Our History


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Holy Temple Church got its start back in 1919 and is affiliated with the United Holy Church of America. Through the years Holy Temple has hosted many Local, District, State, and General Functions and continues to serve as one of the pillar churches of the Virginia District Convocation. Holy Temple also has the distinction of being the Mother Church for several United Holy Churches located within the Tidewater District. It should be noted that several of Holy Temple’s Pastors and leaders have gone on to serve at the highest levels of the United Holy Church including the office of General President. The list of pastors include:

  • Dr. Charles Satchell Morris (1919-1926)
  • Rev H.H. Hariston (1926 – 1931)
  • Rev James E. Delk and Rev Thomas Richter (1931 – 1934)
  • Elder William Clements (1934 – 1948)
  • Rev H.W. Fields (1948 – 1954)
  • Rev Paul Bradley (1955 – 1984)
  • Elder Sandy Boyd (1984 – 1985)
  • Bishop S.E. Pugh (1985 – 1990)
  • Elders Steven & Maggie Pierce (1991 – Present)

In August 1991, Steven Pierce, a native of Jennings, Florida and his wife Maggie, a native of Hollister, North Carolina were installed as pastors of Holy Temple Church. They’ve continued to build upon the foundation of previous pastors and also brought with them an uncompromising commitment to the Word and Spirit of God.

The old sanctuary

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This building is now used as our Multi Purpose Center.

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our new building

Built in 2012

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