MEET OUR PASTOR

PRENTIS VASCO JOHNSON, SR. TH.D.

Prentis Vasco Johnson, Sr. was born at McChord AFB Hospital in Tacoma Washington. He is the fifth of nine children to parents Grover Cleveland (deceased) and Angie Mae (Johnson) Dubois. Shortly after his birth the family relocated to Newton, Mississippi until he was four years old then moved back to Tacoma, Washington where he currently resides.

He graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington with academic honors as well as athletic achievements. He is listed in the Who’s Who among American High School Students, as well as in the International Achievers of High School Students. He served as the Vice President of his class, Junior Achievement Company President and was on the All City/State Football and Track teams.

Prentis attended Pacific Lutheran University where he obtained a BA degree in Business Administration in 1978 and received several honors including Who’s Who among College Students in America, NAIA Little All-American Honorary Mention in football and track, and the Alumni Recognition Award for being one of the most outstanding students in Pacific Lutheran’s history. He also served on the Pacific Lutheran University Alumni Board of Directors for 10 years. He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Capella University (Summa Cum Laude) in 2005, a Doctorate Degree in Theology from the Midwest Theological University in 2016 and is currently completing his Doctorate Degree in Leadership/Organizational Management from Capella University.

In 1991 he received his ministerial license from Aenon Bible College and was ordained into the ministry. He currently serves as the pastor of the Greater Christ Temple Church in Tacoma Washington since 2008. He was elevated to District Elder in 2010 and Suffragan Bishop in November 2016 in the Pacific Northwest District Council of the Pentecostal Assembly of the World, Incorporated. He served as the President of the Men’s Ministry of the Pacific Northwest District Council and the Northwest Regional Representative of the International Men’s Ministry Auxiliary (IMMA) of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Incorporated. He also held previous positions in the IMMA as Assistant Secretary, Secretary, and Vice President.

Prentis retired from The Boeing Company December 31, 2015 after 37 1/2 years. While at Boeing he received several recognitions and honors including Cost Savings Awards and Leadership Awards. He served as the Chair of the Shared Service Group Diversity Council & Engagement Team which he founded in 2002. He was a recipient of the Global Diversity Process Improvement Award (2005) and the Diversity Change Agent Award (2007) recognizing his support and creative ideas for influencing positive changes in the company workforce. In addition, he served as the president of the Boeing Track Team.

Prentis is very active in his community and serves in the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance organization as a Director. He is a member of the Tacoma NAACP, the A. Philip Randolph organization, the Political Destiny organization, and several other community organizations. He served as a volunteer coach for the Todd Beamer High School track team from 2004 to 2006. He founded several mentoring and tutoring programs in Tacoma for the youth, including Youth for Christ, Black Achievers Program and Apprentice Learning Program. He is also a certified arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Prentis and his wife, Loretta, have been married since 1978. Together they have four grown children whom all reside in the Tacoma area. They also have eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Prentis gives all glory to God for his accomplishments and achievements in life.

Pastoral Welcome

To help build God's kingdom one family at a time.

Here, at Greater Christ Temple, the people are a lot like you. We are real people. We are here to build people, relationships, our community and God’s Kingdom. No matter your background or current circumstances, you can know that we are here to love unconditionally. We truly believe, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

OUR ASSISTANT PASTOR

Elder Timothy W. Thomas, Sr.

Elder Timothy W. Thomas, the twelfth of twenty children, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1972, subsequently leading him to Bremerton, Washington in 1974; where he later married Frances Johnson in July of 1974. From their union are 4 adult children, Shannon K, Johari K, Jamila B, and Timothy W., Jr.

Elder Thomas was baptized at the age of nine at Christ Temple in Indianapolis, Indiana. Elder Thomas received the Holy Ghost in 1977 at Christ Temple Church, now Greater Christ Temple Church in Tacoma, Washington, where the pastor was Bishop C. E. Montgomery, D.D. Elder Thomas was called into the Ministry in 1979, and has traveled throughout the world, in places such as Japan and the Philippines, preaching the gospel.

Elder Thomas received his Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts from the Evergreen State College focusing his field of Study in Psychology. Employed for the Department of Defense as a Lifting and Handling Supervisor, he retired in January 2010, after a thirty year career. Elder Thomas is also a Kitsap County Civil Service Commissioner, and has worked with institutions such as Forrest Ridge & Mission Creek where he helps facilitate Gang Interventions. Elder Thomas has held several positions with The Pacific Northwest District Council, such as Youth President, and Pacific Northwest District Council General Assistant Treasurer.

Elder Timothy is also an intricate part of Christ for the World Ministries. Additionally, Elder Thomas and Sis Frances actively counsels married couples and facilitate marriage workshops. Not only does Elder Thomas frequently travel as an International Evangelist, he is also currently the Assistant Pastor of Greater Christ Temple Church, working aside Suffergan Bishop Prentis V. Johnson, Sr. Elder Thomas has recently been elevated within the Pacific Northwest District Council, to the position of District Elder.

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