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Each One, Reach One!

Welcome to Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church. Whether this is your first time with us or you have already made Greater Christ Temple your home church. You're always welcome to Praise/Worsip the Lord here with us at the Temple. We believe that you have chosen this website today! It is God's love that drew you. God wants you to receive a special blessing and feel the power of His Holy Spirit.

--Bishop Dr.  Donnie N. McGriff, Sr.

Elect Lady Dr. Gladys McGriff

The Late Dr. Shirley J. McGriff

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The (late) Dr. Shirley Jean McGriff was born January 22, 1947 in Mt. Enterprise, Texas to the late Brother Eli Williams and Dr. Marjorie Williams who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Married to a wonderful husband District Elder Donnie McGriff for 59 years. Have two sons, four daughters, and four son-n-laws along with 35 grandchildren and 35 great grand’s.

She is the First Lady and Vice President of Christ Temple Apostolic Church for 39 years.


The Women’s Ministry President, the business manager and Vice President of the Christ Temple International Apostolic University in El Cajon City. A natural born leader, a woman of God, a miracle, a woman of virtue, integrity, a woman with purpose and extraordinary talents. She has serve on numerous auxiliaries and trained the Women’s Ministry and other women of different faiths. She served as 2nd assistant to the Ministers Wives at the California District Council in 1997 and decorator for the council.


First Lady McGriff will now assume the roll of the First, Elect Lady of the NEW' Southern California District Council under the leadership of her husband the (Diocesan Bishop). 


Having fulfilling some of her dreams, Dr. McGriff received her Associates Arts Degree in Interior Design and Home furniture 1969. She was ordained as an Elder at the California District Council in 2000. Received her Bachelors Degree from Aenon Bible College in 1980. Further her education with the International Apostolic University of Grace and Truth of Indianapolis, Indiana receiving her B.A. Degree in Business,  Masters of Christian Education and Christian Counseling (sum ma cum laude) and Doctorate of Theology (sum ma cum laude) in 2000 and presently working on Physiology at Aenon Christian College.


With the grace of God and support of her family Dr. McGriff published her first book, “When You Are Miss-Informed, You Will Miss-Inform Others”, in the year of 2000.

When she isn’t planning or working faithfully around the church. She teaches every first Saturday of the month to the Women’s Ministry and the Women in Fellowship, what is your purpose relation with God and walk in Excellence. Her greatest desire is to see God work in the lives of those to whom she ministers. Dr. Shirley McGriff favorite motto' is          "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me!"

Bishop McGriff, the First family and Greater Christ Temple Families will never forget our beloved first lady.  God called first lady home on July 2, 2020. First Lady Dr. Shirley McGriff is remembered by her high notes , anointed, gifted singing. Her love for the GCTAC children making sure they were fed between services, the gift of speaking life into the Women's Ministry the joy of loving her husband, daughters, sons, sons in laws, daughters in love and especially the grandchildren and great grands.  Mom, Nana, First Lady your labor was not in vain and we give God the glory that we were able to cherish you! 

You'll never be forgotten! 

~Forever LOVED~

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