Temple First Pentecostal Church originated in 1920 under the
guidance of Sister Melvina Nelson and Brother Armstrong on
Third Street in the City of Cincinnati. This was the first
location of the church. After a few years on Third Street,
we moved to Longworth Street and from there to Fifth and Stone
Streets. It was at Fifth and Stone Streets that Elder Cheatum
conducted revival services for us and later became our pastor.
later we moved to George Street. Elder Akers, our overseer,
placed Elder Neal as our pastor. We moved again to West Fifth
Street. Our pastor at this location was Elder Peppers. We
remained there for a few years.
later years, other changes were made and we moved again to
about three different places on Fifth Street. Elder Akers,
our overseer, placed Elder Allen, Dayton Ohio as our pastor.
Elder Allen returned to Dayton and Sister Gainell Pope was
placed in charge. After a few years, Sister Pope said the
Lord called her to start work in Walnut Hills. Elder Akers
then placed Elder Clark as our pastor. We moved to West Court
this time, the saints were discouraged with the many changes
they had endured, and a meeting was called. Elder Akers informed
us in this meeting that Elder Allen would return to Zion,
and he did. He then helped us to move to Carlisle and Mound
Street. After a few years of struggling and suffering, Elder
Allen encouraged the saints to buy the building. He labored
and suffered along with the saints until this was accomplished,
and for many years afterward until the Lord called him from
labor to reward.
the passing of Elder Allen, Elder Elzie Young was in charge
for a short period of time. Elder Owen Carter was also our
pastor for a short period of time. On February 7, 1950, Bishop
Clark placed Elder Jasper J. Phillips over the church as pastor.
God blessed Zion Temple to purchase ground at 3041 Gilbert
Avenue to build a larger church for the membership that had
increased during the past seven years.
March 10, 1957 we had the groundbreaking and after waiting
for more than a year, on July 3,1958, the foundation for the
building was begun. The cornerstone was laid on August 24,
1958. The grand opening services were held on June 21, 1959
and the church was officially dedicated by Bishop K. F. Smith,
September 27, 1959, assisted by Bishop Ralph Bass.
July 16, 1973, the Zion Temple family moved from it's former
church located at 3041 Gilbert Avenue to The Issac M. Wise
(Jewish) Center located at 3771 Reading Road. This move was
necessary in order to accomodate our steadily growing congregation,
and it enabled us to acquire a larger sanctuary and additional
classrooms for the Christian Education Department where God's
people would be thoroughly furnished unto God's works.
historic Isaac M. Wise Center is the present home for the
Zion Temple family. The property takes up a full city block.
The sanctuary boasts authentic smoked stained glass windows
depicting the Feast of the Passover and special celebations
of the Hebrew Nation. The building is made of Buff stones
imported from the "Old Country" and includes approximately
fifty rooms made up of classrooms, restrooms, offices and
men's and women's lounges. There is also a full kitchen and
dining area, spacious parking and a elevator. The mortgage
was burned in September, 1981 and the replacement cost of
this facility was estimated to exceed $3,000,000.00 in 1993.
Jasper J. Phillips
Beulah K. Phillips
Jasper J. Phillips
Jasper Jaye Phillips was on born March 10, 1916 in Metter,
Georgia. He was Baptized in Jesus' name on December 3, 1933,
in the Ohio River and received the Holy Ghost. Bishop Phillips
was ordained in October, 1950, and was appointed District
Elder in October, 1959. He married Miss Beulah K. Caldwell
on May 7, 1936.
Phillips became a minister for the Ohio District Council in
July, 1938 and served as the Chairman of the Southern Ohio
District Young People for over eight years. Upon entering
the ministry, he began a storefront Mission Church,which he
pastored for more than three years in the East End, Cincinnati
February 7, 1950, Elder Jasper Phillips became pastor of a
small church located on Carlisle and Mound street in Cincinnati
called Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church. He served as
Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Foreign Missions Board.
While serving on the Foreign Missions Board, he traveled extensively
throughout the world advancing the cause of Christ and representing
the Foreign Missions Department of the Pentecostal Assemblies
of the World.
Phillips presided over the Zion Temple Bible Institute, which
he founded in 1975. He also founded the Zion Temple Christian
Academy in 1983, a christian day school.
Phillips went home to his reward on April 2, 2003.
Beulah K. Phillips
Beulah K. Phillips was baptized in Jesus's name and recieved
the Baptism of the Holy Ghost on April 1934. She became a
member of Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church under the pastorate
of the late Elder A. J. Allen and became a member of the ODC
Fellowship License, 1966
Bible Institute of Cincinnati, 1966
Teacher Training Association, 1974
Diploma-Child Evangelism, 1960
Aenon Bible College, 1985
of Philosophy Degree, Grace Apolstolic College, 1992
and Wife Activities, ODC"
Temple Yearbook "70 Years of Transmitting God's Transforming
Life, Times and Service in Kingdom Building"
Jasper J. Phillips-Pastoral Life and Service in Kingdom Building."