Church History

Evangel Temple Christian Center first held services on September 13, 1964, in the Evangel College library in what is now the Carl Erickson reading room. The congregation, which included 33 charter members, worshipped in these temporary facilities while a permanent site was made ready. The Home Missions Department of the Assemblies of God provided a $5,000 grant and a $5,000 lean with an additional $2,000 raised by the congregation. Three and seven-tenths (3.7) acres were purchased at the corner of Battlefield and Luster. The church later purchased three-fourths of an acre and adjoining land. Then across the street from the property they purchased another acre and a half that included a brick home and a sturdy milking barn. The barn was converted into an attractive sanctuary and the remainder of the farm facilities was rehabilitated for use in the church-school program. Dedication services were held on December 6, 1966.

Because of continued growth, it became necessary for the congregation to expand the worship space by building on the northwest corner of Battlefield and Luster. On Sunday, May 6, 1973, the congregation dedicated its new sanctuary at that location. At this time there were two morning services and two evening services to accommodate the number of people attending. In 1985, the congregation purchased the White House at the northeast Battlefield/Luster corner. The house adjacent to the church drive at 2035 E. Holly Court was purchased in 2001, and the first house on Meadow Drive adjacent to the Barn property was purchased in 2002. The church recently completed a major facilities addition and remodel, and is currently in a strategic planning process which includes evaluation of both ministries and facilities in preparation for future development.

In September, 1974, the church sent its first pioneer missionaries, Cal and Kathy LeMon, to begin a new church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since then, Evangel Temple has sent out missionaries from the congregation to begin new works in numerous locations on the East coast. A yearly trip to Mexico began in 1982, when lay people from within the congregation traveled to Mexico to build a church in an impoverished area. Since then, the people of Evangel Temple have traveled numerous places at home and abroad in missions efforts.

Reverend Ralph Kay was the founding pastor of Evangel Temple. Reverend David Rees-Thomas, Reverend Ron Cottle, Reverend Cal LeMon, Reverend Jerry Sandidge, Reverend Herschel Rosser have served Evangel Temple as its Senior Pastors. At present, Reverend Charles D. Arsenault is the Senior Pastor.