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Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
 

Our Vision

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Proverbs 29:18

It is a Scriptural teaching that every ministry has a vision from God as to its purpose in God’s plan for His church. Ours is a three-pronged vision, setting the captives free from: Religious Bondage Financial Bondage Marital Distress God called this ministry into existence, on the first Sunday, in December of 1974 when Temple of Praise held its inaugural service. One year later, the Lord directed Pastor Perez to pioneer a work on an old country road. He moved from a beautiful suburban home to an old abandoned farmhouse, an equally dilapidated 2 bedroom house and a leaning barn, and horse stables. The old farmhouse became his family’s home for six and a half years. The two bedrooms became the first sanctuary. It was then Pastor Perez knew God had begun this ministry, not man. A new boldness and courage flowed through him – there was nothing to fear – God was in control. JESUS IS…

Our Pastors

Dr. Gilbert D. Perez

Founder and Senior Pastor, formerly a prominent businessman in the San Antonio community, Dr. Gilbert D. Perez heeded the call of the Lord on his life and held his first service as the Pastor of Temple of Praise Church in December of 1975. His willingness to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and his background in business have helped Temple of Praise Ministries flourish as a viable part of our community. His compassionate spirit and joyfulness make him a much sought after speaker at numerous crusades and conventions in the United States as well as internationally. With his PhD. in Family Counseling and Psychology he has also held numerous Marriage and Financial Seminars over the years. For over a quarter of a century, Pastor Perez has preached the gospel to thousands and equipped the congregation of Temple of Praise to further the kingdom of God here on earth.
 

Trudie M. Perez

First Lady and SCA Administrator Since the humble beginnings of Temple of Praise in 1975, she has ministered alongside her husband, Pastor Perez. Her previous experience in the corporate world in management and finances has made her a strong helpmate to her husband and has given her a special place in the hearts of the Temple of Praise congregation. She has sung professionally for over 25 years and has recorded numerous songs. She gathered church musicians and singers from among the congregation and formed our worship and praise group known as the Temple-Heirs. She has sung at National and International crusades as well.
 

Frank Jauregui

Associate Pastor and TOP Body Ministry Director Pastor Frank has been a member of Temple of Praise Church for seventeen years. He has joined Temple of Praise full time, to help develop and implement the TOP Body Ministry. He currently serves as an Associate Pastor of the Church, and also leader of the Men’s prayer meeting, and director of our Home Groups Ministry.
 

Darryl and Christine Crain

Pastor Darryl and First Lady Christine Crain are our newest Pastors. Their drive and vision for the future will propel Temple of Praise into a new era.  He also serves as the Director of TCAL, Texas Christian Athletic League, a sports league for Christian schools in Texas. Christine serves as TCAL Administrator and is one of our Worship Leaders.
 

Our History

God called this ministry into existence, on the first Sunday, in December of 1974 when Temple of Praise held its inaugural service. One year later, the Lord directed Pastor Perez to pioneer a work on an old country road. He moved from a beautiful suburban home to an old abandoned farmhouse, an equally dilapidated 2 bedroom house and a leaning barn, and horse stables. The old farmhouse became his family’s home for six and a half years. The two bedrooms became the first sanctuary. It was then Pastor Perez knew God had begun this ministry, not man. A new boldness and courage flowed through him – there was nothing to fear – God was in control. JESUS IS…
 

Our Core Beliefs

The Bible to be the inerrant Word of GOD.
(II Tim. 3:15-17 and II Peter 21)
 
Salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, He alone gives eternal life.
(Eph. 2:8-9; Romans 5:8-13; Acts 4:12)
 
The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; GOD in the flesh.
(Matt. 1:23; John. 1:14; John. 5:22-23; John 3; Heb. 1:1-13)
 
The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of the Holy Ghost, we are divinely appointed to fulfill the great commission: Evangelize, Worship, Mature the Saints.
 
(Eph. 1:22-23, Acts 11:8, I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:11-16)
 
The doctrine of the Trinity. One GOD expressed in three persons “FATHER, SON and HOLY GHOST”.
Water baptism (full immersion). It is an outward sign of an inward experience.
(Matt. 28:19; Acts. 2:38; Rom. 6:3-4)
 
The Lord’s Supper – bread and the fruit of the vine being symbolic of: Our sharing in His Divine Nature, Memorial of His suffering and death, His Son’s return.
(II Pet. 1:4; I Cor. 11:26)
 
Baptism in the Holy Spirit, this evidence by the outward sign of “speaking in tongues”. 
(Acts 2:4; I Cor. 12)
 
Divine Healing – provide for in the Old Testament and reaffirmed in the New Testament.
(Ex. 15:26; I Pet. 2:24)
 
The rapture of the saints – the great “catching away” of the saints.
 
(I Thess. 4:16-17)
 
The actual, physical return of Jesus Christ with His saints (you and I).
 
(Zech. 14:5; Matt. 24:27-30; Rev. 1:7)