Transformational Purpose Statement
We purpose to love all we encounter into the Kingdom,
Maintain and empower them for Kingdom building,
and Release them to Kingdom work!
The history of Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church
In 1928 a minister named Thomas Jones started a work in Fort Wayne. In the early 1930's Elder Edward Jones, and his wife, Sis. Ada Jones, moved from Indianapolis to Fort Wayne, as they were sent by District Elder (Bishop) Oscar Sanders of Muncie, to champion the Apostolic cause in Fort Wayne. At that time Bishop G.T. Haywood was serving as Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. The church's humble beginnings were led by the Joneses and they met in homes having prayer and holding on to the faith to do an even greater work. In preparation for greater things they rented a building on the corner of Hayden and Chute streets, however, in the Spring, just a few days before the official installation service of Elder and Sister Jones as Pastor and First Lady, Elder Edward Jones tragically lost his life in a fall while working on the Lincoln National Bank building. Elder Jones' death was a tough blow to the ministry, but the work continued steadfastly as Elder Weekly, also of Indianapolis, continued the house to house prayer meetings along with Mom Luella Kelly and Sister Mayhorn until Elder Weekly returned to Indianapolis.
In 1932 Dist. Eld. Oscar Sanders again sent a couple to spur on the work of the Apostolic faith in Fort Wayne. This time he sent Eld. Luther and Sister Cecelia Gray. Eld. and Sis. Gray rented a building at 1337 Hayden St. and their first service was held on July 4th. In that meeting Henry W. Jones was baptized in Jesus' name (our first baptism) and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. The following Sunday his wife, Sis. Helen Jones, was convicted in her heart, she was baptized in Jesus' name and received the gift of the Holy Spirit too. These were the first two baptized converts of this ministry, little did they know that God had positioned them to play an even larger role in the history of the Apostolic faith in our area.
The original congregation consisted of eight members and began to grow quickly. Later that same year the church moved to 1412 S. Hanna St. where membership continued to increase. It became apparent that they needed another building, hence, in the Spring of 1933 the church purchased the property at 1350 Hayden Street. The church would remain at that location for the next sixteen years.
In the next year, 1934, Brother Henry Jones was called into the ministry. Under the tutelage of Elder Gray, he grew in the faith and was appointed as the first assistant pastor. For the next nine years God was preparing Elder Jones in the pastoral duties under the auspicious guidance and leadership of Elder Gray. In March of 1943 Pastor Gray became ill and was unable to perform his sacred duties, without delay Elder Jones began to function as the pastor.
Elder Luther W. Gray died January 10, 1944. Elder Henry W. Jones and Sister Helen Jones were then installed as the new pastor and first lady of Christ Temple. The church grew and flourished, as such, Elder Jones noted the need for a new sanctuary. The land at 1327 Winter Street was donated by the Selbys, the owners of the Selby Grocery Store who additionally made a large financial contribution. The congregation worked and helped in the financing of a new edifice. Construction of the new building began October 8, 1949 and was completed within one year. The church was dedicated on October 7, 1950. Bishop Karl F. Smith, the president of Aenon Bible College of Columbus, OH, officiated the dedication service. The newly completed church edifice cost Christ Temple more than $120,000. The church was the first in the ABSA (4th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World) to have an air conditioned sanctuary and to use glass doors in the vestibule entrance. Closely following the completion of this building project, Elder Henry Jones was promoted to the office of District Elder.
After the death of Sister Helen Jones, Dist. Eld. Henry Jones married Sis. Inez Woods. In 1987, after serving for forty-three years as pastor, Dist. Eld. Jones stepped down and retained the honorable title of "pastor emeritus" until his death in August of 1996. In the retirement celebration services for Dist. Eld. Jones, Elder E.C. Haywood was installed as senior pastor, and his wife Julia Haywood became the first lady.
During the next twenty-six years of pastoral leadership, Elder Haywood was elevated to the office of District Elder, and again to the office of Suffragan Bishop. Under his leadership Christ Temple has grown and flourished both numerically and spiritually. More than ten other Apostolic Churches have been birthed out of Christ Temple and numerous phenomenal preachers have been produced and sent out into the Lord's vineyard. Christ Temple, under Sufg. Bishop Haywood's watch, erected the Memorial Park Estates independent living facility for seniors.
After the passing of the beloved First Lady Julia Haywood, Sufg. Bishop Haywood was blessed by the hand of God again as he married Prophet Brenda Hood.
In June of 2010, under the leadership of Sufg. Bishop E.C. and Prophet Brenda Haywood, Christ Temple bought the building of the former Grace Lutheran Church at 2940 S. Anthony Blvd. Upon moving in, for the first service in July, we officially became Greater Christ Temple!
On Sunday, January 26, 2014 Suffragan Bishop Haywood laid hands upon his youngest son, Apostle Mark A. Haywood along with his wife Lady Krishana Haywood, and installed him as the new senior pastor of Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible teaches that there is only one true God.
* Isaiah 43-11/44:8/45:22/Deuteronomy 4:35/4:39
The Bible teaches that God, by creation, is our Father.
* Isaiah 63:26/Malachi 2:10/Ephesians 4:5-6
The Bible teaches that God is holy.
* Leviticus 20:26/19:2/Isaiah 5:16/30:15
The Bible teaches that God is a Spirit.
* John 4:24/2 Corinthians 3:17
A biblical descriptive title for God is “The Holy Spirit”.
* Acts 5:3-4
2. The Bible
The Bible is the infallible inspired Word of God; the word “inspired” meaning God-breathed and every word is true.
* 2 Timothy 3:16/John 17:17/Proverbs 30:5/Psalm 19:7-11
3. The Fallen State Of Man
Adam was created without sin, but by sinning he was separated from relationship with God, and all of humanity, being in Adam, became separated from God as sinners from birth.
* Romans 3:23/Galatians 3:22/Ecclesiastes 7:20/Psalm 14:2-3
When Adam sinned death was introduced to humanity, death being the payment for sin.
* Romans 6:23/Ezekiel 18:4/Romans 5:12
All who die without biblical salvation, without having their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will see death, followed by Hell, and finally eternal torment in the Lake of Fire, which is the second death.
* Revelation 20:10 and vs.14-15/Matthew 25:41
4. The Lord Jesus Christ
The Bible teaches that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of the living God.
* Matthew 16:16/John 20:3031/1 John 5:5
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is both fully Divine and fully human.
* Isaiah 9:6/Matthew 1:21-23/John 20:28/2 Peter 1:1/Colossians 2:8-9
* John 1:14/1 Timothy 2:5/3:16/Hebrews 2:17-18
The Bible Teaches that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin.
* Isaiah 7:17/Matthew 1:18-25/Luke 1:30-35
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life.
* Hebrews 4:14-15/7:26/1 Peter 2:21-22/1 John 3:5
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead the third day.
* Matthew 27:32-28:8/1 Corinthians 15:3-4
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ ascended back to Heaven.
* Mark 16:19/Luke 24:51-53/Acts 1:9-11
Every person is born in need of salvation, as sinners.
* Romans 3:23/Galatians 3:22
Jesus Christ was sent for our salvation.
* John 3:16-17/Luke 19:10
Jesus commands that all people repent lest they perish.
* Matthew 4:17/Mark 1:14-15/Luke 13:3 and vs.5/Acts 17:30-31
The Apostles, like Jesus, preached repentance as necessary for salvation.
* Acts 2:38/3:19
Jesus taught that water baptism and Spirit baptism are essential to salvation.
* John 3:3-5/Mark 16:16/Luke 24:45-49
The Apostles, like Jesus, preached water baptism and Spirit baptism for salvation.
* Acts 2:38/8:12-17/10:44-48/19:4-6/Titus 3:5
The Apostles always baptized in the name of Jesus Christ as Christ instructed them, we also follow the Apostles by baptizing in the name of Jesus Christ.
* Acts 2:38/8:16/10:47-49/19:5/Romans 6:3/Colossians 3:17
Water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ is for the remission or washing away of sins.
* Acts 2:38/10:43/22:16/Luke 24:46-47
Water baptism is by complete immersion and only for those who believe the gospel of Jesus Christ.
* Mark 1:9-10/Acts 8:38/ and Acts 2:41/8:35-38
The initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance.
* Acts 2:4/10:44-46/19:5-6
Jesus Christ saves us from sin.
* Matthew 1:21/Colossians 1:13
This salvation is only available by the grace and mercy of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
* Ephesians 2:8/Titus 3:4-7
6. Holiness God commands us to be holy even as He is holy, being separated from sin and totally dedicated to God.
* Leviticus 20:26/1 Peter 1:13-16/1 Thessalonians 5:22
We can only be holy by the blood of Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God.
* 1 Corinthians 6:11/Hebrews 9:14
Holiness is not a list of do’s and don’ts, but simple obedience to the Spirit of God.
* Colossians 2:20-23/Galatians 5:16
7. Divine Healing
The atonement of Christ on the cross provides not only remission of sins but also the healing for the physical body.
* Isaiah 53:4-5/James 5:16/1 Peter 2:24
God has empowered all believers generally, and the elders specifically, to pray effectively for the healing of others.
* Mark 16:17-18/James 5:13-15
8. The Priesthood of all Christians
The Bible teaches that every saved person is a priest and minister of the Most High God.
* 1 Peter 2:5/2:9
As priests, every Christian has direct access and communication with God.
* Hebrews 4:16/10:19-22
9. The Ascension Gifts
When Christ ascended back to heaven he gave gifts (spiritual giftings) to mankind, these gifts include primarily what is known as the five-fold ministry:
These gifts were given for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, until we all come to unity in The Faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to the perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. This point the body of Christ has not yet reached, thusly, these gifts continue with us even until this day.
* Ephesians 4:11-16
10. The Great Tribulation
The Bible teaches that in the end times a great tribulation and persecution shall come against the Church.
* Matthew 24:15-22/Revelation 12:13-17
11. The Second Coming
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ will return to earth in like manner as He ascended, to destroy His enemies, set up His earthly Kingdom, and reign from a literal throne in Jerusalem. Satan shall be bound for one thousand years.
* Matthew 24:29-30/Acts 1:11/Revelation 19:11-16
12. The Rapture
At Christ’s coming the Christians shall be caught up to meet Him in the air and change from mortal to immortal in the twinkling of an eye.
* Matthew 24:29-31/2 Thessalonians 4:16-17/1 Corinthians 15:51-52
13. The Millennium
Christ shall reign for one thousand years, after which Satan will be released, he shall mount a revolt against God and His people, and be destroyed by the fire of God.
* Revelation 20:4-10/Daniel 7:9-14
14. Final Judgment
After God defeats Satan’s final revolt He shall sit on a great white throne and pass final judgment on the dead.
* Revelation 20:10-15/2 Thessalonians 1:6-9
15. New Heavens and Earth
The old heaven and earth shall pass away and a new heaven and earth shall be revealed.
* Revelation 21:1 /2 Peter 3:11-13 .
District Elder Henry W. Jones Suffragan Bishop E.C. Haywood Apostle Mark A. Haywood
1944 - 1987 1987 - 2014 2014 - present
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