Our History

1937: Eight individuals, inspired by the Spirit of God and led by founder/pastor A. J. Patterson, established Pentecostal Assembly in Houston during the Great Depression. They built the initial edifice of lumber from apple crate boxes purchased from Southern Pacific Railroad. 

1937-1976: The church relocated several times and engaged in impactful ministry under Senior District Elder Patterson. 
July 12, 1976: Christ Temple Apostolic Church (CTAC) became incorporated and growth necessitated a building program. 


June 1977:  Building improvements were completed and the building dedicated. 


1982:  CTAC purchased a portable facility to accommodate church activities and ministry expansion. 

November 1983: A mortgage burning commemorated the payoff of a 15-year loan in six years.
March 27, 1984: Elder Patterson entered his heavenly home to be with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His many years of hard work, fasting, and praying left a profound legacy. He and the ministry of CTAC established 12 churches and two outreach ministries, edified more than 2,500 members, and helped countless souls receive their salvation.
April 27, 1984: District Elder David Allen, Sr., who had served eight years as Assistant Pastor, was chosen as the shepherd.
May 27, 1984: Installation services were held for Pastor Allen Sr. and a new era for CTAC began.
1988: A new worship center was constructed as God continued to expand the ministry.
1995: The worship center mortgage was completely eliminated. CTAC began acquiring property in the surrounding area on a cash basis.
1995-2010: Pastor David Allen Sr. was elevated to Suff. Bishop. A trail blazer, he established many firsts in CTAC’s ministry which continue today. CTAC ministries include a prison outreach, food pantry, outreach to local small ministries, praise dancing, and the church’s popular Christmas Cantata.
February 20, 2010: After 25 years of pastoring, the Lord prompted Bishop Allen to name his son as the ministry’s successor. Elder David Allen Jr. was officially installed as pastor of CTAC.
April 8, 2010: Bishop Allen Sr. entered into eternal rest with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The legacy of the ministry continues under our current leader, Pastor David Allen Jr. We are excited about the new ground we are taking as we pursue the mandate and assignment placed on this ministry to disciple and take dominion