies officiated for those who now sleep. The pastor's and church's mottoes amplify the reason for the above activities.

 

Our Pastor's Motto:

"All things are possible to him who believes." Mark 9:23b (nkjv)

Our Church Motto:

"Our Church: A Christ Centered Church with a Bible Teaching Ministry"

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