Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church

Church History

Christ Temple Celebrates 38 years of Services opening it's doors on December 3, 1982. With the blessing of the California Hawaii Nevada District Council; affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World organization. Christ Temple opens its door and had its first service December 3rd, 1982 at 3085 54th Street San Diego , California

Two years later we out grew 3085 54th with 75 members and moved next door to 3081 54th Street, where God moved and manifest His supernatural power at CTAC in such a magnificent manner that Pastor McGriff began to refer to CTAC as “The Miracle on 54th Street” as a slogan that still applies today. We outgrew 3081 54th of 220 soul’s and was forced to move to 5952 El Cajon Blvd. where we remodel the two story building to accommodate class rooms, church administration, board room and a sanctuary. In 2001 we outgrew the El Cajon Blvd. property in San Diego and were forced to move again on April 28th 2001, where we move to our present location at 309 Prescott Avenue El Cajon , California to a larger facility with the sanctuary seating 500 including the balcony and overflow room, class rooms, cooperate office, fellowship hall, and University.

Through the leadership of Dr. Donnie N. McGriff (Former Adjutant and Bishop of World Won for Christ Ministries International) many ministries have been developed to minister to the community, such as an Armed Forces Ministry (ship ministry), food and clothing for the needy in Mexico, using senior and college students for mentoring youth after school, and weekend youth programs just to name a few. Presently, there are 28 in house ministries established and designed to meet the needs of the total man, spiritually, physically, and mentally.


Fifteen (22) Ministers received the called to Pastor.


1. Elder Herbert Mills, Spring Valley, California 

2. Elder Timothy Robinson, Garden City ,Kansas 

3. Elder Wash Carthon, Newport News , Virginia

4. Bishop John Givens, Spring Valley, California

5. Bishop John T. Smith, Indianapolis, Indiana

6. Elder Charlie A Jones, Naples, Italy

7. Elder Kelvin Clark, Greater Harvest Church, Fresno, Texas

8. Elder Vernon Miller, Jacksonville, North Carolina

9. Elder Kiplon L. Taylor, Atlanta, Georgia

10. Elder James Willingham, Bible LIght Ministries, Spring Valley, California

11. Elder Patrick N. Daniels, Fellowship of Zion Apostolic, Murrieta, California

12. Elder TL Carter, Mt Calvary Ministries, Lemon Grove, California

13. Elder Grover Ford, Stockton, California

14. Elder Chanda G. Simmons, Christ Deliverance Ministries, El Cajon, California

15. Elder Johannas Prem Mallipudi, Tanuku, India (International)

16. Elder John Tomlin, God’s Will Deliverance Ministries, Sicily, Italy

17. Elder Arthur Felton, New LIfe In Jesus Christ Ministries, Plano, Texas

18. Elder Brenda Thomas, Tampa, Florida

19. Elder Cheryl James, Las Vegas, Nevada

20. Elder Kenneth Mitchell, Merchant Marine (overseas)

21. Apostle Donald Jones, Faith Harvest Ministries, San Diego, California

22. Pastor Benjamin Andrew, Lake Elsinore


In 1999, God blessed us to open our very own school (International Apostolic University of Southern California), changing the name to Christ Temple International University which is presently afiliated with Aenon Schools of Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. This university is to educate, equip, train, and empower leaders, church workers, evangelist, pastors and all who have a desire to strive for excellence and obtain a fully accredited degree in Christian Education, Theology, Counseling, and Church Administration.


We pray that God will continue to Bless and keep our Bishop and First Lady to give them guidance and strength for the journey.