Greater Faith Temple Apostolic Church of Christ
Brief History of the Movement
Faith Temple Apostolic Church of Christ was founded and established under the leadership of The Late Chief Apostle E.W. & Chief Mother G.R. Waiters in 1960 in their home at 3018 Fisher Street, Detroit, Michigan. The saints worshipped in various locations until 1972 when the congregation purchased the first property at 2401 Holcomb Street. The membership increased so rapidly that Dad Waiters knew it was time to purchase a bigger edifice. In 1993, Dad Waiters along with the saints in Detroit, Michigan purchased the property at 3090 Cadillac Blvd. That location remained the headquarters until Dad & Mother’s death in 1999 at which time the headquarters was moved to 164 Infinity Dr., Dorchester, SC.
The Lord saw fit to call our leaders, Dad & Mother Waiters, home in 1999, but while they labored on this earth they worked very hard to spread the Gospel to as many that would listen through their travels all around the world. After our founders passed, Apostle Clyde Smith was ordained as Chief Apostle of the movement. Chief Apostle Smith is determined to stand on the foundation that Chief Apostle E.W. Waiters laid and to continue to build the kingdom of God. Our leaders left a great legacy and it is our desire to continue that legacy. The movement is represented in many states throughout the United States and also in the United Kingdom.
Many churches joined the movement, some have stayed and some have left, but the faithful are still standing. Mother Margaret Smith and Greater Faith Temple, Washington, DC joined the Faith Temple movement in 1972 under the leadership of Overseer Queen Turentine. Chief Apostle, Chief Mother Smith and Greater Faith Temple Apostolic Church of Christ, Dorchester, SC joined the Faith Temple movement in 1980. Apostle & Mother Smith and Greater Faith Temple, London England joined the Faith Temple movement in the early 1980’s. Apostle & Mother Terrell and Triumphant Word of Faith joined the Faith Temple movement and Anointed House of Power and Praise was added in 2009.
In 2008, God gave Chief Apostle Smith a vision to change the name of the church from Faith Temple Apostolic Church of Christ, Inc., to Greater Faith Temple Apostolic Church of Christ. Chief Apostle & Chief Mother Smith’s vision is to continually add to the movement, because by adding to the movement they are adding to the Kingdom.