Spotlight: Allen Temple AME Chuch
The church began more than 143 years ago, when a faithful group gathered under a brush arboreal – a canopy of tree limbs and bushes – because there was no building for worship. Later in 1863, the group, made up of Baptists and AME members, established the county’s first African Methodist Episcopal Church and named it Allen Temple after devoted member Deacon Allen Dial. When Pastor Moore joined the staff at Allen Temple in 1993, there were 97 members on the roster. And 19 years later, close to 1,400 call Allen Temple their church home.
Making a difference:
Members hosted an outreach called Pass It On in downtown Woodstock in August, an event they plan to continue each year. The Gospel was presented through one-on-one witnessing, personal testimonies and music. Boxes of food, clothes and school supplies were given away.
The church’s annual Jay Dude Brownlee golf tournament raises money for scholarships, given in $1,000 increments to graduating seniors. More than $60,000 has been awarded to graduates.
For 14 years, Allen Temple has hosted the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast. Because of the growing popularity of the event, church leaders held the 2012 breakfast at a larger venue: the Cherokee County Conference Center at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton.
“Our vision here at Allen Temple Church is to be an expansive body of spirit-filled Christians focused on leading souls to Christ, studying and teaching the Word; promoting spiritual, educational, physical, social and economic development of the Church and community. We strive to be a warm, friendly, hospitable and loving congregation. We seek as best we can to serve people and thus be found pleasing in the Lord’s eyes.”
- Address 232 Arnold Mill Rd. Woodstock GA 30188
- Website www.allentempleame.org
- Services In June & July, free breakfast at 8:15 a.m., Sunday school at 9, worship at 10 a.m.
- Pastor Carl Moore
- Attendance 400
- Denomination African Methodist Episcopal
- Contact 770-926-6348