Christ Temple Church Huntington WV

25701

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Who we are

Christ Temple Church is a faith-filled body of believers centered on the love of Christ and His purpose in our lives. We are thrilled to share some of the great things God is doing here!

Our Mission is to help cultivate the God-given gifts resident in our church family so that we are able to effectively demonstrate God’s love to a lost world while encouraging fellow believers to raise expectations for life, family and vocation.

Our Vision here at Christ Temple is pretty straight forward. We want to Meet People where they are, Love People as they are and help Lift People up to who they are in Christ Jesus. Now the people who we’ve met, loved and lifted are doing the same for others.

Pastor Chuck and Jamie Lawrence

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Street Address

Christ Temple Church
2400 Johnstown Road
Huntington, WV 25701
United States
Phone: 304.525.2400

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Chuck and Jamie Lawrence
Chuck and Jamie Lawrence
Pastor
2400 Johnstown Road
Huntington, WV 25701
United States
Phone: 304.525.2400

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At the age of 7, Chuck knew there was a definite great call on his life. On April 13th at his home in southern California, seven angels stood at the foot of his bed and fell into him, an experience forever etched into his mind and a constant reminder that God’s intentions were extraordinary for his life. Chuck received the baptism of the Holy Spirit the very next day, and the direction of his life was brought into perspective as he saw everything through that lens. Chuck traveled extensively in the United States with the Lawrence Family Evangelistic Team. During this time of travel, he was reassured by multiple ministers that he was designated by God to speak to thousands. While this seemed scary, it also resonated within him. God continued to use Chuck’s family in a powerful way ministering around the country which eventually led the Lawrence family to Huntington where he met Jamie. Three years later in 1980, Chuck and Jamie married at the altar where they met. Neither Chuck or Jamie were from Huntington, but God ordained that they would meet here and remain here.

When Chuck first made his move to Huntington, he worked as a DJ for WEMM radio as well as created a successful design business. Chuck was also a prolific song writer with Meadowgreen Music with prominent songwriters like Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant. One of Chuck’s songs, “He Grew the Tree,” has been recorded over 1000 times including by country artist, Barbara Mandrell, and featured on her Grammy and Dove award-winning album. Other songs written by Chuck had nominations for song of the year and also reached the top 10 of the Gospel music charts.

On the eve of 1981, a prophetic word from Pastor Gardner set in motion the plan for Chuck. Through an unbelievably miraculous moment, he became the music minister at Christ Temple where he served in this role for 14 years. The Christ Temple choir was renowned for their high level of anointing and had performed with nationally known artists, featured on many TV networks, and toured across the nation, as well as in Israel with Morris Cerullo Ministries.

In 1996, days before his death, Pastor Gardner prophesied that Chuck would become the next pastor of Christ Temple. Although this word was privately given, it came to pass just as Pastor Gardner had prophesied. Upon assuming this new role, Pastor Chuck’s goal was to hold everything together on a bi-vocational basis, but God had another idea. Soon thereafter, Chuck received a word from God that he could have his current business or he could choose to go on a Great Adventure. He was immediately aware that God was in this so he gave away his business to two trusted employees and fully submitted to the plan that God had for him.

Not long after becoming the pastor, the congregation began to grow, filled up the auditorium, and soon invaded the fellowship hall of the church building forcing Christ Temple to begin holding services in a local basketball arena. There, they experienced the growth that God intended. Through one miraculous event after another, the church purchased property to build a new facility. After initially approving the excavation, the city of Huntington shut down the project. One year later, a judge overturned that decision giving Christ Temple the right to build on their 51 acres. After that decision was made, Pastor Chuck went to the banks to find a partnership, but not one bank could loan them even 10% of what they needed to build. Through a magnificent moment dedicated to worship that evening, a word came from God that made them confident that God’s plan was still intact. Left with no other options and an assured word from God, Christ Temple was forced to build and forced to build debt-free which ultimately caused the church to experience God in a whole new dimension. Eighteen months later, the $6.8 million project was finished completely debt-free. The church filled up and began having three services each weekend to accommodate the growth.

The now 66-acre campus that includes surrounding properties and new buildings are all being used for the glory of God and continue to proceed debt-free. The church has been and continues to be a positive impact on the city of Huntington and the surrounding area. Salvation, baptisms, healings, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit happen weekly at Christ Temple and its ancillary ministries. From Pastor Chuck’s heart of worship, pure-hearted worship is evident at Christ Temple, and God has blessed the church with incredible abilities that give God glory. The musical talent of Christ Temple impacts the nation including Grammy and Dove award winners, platinum records, and music ministers that gleaned from this platform.

Through this, Pastor Chuck began to minister abroad including Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Brazil, and many more. However, it is when he went to Zambia that he found the most ministry opportunities. During the time of encouraging ministers with the story of the miraculous power of God of building Christ Temple, this began to resonate with their own set of circumstances. Because of Pastor Chuck’s relentless pursuit of sharing the gospel and Christ Temple’s testimony of God’s faithfulness, we now have well over 400 churches in Zambia and surrounding nations.
Pastor Chuck and Jamie have been married 41 years this November and have two children: one daughter, Anneliese, and her husband Aaron Caserta, with their son, Elias, and daughter, Claire Marie and one son, Chase and his wife, Kristen. If you want to hear more from Pastor Chuck about Christ Temple’s history, structure, and beliefs along with Pastor Chuck’s personal journey, we invite you to attend our Join the Family classes. You can see upcoming dates and register for a class at https://www.ctcwv.com/jointhefamily/.   Edit
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Christ Temple Church Service Times

Sunday Morning Worship Experience:

9:30 a.m.
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6:00 p.m.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study:

7:00 p.m.

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ArKidz

Kids are the most important thing to us because they are our future, so we’ve placed great emphasis on their experience here. We believe that every child is designed for a deep relationship with Jesus and to understand that He has created for them for great purpose. For that reason we have created safe and age-appropriate environments for babies, preschoolers, and elementary-aged children that will engage them in a relevant way!   Edit
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Bridges

Bridges, our middle school ministry (grades 6-8), meets every Sunday morning during the 11AM service in the Health and Life Center in the rear campus. Our goal each week is to provide students with the chance to… Have fun in an environment where they can feel loved and accepted and excited to bring friends. Worship God through music. Discover God by hearing His truth communicated in relevant and engaging ways. Experience community in a small group setting to discuss specific issues that are relevant to their lives.

• Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. in the Conference Room
• Sunday Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m. in the HLC
• Bridges/InsideOut Combined Service Sunday at 6:00 p.m. in the HLC
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Christ Temple Church History

Christ Temple Church began in Huntington, West Virginia in 1957 when Roland Gardner and his wife, Joleane, came from Louisiana to hold a revival meeting. This meeting led to such a move of God that they both felt led to resign from their church in DeRidder to come here and start a church in a storefront. As the revival intensified, the church purchased property across the street on Adams Avenue. The small structure was eventually transformed into a beautiful facility to hold over 250 people. Pastor Gardner became one of the most well-versed and eloquent speakers anyone had ever heard, and through his vibrant ministry, the church remained full of excitement and life.

In late 1995, he prophesied over the music minister, Chuck Lawrence, that he would be the next pastor of the church. Thirteen days later, Pastor Gardner passed away at the age of 68. Never being made aware of Pastor Gardner’s prophetic word over Chuck, the board asked if he would consider becoming the next pastor. He accepted the role on a limited basis, remaining full-time in his business. However, within his first six months as pastor, God distinctly told him that he wanted him to go on a “great adventure.” With that one word from God, he passed his business on to two of his employees and fully dedicated himself to being the pastor. He began working with minimal resources believing that God was his ultimate source.

Within three years, the church outgrew the building with a regular attendance of over 400 people. Christ Temple Church services were moved to the Veterans Memorial Field House while they attempted to secure property for a new church facility. Many challenges would lie ahead during this long and difficult process. However, through these uncertain times, the church family witnessed the faithfulness of God in nothing short of the miraculous. Through some of the most amazing, dramatic adventures, the congregation witnessed the vivid, undeniable power of God at work—from the astonishing purchase of the property to the suspense in the courtroom and the stunning rejection of every loan institution. Yet, at the end of construction, the $6.8 million project was completed—completely debt free within less than two years. Only God!

From that point on, trusting God had been elevated to the highest heights because Christ Temple had tangible proof that nothing is impossible with God. Multiple salvations, miraculous healings, and deliverances from addiction are evidenced weekly. Christ Temple is now impacting the surrounding community in a powerful way while impacting the world congruently with extraordinary generosity through the life-giving Spirit of God.

Presently, there are over 100 ministries strong at Christ Temple including a full-time childcare center and K-12 private school on campus. We have outstanding children’s, youth, and young adults’ ministries building hope in the next generation. The worship music at Christ Temple is world-renowned including many nationally recognized ministers and writers, and there are currently 428 Christ Temple churches abroad, beginning in Zambia. We are steadily growing, and God is orchestrating this all together right now for our even greater future. As you join in with us, you will find that we will help discover, develop, and deploy the gifts that God has placed inside of you so you can be a part of maximizing our moments and establishing the great future that God has for all of us.

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The power of Christian prayer "Yes, Lord"
"Yes, Lord! Jesus, I give all of this to you. Jesus," I just started out a dream for my neighbourhood. "I didn't ask you to make me a messenger to the world. I just wanted to love my neighbours. But Jesus, here it is. Here's my future, here's my loneliness, here are all the pressures, here are the criticism", and I gave Him everything. And I told Him to take me again and I would try to make "Yes, Lord" the continuing motto of my life..
Christ Temple Church listing was last updated on the 14th of February, 2022
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