Christ Temple was organized at a little storefront church on 145th Street in August 1958 in Harlem, New York. The pastor hosting the meeting was the late Elder Nathaniel Bryd. It was here that the late Bishop James I. Clark, Sr. (then Elder James I. Clark, Sr.), Elder Odell Lyerly, the late Elder C. W. Jones, the then ministers George A. Gary, Carey Robinson, Roy Powlis, the late Deacon Joseph Powlis and a number of other ministers, deacons, missionaries along with the late Mother Rachel J. Clark gathered to put the finishing touch on this new church.
The Church was organized as the first church established in Harlem representing the newly organized Bibleway Churches World Wide, Inc. (BCWW), an organization established after a split with the Churches of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. Bishop R. C. Lawson was the Apostle of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ at the time. Bishop James I. Clark, Sr., as one of the founders of the new organization, took the lead in establishing this church in Harlem (there were churches in other boroughs, but none in Manhattan) to represent the newly formed BCWW.
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