The David Temple Primitive Baptist Church was organized in 1901, and became a part of the Mallard Creek Association in its early years. The first members of David Temple were former members of Bethlehem P.B. Church.
The original location of the church was on a plot of land donated by the late Mr. John Foster. This Church was used as a one-teacher elementary school until 1953 until it was consolidated to the Tennessee Valley High School that was established by the Mallard Creek Association. David Temple has always had a great influence on the community which was instrumental in establishing the first educational training program in this area.
The late Mrs. Annie Smith was one of the oldest living members of the church. She founded the United Faithful band, which was an organization designated for the youth. The organization, which has been a part of the Mallard Creek Association since 1923, is now called the Young People’s Congress. The Young People’s Congress is now a national organization and we are proud to say that it all stemmed from David Temple Church under Ms. Annie Smith, its founder.
The Pastors from 1901-1984 are as follows: Rev. Riley Vaughn, Rev. B.C. Britton, Rev. C.A. Crump, Rev. Eddie Johnson, Rev. David Hardy, Rev. Johnnie Mill, Rev. George Gibson, Rev. A. Rice, Rev. F. Johnson, Rev. David Tolbert, Rev. D.C. Crittendon, and the late Rev. Willie J. Swoopes who retired in 1984. He served faithfully for 30 years until his health began to fail. However, he still remained a faithful Father in the ministry at David Temple at the side of the Present Pastor, Curtis L. Foster, Sr., supporting him faithfully until he was called to eternal rest in October, 1991.
The Present Pastor, Curtis L. Foster is in his 30th year of service. Under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Foster, we have been wonderfully blessed with progress, and hopefully God will continue to bless us in our endeavors to accomplish great works for him.
Officers at the time of Pastor Foster’s 7th year of service: Deacon. McKinley Bowman, Deacon. James Perkins, Deacon. James Walker, Deacon. Leslie Foster, Deacon. Clarence Pointer, Deacon. Glenn Davis, and Deacon. Thomas Davis Sr.
Mothers at the time: Sister. Carrie Foster, Sister. Myrtle Foster, Sister. Myrzie Smith, Sister. Catherine Pointer, Sister. Mattie Davis, Sister. Willie White, Sister. Louise Seals, Sister. Katherine D. Foster, Sister. Fannie Bowman, and Sister Zelma Perkins.
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