Temple Church of God In Christ was established in the year 1952
on Riverside drive in Bozentown,
known as East Chattanooga, Tennessee. The founder of this church
was Elder James E. Pinkard. He conducted his meetings and services
in a tent structure.
March of 1953, the church purchased a lot on 2311 Bliss Avenue
to which the tent structure measured 18' x 26' was moved. Church
services were to continue in the tent for the next year-and-a-half,
at which time the church building was erected. The church Trustee
board consisted of Elder James Pinkard, Elder James Baugh, and
Sister Evelyn Henderson.
October of 1957, Elder James E. Pinkard moved from Chattanooga,
to Connecticut; subsequently, Elder James M. Scott, Sr. was
appointed Pastor of Holy Temple. Five years later the church
moved to Central and Flynn Street for a few months and then
to 1305 East Eight Street. The Lord richly blessed the church.
Many souls were added to the Lord's Roll.
the end of the year of 1969, Holy Temple resided with Miracle
Temple Church of God In Christ. In May of 1970, construction
began at the church's original location on Bliss Avenue. In
November of 1971, Holy Temple came home to its new edifice to
continue worshipping the true and living God.
Church continued to grow under the leadership and visions of
Pastor Scott. The Trustee Board grew from three to seven members.
In 1992 the Lord gave Pastor Scott the vision to enlarge the
church. The lord blessed and the walls went up because the people
had a mind to work.
souls have passed through these scared walls. Many stayed here
to work out their soul salvation. Others, the Lord saw fit to
send out into the hedges and highways. Triumphantly some or
of our loved ones was called from labor to reward to forever
reward to be with our precious Lord.
Holy Temple our desire is to see more souls added to the church
and to go to higher heights in the Lord. In the year 1996 the
Lord ordained Pastor Scott to Bishop over the Eastern Second
Jurisdiction of Tennessee.
have been through some storms and rain,
We've had tears and pain,
And peace will remain
If we continue in Jesus name.
Through it all we can humbly say
"UP UNTIL NOW GOD HAS BEEN GOOD TO US."
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