Praise Temple Apostolic Faith Church, Inc. was established more than 53 years ago by our late founder and Pastor, Marie D. Battle. Our church is affiliated with the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith International, Inc. – www.pcafintl.org. We are a nonprofit organization under the laws of the State of North Carolina.
The history of Praise Temple Church cannot be discussed without first acknowledging Pastor Marie D. Battle. She was filled with the Holy Ghost in 1953 and was anointed to preach the gospel. With a longing within her to please God, she evangelized in many parts of North Carolina and along the east coast. Her ministry reached out to many souls, including those in prisons and in orphanages. In 1961 she was baptized in the name of Jesus.
In 1965, God called her to pastor this church. She started a mission called the Rock of Ages, in a shack in the woods of Rhamkatte community. In 1967, she moved to Water Works Hill, off of South Wilmington Street. This was where God gave her the name of the church, Praise Temple. After a few years, she moved to 924 South Blount Street, where 12 members were added to the church. In 1978, God blessed her with the building at 501 East Lane Street, which contains an auditorium and 14 other rooms.
Pastor Battle labored diligently to lay the foundation for the growth of this ministry. She never wrote a vision or mission statement for the church. However, her vision was not to see the material development of buildings and land, but to see a people developed in Christ.
Even though the Lord took our Pastor home on Mother’s Day 2001, we can say as Paul said, “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.”
Although pastor Battle has gone home, we have continued the good work that she has begun. Pastor Vernon L. Spinks is deeply indebted to the training he has received through Pastor Battle and he is reaping the harvest from the labor of this woman of God. The mantel has been passed on to him and he is building on the strength of our founder in worship, holiness, the Apostolic doctrine, love, fellowship, and in spiritual development. He shall continue to point others to the Savior that she knew so well and loved, and the gospel that she preached from the depth of her heart.
Praise Temple Apostolic faith church, Inc. has established a second location in Woodford, Virginia, where Elder Terrence S. Brown is the Pastor.
On August 10, 2008, Praise Temple relocated to 1426 Wake Forest Road where we continue to be a refuge for people who are lost and seeking direction for their souls. We are devoted and committed to our Lord Jesus Christ, who loves us and gave himself for us. As a church family in Christ, we invite you to come and worship the Lord with us whenever you are in the area of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Woodford, Virginia.