Christ Temple Christian Education Department has enjoyed a rich heritage that continues to this day. Initiated in 1912, the Sunday School grew under the leadership of Brother Edward King as the first superintendent. Brother William Webb, who was Brother King’s assistant, demonstrated his excellent leadership qualities during his tenure as the second superintendent. Not only was Brother Webb the local Sunday School superintendent, he also served as the National Sunday School Superintendent for the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW) until 1957. There have been several superintendents since the inception of the Christian Education Department who have striven to keep Christ Temple’s Sunday School an integral part of the foundational learning necessary for spiritual growth.
During the pastorate of Bishop Willie Lee, it was determined that the Sunday School department had outgrown the available space. It was during this time that the “Annex” was built and Sunday School classrooms were added to accommodate the growing department.
Bishop James E. Tyson continued the improvement of the Sunday School department by adding the Christian Education wing. He was a fervent supporter of Sunday School and would frequently say “everybody ought to go to Sunday School.” Bishop Benjamin T. Moore was a strong proponent of providing quality education in a Christian environment. He created the Christian Academy, fulfilling Bishop G. T. Haywood’s dream by providing such an environment for all children.
Sunday School begins on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. There are classes for every age group from preschool to adult. Included in the adult offerings are the standard international lessons, as well as, three elective classes. Christ Temple’s Christian Education department continues to provide quality Christian teaching in every area.
Deacon Jewell Middleton, Jr
Christian Education Superintendent