Our Vision: To empower the People of God through Preaching and Teaching the Holy Word, encouraging them to live a Holy and Sanctified life. We pledge to be a light to those who are lost and without hope of eternal life. We will challenge the uncommitted to recommit themselves to the Will of God for their lives.
Our Purpose: To impact our community by celebrating God’s Presence, demonstrating God’s Love, communicating God’s Word and educating God’s people.
Our Motto: Rescuing the Perishing.
In 1970, during the State Holy Convocation, Bishop Eleazar Lenox called Elder Herbert Purkett, Sr. and asked if he would be willing to become a Shepherd of a church that was in need of a pastor. Prayerfully, he accepted the call and was appointed Pastor of Rescue Temple Church of God in Christ by Bishop Eleazar Lenox.
The name of the church was immediately changed to New Mission Temple Church of God in Christ. His pastoral leadership began in the basement of a house at 1610 South St. Louis Sreet. with only six members and 18 children. Pastor Purkett believed in being “a church that works” using outreach and missions to draw more souls into the kingdom. He encouraged his congregation with anointed preaching, inspirational messages, uplifting songs, dedicated fasting and prayer. He believed that no one should ever be lost, and New Mission’s motto became “Rescuing the Perishing”. Through this ministry, many have received the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Pastor Purkett, Sr. ascended to glory on August 8, 2009. Bishop Hugh E. Cawthon appointed Elder Herbert J. Purkett, Jr. to carry out the vision of Pastor Purkett, Sr., and to continue to work begun at the New Mission Temple Church of God in Christ.