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Bishop Joseph Howard

Sherman, Sr.

Pentecostal Temple was started in 1965 on Murchison Road in Fayetteville, North Carolina, by the late Bishop Joseph Howard Sherman, Sr., an evangelist from New Jersey. He was a native of Marion, South Carolina and the founder and pastor of Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, Charlotte, North Carolina, as well. Then called Murchison Road Pentecostal Holiness Church, Pentecostal Temple moved six years later to a little brick building on the corner of Williams and Blount Streets.

At the request of Bishop Sherman, in 1974, Elder John C. Reid, also a native of New Jersey, came to Fayetteville, North Carolina to pastor Pentecostal Temple.  At that time the rent was too high, so  the  church  moved  about  a  hundred  yards  up  to  455  Williams  Street, into a cinder block building, which had been condemned by the city of Fayetteville. It had been used for other things  such  as  a  laundry  facility,  the  last  of  which  was a pool room.  Immediately, Elder Reid

began to build upon the foundation laid by Bishop Sherman. Spiritually, he preached to the lost and desperate in Fayetteville and naturally, he used his carpentry skills to turn the church from a small edifice to a building worthy of the name "Pentecostal Temple".  A few years later, with the help of his sons and the brothers of the church, renovations were underway again to improve the house of the Lord.

Elder Reid served as pastor, teacher, and counselor for over thirty-seven years.  After the homegoing of Bishop Sherman, Dr. Reid continued to serve faithfully under Bishop Cornelius E. Anderson, Sr. as Superintendent of the Southeastern District and First Administrative Assistant to the Bishop. Passionate about extending the ministry  into the Fayetteville community and surrounding areas, he served  as  a member of the Cumberland County Ministerial Association. He  also  influenced the lives of many through  his  radio  broadcast  on  WIDU-Fayetteville.  Elder Reid was loved and became a spiritual father to many in the city as well as across the country.

In  2010,  Superintendent  Reid’s  health  began  to decline and  he went home to be with



John Charles Reid

the Lord on July 8, 2011.  Before his passing, Supt. Reid request that Supt. Larry A. Bellamy I, be appointed as pastor by Bishop C. Ellis Anderson Sr.  Supt. Larry A. Bellamy is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina and pastor of Rhema Ministries Church Of God In Christ, Fayetteville, NC.


Pastor Bellamy served in the United States Army for 30 years with distinction. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management from the University of Maryland and Excelsior University and a master’s degree in Christian Ministry with and emphasis in Pastoral Care from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. 

In 1981, Pastor Bellamy became a licensed minister.  In 1986, he was ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ by


the late Bishop L. B. Davenport. Pastor Bellamy’s pastorate includes Fort Amador COGIC, Republic of Panama, Munich COGIC and Free for All COGIC, Republic of Germany. 


Pastor Bellamy is married to District Missionary Shiral L. Bellamy. They have two biological sons, Larry II and Bryon and a host of spiritual sons and daughters. He mentors young men and seeks to encourage them to be strong in the Lord and love the Word of God. His favorite scripture is John 7:38; "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living waters."

Superintendent Larry Bellamy, I





Early years of Pentecostal Temple

(1st Minor Renovations and Addition)


1st Major Renovation

Present Pentecostal Temple Ministries
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