SACRAMENTO – They’re still standing. Christ Temple Apostolic Church (CTAC) has risen from humble beginnings to one of the city’ oldest Black house of worship.
Organizers say CTAC is an essential part of Sacramento’s history and has touched and changed lives for nearly a century. The church has fed hundreds of people, provided clothes, and overnight accommodations for the homeless; given Thanksgiving and holiday meals for needed people and continues to serve the needs of the Sacramento community.
The local church, led by Pastor Charles A. Warner, celebrates its 99th anniversary with special services May 30 to June 1.
Church historians state that CTAC was the first official Apostolic church in Sacramento. It was established in 1915 and worship services were held in the downtown home of its founding pastor, District Elder Thomas Holman. As membership grew, the church needed more space and moved to a storefront on Capitol Avenue. Financial issues forced a return to Elder Holman’s home, but he went on to purchase a property at 1619 R Street for the church. Services were held in the first part of the house to have construction completed, the basement.
Upon Holman’s death in 1948, Elder Willie Thames took over as pastor. Robert B. Holman, Sr. the son of the founding pastor, replaced him in 1961 and the church later moved, under his leadership, to 4809 Roosevelt Avenue.
Over the years, a number of leaders emerged from the church who went on to establish other churches throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond. These churches include Christ Temple Community Church of Hawaii, started by Elder John Hammond and locally, Center of Praise Ministries, started by Bishop Parnell Lovelace; the First Tabernacle Fellowship, started by pastor Robert Holman, Jr. and Greater Grace Worship Center, started in North Sacramento by Bishop David C. Foster, who will participate in anniversary activities.
Activities begin May 30 with a Friday Night Revival featuring pastor Chanda Simmons of San Diego. The anniversary celebration continues Saturday, May 31 with a prayer brunch at 10:30 a.m. in the church’s Ebony Hall gym. The brunch will include a message from Bishop Foster. The celebration continues on Sunday, June 1 with a morning service at 11:00 a.m. There will be a free meal following morning services and the anniversary revival will conclude with an evening choir concert featuring the CTAC Radio Choir.
CTAC is located at 9000 La Riviera Drive. For more information, call (916) 857-1589.