Our History

Our history is the testimony from whence we came, that laid the foundation for where we are going.

Through it all the Holy Spirit has guided us in the right way!

Humble Beginnings

Evangelistic Temple Assembly of God is the spiritual offspring of the Pentecostal Movement that saw its beginnings in the Spirit-led Azusa Street Revivals of the early 1900s in the United States. In 1928, an Assemblies of God missionary from the South Florida District, Rev. I. G. Roberts, visited New Providence to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Bahamians. After Rev. Roberts left The Bahamas, a small group of believers, organized under the unofficial leadership of S. B. Pinder, carried on this spiritual work. Then in 1932, Vivian Weech was elected the official leader of this group of Pentecostal believers. Two years later in 1934, Rev. Vivian Weech, along with the members, built a wooden structure on a piece of property located on Kemp Road in Nassau to accommodate the large crowds that were joining the group on a regular basis. This building was dedicated and named Pentecostal Lighthouse Tabernacle, the very first name given to Evangelistic Temple by its spiritual forefathers. In l935, Pentecostal Lighthouse Tabernacle was accepted and officially recognized as a member of the Assemblies of God, South Florida District. It became the very first Assembly of God Church to be established in The Bahamas.

Continued Growth

In 1941, Pentecostal Lighthouse Tabernacle was renamed Evangelistic Temple and a few years later changed locations to Collins Ave. Following the service of a number of outstanding pastors, Evangelistic Temple elected Minister Gary V. Curry as its pastor in 1978. 

The Leadership Of Pastor Gary Curry

Pastor Curry, as he is affectionately called by members and his religious colleagues, distinguishes himself as the longest serving Pastor of Evangelistic Temple from 1978-2012. Led by Pastor Curry, Evangelistic Temple experienced unprecedented growth during the early l980s and noticeably impacted the entire Bahamian community when it opened the doors of Toddlers Academy that birthed Temple Christian Pre and Elementary School in September l981. A few years later, in 1989, Temple Christian High School was established.

Making An Impact

Evangelistic Temple's presence within the community continues to positively impact the lives of many, particularly those in need of spiritual rebirth. The membership continues to grow as many positive activities and programs draw people from all walks of life to a richer, more profound relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Thinking About The Future

Because of this unprecedented growth, Evangelistic Temple became increasingly aware of the fact that it had outgrown its existing facilities. This led to the decision to build a new state-of-the-art edifice, capable of seating 1400 persons. The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new sanctuary took place on Sunday, April 17, 2005 and it was completed in 2011.


On Sunday, December 4, 2011, the new edifice opened its doors and its first ever service was held amidst jubilant praises to God by the pastors, officers and members of the church. Evangelistic Temple continues to be grateful to God for His unmerited favor and blessings on the completion of its new sanctuary. 

The Leadership Of Pastor Vaughan Cash

After thirty-four years of faithful and dedicated service to Evangelistic Temple, Pastor Curry officially retired as the church's esteemed pastor following a spirit-filled retirement service on Sunday, July 29th, 2012. He and his family's outstanding legacy, including their many significant contributions to the church and the country, will be forever etched in the annals of Evangelistic Temple. Then, with Pastor Curry's blessings and an overwhelming vote of confidence from the Board and congregation, Pastor Vaughan L. Cash, the former Associate Pastor, succeeded Pastor Curry as the Senior Pastor of Evangelistic Temple in a high-spirited installation service of praise and thanksgiving held on Friday, August 10, 2012. Pastor Cash's tenure as Senior Pastor was marked by his genuine care and concern for the members and followers of Evangelistic Temple and a deep rooted desire to see them mature in their walk with God, specifically in the discipline of prayer.

A New Season: The Leadership Of Pastor Keno Smith

On January 7, 2024, Pastor Keno Smith, was officially installed as the next Sr. Pastor of Evangelistic Temple. Pastor Keno lead the Youth Ministry of Evangelistic Temple for nine years. During that time his passion for the ministry was clearly demonstrated as he did whatever was required for his ministry to produce fruit. Evangelistic Temple now looks to the future under the leadership of Pastor Keno, as we together seek to accomplish God's purposes for this ministry.