1972, Bishop W. L. Porter founded Greater Community Temple Church
Of God In Christ. The church was located in an area of Memphis that
desperately needed a true God-sent ministry. Even though the initial
congregation consisted of Bishop Porter's immediate family only, Greater
Community Temple was recognized as the largest COGIC building in the
city. Newspapers across town jokingly stated the church had "Everything...
Community Temple (GCT) became a beacon of hope for North Memphis,
providing physical, mental, and spiritual nurturing for many families.
In 1991, after years of watching God move miraculously, Bishop Porter
appointed his son, Brandon B. Porter, as the pastor of this great
ministry. Since Brandon Porter's appointment, GCT has grown tremendously
in membership and service towards the community, therefore, continuing
the standard of excellence established by Bishop W.L. Porter.
Bishop Brandon and Mrs. Porter, along with the GCT family, are continuing
to "Impact the Community to Change the World." Like North
Memphis, Hickory Hill was another community in need of a “soil-breaker.”
Brandon Porter was sent by God to enrich this area by planting an
ever yielding Word of God to people hungry for the truth. In 1999,
by acquiring our East Memphis-Hickory Hill property, we became “One
Church in Two Locations.” Even our Family Life Center flourishes
as a “Beacon of Hope,” compelling the saved and unsaved
to come in and fellowship.
Community Temple offers many avenues of ministry for the community,
which includes television, radio, and the worldwide web, seen and
heard throughout the week. The cutting edge and progressive efforts
of Greater Community Temple Ministries have fortified its commitment
to "Build a Greater Community" by breathing life, prosperity,
and spiritual vitality into the depths of Memphis and the Mid-South.