|Temple Of Praise Community Church
1900 Amarillo Blvd, West
Amarillo, Tx 79107
The Temple of Praise actually started September 28, 1977 when my dad Bishop Stacey was led by God to move from Denver, Colorado to Amarillo,
Texas, to pastor the church now known as Temple of Praise Community Church. The membership at that time consisted of our family: daddy, mom,
myself, Dooley, Stephanie and the family dog (Socrates). Knowing that God had called my dad, he was persistent, prayerful and constantly seeking
direction from God. A year later the congregation gained a new member, Sister Erma Briscoe, affectionately known as ''one of the founding mothers.'
As we started our journey, the Lord began to add to the church and in 1982 God sent Elder John (Chris) Brown, whom later became our Assistant
Pastor. Along with Elder Brown came Herbert and Merline Brown, the Meander Family, the Price Family and many others. As the church grew there
was a need for church expansion and it was during these times that our First Lady Stacey began to think within herself, I would love for the church
to be located on Amarillo Boulevard, and at that time there was an old house that sat on the property where Sister Stacey envisioned the Temple of
The thought of replacing the old church became a pressing issue, so we decided to tear that building down in 1987; we replaced it with another. We
were satisfied for a while, but yet and still the desire for Amarillo Boulevard was in the First Lady's heart. Then one day the Lord allowed Elder Stacey
III to come in contact with some brothers affiliated with Promise Keepers and they told us that we had a good work but needed a God-work and that
God desired better for us. We thought about adding on the existing church but with the amount of land we had we were limited for expansion and
decided to start looking toward other venues. We looked at various churches and locations to no avail. There was one church that geared some
thought that would be a good investment but some of the ladies were not in agreement with it and Bishop Stacey said 'They don't like the church
because Sister Stacey doesn't like it. He was right.
|2nd Chronicles 7:1
( And the Glory of the Lord Filled the House )
Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain
that build it: except Lord keep the city, the
watchman waketh but in vain
After much fasting and prayer God heard Sister Stacey's request and in 1999 the church made a down payment on the land. Our treasurer was Sister Debra Walker and she began to make payments toward the land so
fast that it was paid off before anyone had known it. After the land was paid we had a debt-releasing ceremony where the debt document was cut into pieces while we gave God the glory !! Next came the decision;
what type of building to put on the property. Bishop Worley of Denver, Colorado had told Bishop Stacey of a brochure he had seen that advertised metal buildings. We looked at several different sizes and decided to go
with 200' x 60'. We wanted to give God something large that he could fill! So the foundation was poured, the building was erected and the walls began to go up.
There's an old saying that says ''Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it''!
Proverbs 16:13 says, Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established. So for the next 3 1/2 years Elder Brown (our general contractor), Elder Stacey, CC Brown and Isaac Butler began the work
of sheet rocking and carpentry. During this tenure we encountered Sanballat and Tobias spirits (which would come to discourage) but we were determined like Nehemiah... we are doing a good work and will refuse to
come down! We give the devil no glory, but there were times when our faith was put to the test but we made it.
Bishop Stacey, while not able to help physically, remained faithful in prayer. During his prayer time God told him that the funds would never run dry. Sister Stacey said there were times when it was pretty damp, but
thanks be to God, whom always causes us to triumph. And now...here it is 29 years later after many struggles and sleepless nights, God has answered your prayer Sister Stacey because he who promises Is faithful to
keep that which he has committed!!!
Written by Sister Dede Brown