A Brief History
At Jefferson's Mortuary chapel in Millington, TN on the eve of May 22, 1985, Pastor H.D. Carmichael, Sr. called together a group of religious leaders from the Friendship District Association to help organize “Holy Temple Missionary Baptist Church.” Armed with the job of “gathering the scattered sheep.” The shepherd and his flock of 44 members set out to win the lost for Jesus Christ.
Holy Temple had its first worship services on May 26, 1985 at the Jefferson Mortuary chapel. The church worshiped in this facility until the it became too small because the membership grew to 177. So in September of that same year, the church leased the old West (Lower) Canaan Church Building in Millington, TN. After worshiping at the West Canaan location, the leadership looked for a more permanent place. As the Lord would have it, a Holy Temple member, Sis. Millie Crayton, owned 12 acres of land, which she sold 8 acres to the church for $24,000. In April of 1986 with the blessing the church, about 500 feet from the road construction of a metal composed building began. With the tithes, offerings, and generous gifts Holy Temple was permanently affixed at 4590 New Allen Road, Memphis, TN on December 7, 1986.
In 1988 the first addition to the structure included pastor’s study and 4 classrooms. In 1990, the second addition to the structure included the baptistery, 2 restrooms, and 6 addition classrooms. On November 23, 1991, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Fayne sold the church a 5 acre parcel of land for $15,000 in Brighton, TN. After fulfilling the state’s and county’s requirement, the Holy Temple Cemetery became a reality in the winter of 1992. In 1996, 4 more additional rooms were added. In 2003, Sis. Crayton sold the church the remaining acres of her land and now the church sits on 12 beautiful acres.
At the end of December 2004, Pastor H.D. Carmichael Sr. resigned as the leader of Holy Temple and Rev. Brian Carmichael Sr. was elected as the new pastor and began to serve as the new shepherd in January 2005. Under the leadership of Pastor Brian Carmichael, Holy Temple adopted this motto ‘Raising a Standard of Spiritual Excellence’. Pastor Brian has incorporated the 5 Purposes of the church into the life of the church. Those purposes are: Ministry, Mission, Maturity, Membership, and Magnification. Pastor Brian has challenged the membership to move back to the biblical understanding of church. He says,
- Selfishness has no place in the body of Christ. We must stop looking at Christ like He is a police officer, a Santa Claus, or firefighter. We are called to deny self, take up our cross, and follow Him.
- Separation among saints has no place in the body of Christ. We must stop telling other saints to mind their own business. You are my business!
- Superior thinking, pride, has no place in the body of Christ. We are not better than anyone else. We need one another. Our growth and health as saints depends on it.
- As a church, we cannot focus on the trees and miss the big picture. Everyone has the same ministry. We are all called to make disciples. Whether you are involved in music, ushering, helping people, prayer, bus, or any other acts of service, the overall objective for each of us is to make disciples.
We are also a more technologically driven church with a church website and Facebook page. On the website you are able to register for any events, view the bible study online, give online, and submit prayer request. Holy Temple now has a Church Mission, Vision, and logo.
Pastor Brian has also integrated a Discovering Membership Class which give prospective members a opportunity to understand the direction of HT church family. A Discipleship Pathway for members has been implemented. He has also defined all leadership positions for each ministry, including creating policies and procedures for all activities related to the church.
Holy Temple has undergone many spiritual and physical improvements. The sanctuary and the fellowship were renovated along with a security system and improvements to the outside of the building.
Pastor Brian Carmichael Sr. is building on the foundation that was set by our Founder Pastor H.D. Carmichael, Sr. We have been tremendously blessed and thank God continuously for our Pastor Brian and First Lady Stacey Carmichael.