Church History

The vision began on January 2, 1973, when Rev. Willie F. Jordan, Sr., formed a mission of eleven members at 7:30 pm and organized Jordan Temple Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1532 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL.

The Founding members were: Leontine Jordan, *Willie Frank Jordan, Jr., Cynthia Jordan Richardson, *Rev. Henry Jordan, Sr., Melba Jordan, *Rev. Robert Jordan, *Joseph Jordan, Earnestine Jordan, Cora Booker, Carrie Jordan and Carol Jordan. (*deceased). 

The Lord showered blessings on the church and the membership began to grow rap- idly and within three years outgrew that location and searched for a larger place to worship. An amazing opportunity arose that allowed the purchase of a Lutheran Church in Austin, located at 900 N. Lockwood, Chicago, IL. This location became home for thirty-five years. 

In June of 1974, Rev. Jordan became seriously ill and required major surgery, but did not give up his vision. God delivered him and renewed his health and strength. 

Soon after, hundreds of souls were added to the church because of the preaching and teaching of Pastor Jordan. Several Pastors were birthed out of Rev. Jordan's ministry; Pastor Robert Jordan, Pastor Henry Jordan Sr., Pastor Johnnie Haynie, Pastor Devlin Booker, Pastor Robert Williams, and Pastor Stephen Richardson; as well as, numerous associate ministers.

Rev. Jordan was uniquely gifted and blessed with a spirit of love and coined the phrase "I Love You" after the benediction of each church service. This agape love has been permeated through the membership and can be felt when entering the doors of the church. God abundantly blessed Jordan Temple with material blessings, but more importantly, He blessed the institution with hundreds of soul who united with the church over the years.

Pastor Willie F. Jordan, Sr. yielded to the call of the Lord on January 12, 1993, and mounted on wings like an eagle and flew back home to be with the Lord. It was a sad moment in Jordan Temple’s history, but Pastor Jordan worked untiringly for his seat in the kingdom, and he deserved his crown of righteousness so elegantly described in 2 Timothy 4:8.

On February 28, 1993, Rev. Stephen Richardson became Pastor and with the mantle on his shoulders continued to advance the teaching of Jesus Christ and to preach the gospel. 

Under Pastor Richardson's leadership, Jordan Temple maintained its identity and culture. However, he implemented a contemporary movement that has been combined with traditional forms of worship, which has proved instrumental in keeping the church vibrant, healthy and prosperous while enhancing the process of anchoring the younger generations to the church. Jordan Temple's agenda always has remained the same, leading people to Christ and building their faith along the way. For without faith it is impossible to please God. 

Further progression led to the replacement of Sunday School with Flight School which allowed members the chance for small group gatherings and flexibility to develop unique curriculum and lesson plans. Additionally, Jordan Temple enhanced its ability to communicate and minister to the membership seven days a week instead of only Sunday's and Wednesday's. In line with technological advancements, the Jordan Temple Church App allows biblical lessons, current news, and videos to be broadcast to members on their mobile phones. The App also features methods to give donations of tithes and offerings, and to purchases products or register for events. And, of course, there is the church website which provides information regarding our church – www.jordantemple.org. In 45 years, Jordan Temple has balanced the need for change with the understanding of the traditions which are the foundation of its growth. 

The Holy Spirit lead the church to four locations in its history, 1532 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL (3 years), 900 N. Lockwood, Chicago, IL (35 years), and 4421 Roosevelt Road, Hillside, IL (7 years) and 4431 W. Roosevelt Road, in Hillside, IL. and the Incredible Life Center (5 years). The current locations provide the opportunity for growth and new construction for years to come.  

 

Throughout scripture, one can see the forward motion of God and His followers. Peter walked forward on water, Ezekiel wading forward into deep water, the woman who had been sick for 12 years with a blood issue moved forward through the crowd, and Jesus, as painful and embarrassing as it was, moved forward to Calvary. So there shall be no stopping this Body of Christ, Jordan Temple continues to move forward with the high expectation of both natural and miraculous things to come future. It's determined to be a blessing and live a life that astonishes men and women, a life that aggravates the devil and a life that Glorifies God. By staying together as a church family, Jordan Temple will proceed to make History.  


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