Our Mission

The Mission of Holy Temple Church is to win souls to faith in Jesus Christ and commit them actively to the church. To help them in the faith and knowledge of Christ that they may know and perform God’s will; to work with the unity of all Christians and engage in the common task of building the kingdom of God; and in all ways to seek and make known the love of God.


Our Vision

Through effective teaching of the word and providing visible examples of uncompromised integrity and excellence, we must help each person to come into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, understand their purpose and maximize their potential and productivity in life in a manner which glorifies God!


Our Affirmation of Faith


The Bible: We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible written word of God.

God: We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Blessed Hope:
We believe in the Blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the Church of God, which is in Christ, at His return.

Repentance and Salvation: We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Jesus Christ. We believe that regeneration by the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential for personal salvation.

Jesus Christ: We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer.

Holy Spirit: We believe that the baptism in the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.

Sanctification: We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a holy and separated life in this present world.

89 1st Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08757
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1310, Toms River, NJ 08754
(732) 240-4060

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Holy Temple COGIC
South Toms River, NJ


Holy Temple COGIC, South Toms River, New Jersey is a church whose foundation is built upon Jesus Christ and prayer.  The church evolved from a prayer meeting which began sometime in the late 1930s and early 1940s.  The heart’s desire of these humble prayer warriors was to see the gospel of Jesus Christ preached and souls set free.


The first location of Holy Temple was 12 Fourth Street, South Toms River, NJ with Mother Plant and Mother Hismark.  Other Mothers of the church were Mother Harvey, Mother Griffin, Mother Swift, and Mother Vickers. 


From this prayer band the membership of Holy Temple COGIC began to grow and flourish.  Eventually, the membership purchased their first parcel of land for the location of the church.


Sometime in 1946, Elder Dodges was appointed as Pastor of Holy Temple COGIC.  Soon after Elder Dodges, the pastorship was passed on to Elder Ware. Later during the 1950s, Elder John Moore was appointed as Pastor of Holy Temple COGIC and continued in this office until the late 1970s.


In 1976, Elder David C. Graham was temporarily sent to South Toms River, New Jersey to assist Pastor Moore while he recuperated and in 1979, Bishop Smith appointed Elder Graham as Pastor of this church.


Under the leadership of Pastor Graham, a new 10,000 square foot edifice was built in 1982. Holy Temple continues to thrive spiritually through fasting, prayer, obedience and sacrifice to fulfill the divine mandate. Our church will continue to be used in the ministry of reconciliation, winning lost souls to Jesus Christ and delivering men and women, boys and girls from spiritual bondage.


Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 (KJV) 

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