In 1978, the Lord lead Elder Donald Sorrells, Second Assistant Pastor of Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Faith Church to open a church in the north central district to Cincinnati, leading him to Lockland. Following a diligent search, he found a vacant building at 120 West Wyoming Avenue. Receiving permission from his pastor, the late Bishop E. W. Young, Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church, Inc. was founded with his wife Thelma and their then six children (Derek, Deborah, Alisa, Donna, Kevin, and Karen) as charter Members.
Upon understanding the first steps in his pastoral journey, Elder Sorrells and his family faced the huge task of transforming a chili parlor into a house of prayer. It was through the donations of friends, family, church affiliates, and an endowment from the late Bishop E.W. Young and the Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Faith Church family that enabled Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church, Inc. to open in June 1978.
In this juncture of our history, the Lord’s work prevailed; however, it was shortly after this huge break-through that our biggest obstacle occurred. Certain political constituents enraged that a church was located in their prime business district took the matter before the Village Council. The five-man council voted four to one in favor of the church staying in its present location. One council member inquired of the plan of action the church would take once the location had outgrown its capacity. Elder and Sister Sorrells replied, “The Lord will bless us to find a larger building.” In retrospect, the reply was prophetic. The Church grew and parking became insufficient. To remedy this situation, Mr. Jim Mercer, owner of the Sunoco gas station on the corner of Wyoming Avenue, allowed us to park there during our services. Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church, Inc. remained at 120 West Wyoming Avenue for seven years and a search began for a larger facility. Sensing that the Lord wanted us to remain in Lockland, the search culminated at 325 North Wayne Avenue. It is important to note that prior to the acquisition of this church, Dr. Thelma Sorrells and Evangelist Shakespeare anointed the building with oil and claimed it in Jesus name. With little more than twenty adults, Elder Sorrells launched a fundraiser that would acquire the funds needed to facilitate purchasing the property at 325 North Wayne Avenue, Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church, Inc. As the church prospered, Bishop Sorrells saw the need to work full time in the ministry. At 55 years of age and with over 30 years of dedicated service, he retired from Veterans Hospital.
Stressing the importance of Christian Education, during the years following retirement, in 1998 he founded the Christ Temple Bible Institute. This chartered and accredited institute has attracted many students from various denominations and backgrounds, challenging and educating them in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Bishop Sorrells endeavors are not limited to biblical studies, but transcends into personal development, promising careers and self-improvement. As such in 1998, he entered into a cooperative with the City of Lockland and the Cincinnati Housing Partners (providing credit counseling for home ownership) to develop twenty new homes from the dilapidated remains of former crack cocaine infested houses. Bishop Sorrells sentiments are, “Why live beneath your privilege?”
As we reminisce over the past years, we realize God’s help and ownership of our election; His goodness and mercy; the provision of talented members and friends that added timely and substantial help to this ministry. Many have gone to glory: Honorable Bishop Elzie W. Young, Bishop Fred Majors, District Elder Lofton, Mother Clara Jones, Mother Minnie Allen, Honorary Church Mother Gertrude Rice, Elder Albert Morton, Brother Richardson, Brother Louie Reed, Brother Lawrence Bogie, Trustee Cruz, Elder William Belser and many others.
As we review years of good days; bad days; friends far and near; loved ones long dismissed from this world; family both trying and dear; eternal hope; a limitless God; glorious days; we can say with boldness and determination, “If it hadn’t been for the Lord that was on our side -
“We have come this far by Faith!”
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service: 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Evening Service: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday Night Bible Class: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday Night Evangelist Services: 7:00 p.m.
325 North Wayne Avenue
Lockland Ohio 45215