1972, Bishop W. L. Porter founded Greater Community Temple Church
Of God In Christ. The church was located in an area of Memphis that
desperately needed a true God-sent ministry. Even though the initial
congregation consisted of Bishop Porter's immediate family only,
Greater Community Temple was recognized as the largest COGIC building
in the city. Newspapers across town jokingly stated the church had
"Everything... but members."
Greater Community Temple (GCT) became a beacon of hope for North
Memphis, providing physical, mental, and spiritual nurturing for
many families. In 1991, after years of watching God move miraculously,
Bishop Porter appointed his son, Brandon B. Porter, as the pastor
of this great ministry. Since Brandon Porter's appointment, GCT
has grown tremendously in membership and service towards the community,
therefore, continuing the standard of excellence established by
Bishop W.L. Porter.
Brandon and Mrs. Porter, along with the GCT family, are continuing
to "Impact the Community to Change the World." Like North
Memphis, Hickory Hill was another community in need of a “soil-breaker.”
Brandon Porter was sent by God to enrich this area by planting an
ever yielding Word of God to people hungry for the truth. In 1999,
by acquiring our East Memphis-Hickory Hill property, we became “One
Church in Two Locations.” Even our Family Life Center flourishes
as a “Beacon of Hope,” compelling the saved and unsaved
to come in and fellowship.
Greater Community Temple offers many avenues of ministry for the
community, which includes television, radio, and the worldwide web,
seen and heard throughout the week. The cutting edge and progressive
efforts of Greater Community Temple Ministries have fortified its
commitment to "Build a Greater Community" by breathing
life, prosperity, and spiritual vitality into the depths of Memphis
and the Mid-South.