About Our ChurchOur aim is to see all persons perfected in Christ.”
THE TEMPLE’S VISION STATEMENT
We will have an increasing number of active members consistent with the National Charge, who will be living a life of holiness, inspired and committed to do the work of the ministry.
Our Mission Statement:
To preach, proclaim, spread, encourage, and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in all parts of the world.
Our Statement Of Purpose
- To be a House of Prayer
- To seek the conversion of sinners and the interest of the unchurched.
- To support and facilitate the maturing of believers in Jesus Christ
- To develop effective leadership
- Inspire our members to do the work of the ministry
We believe in being a community of worshipers who, led by the Holy Spirit glorify God, magnify His Son and edify His people as every member celebrates in our Worship Service. Psalm 95:1-6
We believe that a life of Holiness must be the focus of each member. We must strive to obey all of God’s commandments, apply the principles of Jesus’ teachings and follow the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. 1 Peter 1:13-16
We believe that Evangelism must be conducted with a compassionate vigor as our members are inspired and equipped to be witnesses for Christ while seeking the lost and unchurched. Matthew 28:18-20
We believe in pursuing excellence in accountability, through skillful stewardship of our talents, time, facilities, finances and all resources entrusted to us by God and His people, at every level of the church. Matthew 20:27
We believe that ministers and lay persons must be skilled in leadership and the work of the church through training that is biblically based, contemporary in its applications and aimed at realizing the vision of the church. Ephesians 4:10-13
Bishop Dr. Dale L Cudjoe
In 1989, Dale L. Cudjoe began serving as the Senior Pastor of Christ Temple Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A., 4201 Washington Street, Gary, Indiana, by appointment of the Presiding Prelate the late Bishop O.W. McInnis. Christ Temple is a church geared to the times but anchored to the Rock.
Dr. Cudjoe was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago West Indies and moved to the USA in 1970 settling in Chicago Illinois. His entrance into the Church of Christ (Holiness) USA (COCHUSA) was at Second Temple COCHUSA in Chicago Illinois. Licensed and ordained in 1983, he began serving the church in many areas. Illinois, Indiana & Iowa District Vice President of the Sunday School and Holiness Youth Movement department. President of the same department. Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Parent Body District Convention, Northern Diocese Convention Program Coordinator, National Correspondence Secretary, Northern Diocese President of the Sunday School and Holiness Youth Ministries, Treasurer of the National Publishing Board, Chairman of the National Publishing Board, Chairman of the National Convention Publicity Committee, Co Chairman and Chairman of the COCHUSA Manual Revision Committee, Chairman of the Council of District Chairman to name a few of his past and present assignments.
In July of 2010 he was elected Presiding Bishop of the Northern Diocese effective July 28th, 2010 at the National Convention in St. Louis MO, and consecrated a Bishop in 2011 in Lombard IL. The Diocese comprise of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Ohio. He was also elected the First Vice President of the National Convention and serves as the Secretary of the Board of Bishops.
Dr. Cudjoe earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Benedictine University (Illinois Benedictine College) 1978. He received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees from Lake Charles Bible College in 2000.
He has received many awards: Pastor of the year “O.W. McInnis Award” in the Northern Diocese COCHUSA, for Commitment to Excellence in Ministry on two separate occasions. Other awards, certificates and commendations from agencies and organizations near and far. The Gary Community School Corporation, Gary Local One Church One School Inc. Interfaith Clergy Council of Gary and Vicinity, Church of Christ Holiness USA, Illinois Indiana & Iowa District, the Northern Diocese COCHUSA Ministers Seminar, and the National Sunday School and Holiness Young People’s Union, of COCHUSA, the COCHUSA, National Sunday School and HYM congress and Urban Ministries INC., Northwest Indiana Urban League, and the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church, the Drexel Foundation for Educational Excellence, the office of The Attorney General of the State of Indiana, The Gary Civic Chorale Black History Program, AMACHI Training Institute, Philadelphia PA, Christ Missionary & Industrial College Department of Religious Education, The Charter School Developers’ Conference Madison Wisconsin, U.S. Department of Education. The Northwest Indiana Planned Giving Council, to name a few.
Bishop Dr. Dale L Cudjoe is a gospel preacher and takes the responsibility of Pastor/Teacher seriously. Sheparding the flock that God has made him overseer over.
He is Married to Lady Dawn and they have three adult children and three grand- children.