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Welcome to Carter Temple CME Church. We're so glad you're here! This is a great place to know about us and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Undoubtedly, God has created each and every one of us for a specific reason. We believe that God has put together this church one person at a time. This page is dedicated to sharing who we are as a church and who we are as individuals. We want you to feel as welcome as possible. If you have any questions at all feel free to reach out to us. 

About Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Joseph B. Gordon

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Reverend Dr. Joseph B. Gordon is a graduate of the University of Michigan, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications and a Master of Divinity from the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. He earned the Doctor of Ministry degree in Prophetic Preaching from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. Since 2014, he has served as the pastor of Carter Temple C.M.E. Church in Chicago, IL. 


Dr. Gordon is blessed to be an invited preacher, teacher, and revivalist across the United States. He was blessed to be an inaugural presenter at the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett Seminary and received the Styberg Award for excellence in homiletics. In 2011, he received the Outstanding Minister Award from the Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. He was named one of Garrett Seminary’s “Faithful 50” Black Alums. He was also recognized as an “Unsung Hero” in Chicago’s Chatham/79th Street community and a portrait was commissioned in his honor. His board, denominational, ecumenical, and organizational affiliations include: Brothers and Sisters United against HIV/AIDS (BASUAH) in IL; Storehouse of Hope (MI); public relations aide for Congressman John Conyers, Jr; NAACP; Detroit’s Community-Faith Initiative; Garrett Seminary field education supervisor and mentor; the General Conference and Connectional Board of the C.M.E. Church; National Conference of Black Churches; founding member of the Black Methodist Alliance (Detroit), past president of the Detroit and Chicago District Ministerial alliances; Pan-Methodist Commission; and the National Council of Churches. He works alongside interdenominational and community leaders on Chicago’s Southside, and is a founding member of the Greater Chatham Clergy Association. 


Dr. Gordon serves in connectional leadership with the Standing Committee on Finance and Investments and is the Budget Director for the Third Episcopal District of the C.M.E. Church. He also serves the chairman of the Joint Board of Finance of the Southeast MO, IL, and WI Region, and held the same position in the Michigan-Indiana Region. As president of the Carter Temple Community Development Corporation (CDC), he offers steady leadership to the Gateway 79 project, a planned mixed-use housing/retail development. He also led in the establishment of Mahalia Jackson Court, a public outdoor plaza. The “Making of Mahalia Jackson Court” won an Emmy award (Public Affairs/Short Form, 2023). Through his leadership, Carter Temple CDC and its affiliates have been awarded nearly two million dollars in grants for capital projects and community programs. Carter Temple’s Gateway 79 is an inaugural Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) pilot program in the City of Chicago. Carter Temple CDC also launched Impact Youth, a state-funded leadership development and capacity building program, under Dr. Gordon’s leadership. As a board member of the Chatham Community Collaborative, he worked to secure one million dollars in state funding for community development initiatives. 


Prior to Carter Temple, Dr. Gordon served as pastor in four assignments in the states of Illinois and Michigan. Under his leadership, there have been capital improvements, as well as increases in stewardship, membership, and community involvement. However, and most important, lives have been changed and souls have been won for the kingdom of God. His passions are preaching, teaching, and working with civic and community leaders, health care issues and other concerns directly related to the African American experience and the urban church. He believes in the power of partnership and is wholly persuaded that change happens through collaboration. 




The mission of Carter Temple CME Church is to be disciples of Jesus the Christ by serving individuals, communities and the world as representatives of the loving presence of God and as witnesses to God's salvation and grace.



Carter Temple is a church that is intentional about kingdom-focused discipleship. We will build that kingdom of God through worship and ministries that build relationships (CONNECT), offer opportunities for service and outreach (SERVE), and enhance authentic discipleship (GROW). 



We are called to join in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We believe that reaching out to the lost and engaging with them will strengthen our bond with each other through God.



"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16 (NLT)

The Lord wants to have a personal relationship with you. God is waiting to help you fulfill your potential and live out your purpose. But your ultimate success depends on your relationship with him. By accepting Jesus as your Savior, you are free to live a transformed life, free from fear and uncertainty about your future. 

We are Thankful for You

If you're planning to visit us on a Sunday morning, please be sure to stop by our Guest Kiosk - located near the main entrance off of 79th Street. We'd love to share some information about our church with you!

Our History

Carter Temple is a mature, thriving congregation. We began in 1921 in the home of Mrs. Lula Wheeler and it was Bishop Randall Carter who arranged the purchase of the original property for $21,000, as Carter Temple officially opened on July 17, 1921 at 4310 A. Champlain Ave. 

The journey continued in 1965 to our present home at 7841 S. Wabash Ave! From that time until now, Carter Temple has been known as a teaching church with a heart for the community. In 2014, Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr. appointed Pastor Joseph B. Gordon as senior pastor. Pastor Gordon has led Carter Temple with compassion and a community-focused orientation. 


One of the tenets of the Methodist church is that there is an operational framework for how we conduct the business of the church.  The C.M.E. Church is connectional, meaning that the church is linked and relational; the relationships and linkages are maintained and supervised through the work of different levels of conferences. For more information about the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, visit www.thecmechurch.org.


Established in July of 1921


Moved to our current location


100th Church Anniversary


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