A Brief History Of Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church

Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1985 in the Evanston Community by Dr. C. Jerome Brown. The church received its name from the wife of our founder Sister D. Austin Brown, and upon being installed by the late Dr. Gordon Humphrey; the ministry of the Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church for all People began.

Christ Temple began holding services at Dawes School in Evanston IL . Internal ministries were formed to assist in the operations of the church. The church grew rapidly, and began to affect the body of Christ in a positive way. The church began to reach out to those in need by serving food at the homeless shelter of the Lake Street Baptist Church . The choirs of Christ Temple have traveled locally and nationally that they might bless the people of God through song. In addition, Pastor Brown stood strong preaching the word of God, and even training other ministers, to place them in pastoral positions.

As the church grew, a desire to find a permanent place to worship became a major concern for the church. The decision was made to construct a new building, and under the leadership of Pastor Brown, Deacon John Threats, and Deacon Sam Martin, the church purchased lots, and construction began on the corners of Brown and Simpson in Evanston IL .

As the church pressed on, our spiritual leader, Pastor Brown began to weaken. It was only due to his illness that he was elevated to the position of Pastor Emeritus, and after a brief pastoral search, Christ Temple installed Jesse E. Grant as pastor. Due to doctrinal issues, Pastor Jesse Grant and the Christ Temple Church severed ties, however, we continue in fellowship to this day!

In 1996, our Founding Pastor, the Reverend Doctor C. Jerome Brown, was called from work to reward. We to this day cherish his memory, and thank God for blessing us with such a wonderful man of God and Friend.

Later in 1996, after a pastoral search, which involved much fasting and praying the Christ Temple Church installed Reverend Kenneth E. Cherry as pastor. Pastor Cherry came to the church and with great passion and energy, fervently preached the word of God, as well as ministering to the needs of the people of God. Many had fallen away from the church, but God began to do a great work in the life of the ministry. God again began to send laborers to the vineyard, and caused the church to grow as he saw fit. A greater emphasis was placed on the teaching ministries of the Church, and God continues to bless in many different ways!

In 2006, after struggling in many ways with the construction of our building, the church unanimously decided to sell the property and seek God for a new venue in finding a place to worship. We value the work and efforts put forth by our Founding Pastor, as well as the labor of many that have gone to their rest, and will ever memorialize their efforts.

As we move forward, we thank God for our valuable past, our exciting present, and we trust God in shaping our promising future.


Christ Temple
Missionary Baptist Church
2010 Dewey Street
Evanston, Ill. 60201-3021

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