“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Christ Temple, “Where Holiness is a way of Life,” was formed to be a pathway for the wayfaring man searching for an answer to the age-old question, “Lord, what would you have for me to do?” In March 1992, having surely believed he had received a call from God, Elder Dobbin stepped out on faith and began a work in Garner, North Carolina, with just his immediate family.
During a business trip to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1991, the name Christ Temple was laid on Elder Dobbin’s heart for Christ to have a temple where His people could have a second chance, feel loved and safe, and receive instruction in God’s Word – a temple that was owned and operated by God. A storefront building was leased in April 1992 and was converted into a place of worship. The late Honorable Bishop Hansom L. Walker consecrated our first worship service. With instructions from Bishop John T. Leslie, Jr., to build the church through the Sunday School, Elder dobbin did just that. The Lord blessed, and the church grew through the Sunday School Department and is continuing to grow today.
Christ Temple was formed under the Eastern and Southern States Council (ESSC) of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. (PCAF) and became the fourth church in North Carolina. At that time, Bishop Richard Harris was the Diocesan Bishop, and Elder Hansom L. Walker was the District Elder for the State of North Carolina. The Presiding Bishop was Bishop D. Rayford Bell. In 1997, Bishop John Bellamy became the Bishop over the State of North Carolina. Christ Temple will remain in the ESSC until June 2012 when the North Carolina Council will be organized.
Because of Elder Dobbin’s faithfulness to the church, council, and the organization, he was appointed as District Elder over the State of North Carolina by Bishop John Bellamy in 1998. In 2004, Elder Dobbin became the Assistant Chairman of the ESSC. Another promotion came for Elder Dobbin in 2006 when he was nominated by Bishop John T. Leslie, Jr., to be Jurisdictional Bishop of the State of North Carolina at the 2007 General Conference of the PCAF, Inc., its 50th year Golden Jubilee, held in Detroit, Michigan.
With the steady increase in Christ Temple’s membership, it became clear to Bishop Dobbin that the existing site was inadequate to meet the needs of the congregation. The Lord continued to bless, and in June 2010, construction began to erect an addition to our current structure which will include an expanded sanctuary, restroom facilities, offices, and other amenities. As our anniversary theme indicates, “We have come this far by faith!”