Imani Temple was founded on FAITH. In Swahili, Imani means FAITH. Hebrews 11:6 says, "but without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
God led Sister Felecia Brown to plant a church in Temecula. On October 4, 1992, she contacted Bishop McKinney, who had also been led by the Spirit to begin a ministry in this area.
On October 12, 1992, eight founding members met with Bishop McKinney to discuss forming a church in the Temecula area. The first order of business was the recruitment of a Pastor. The founding members agreed to select a pastor from the three ministers sent by Bishop McKinney to conduct weekly services.
The members asked for a minister that loved the Lord, who was a teacher, someone who was sensitive to the needs of the community as well as the members in the church, and most of all, sensitive to the will of God.
On October 18, 1992, Bishop McKinney sent Elder James and Ewana Mason to conduct the first worship service of Imani Temple Church of God in Christ. Elder and Sister Mason met with eight members in the home of Sister Brown for the service. Elder Mason preached on the "Role of the Church", the role of Praise, Prayer, and Power as necessary ingredients for success in building of a church (Matt. 16:13-20).
Two weeks later, on the first Sunday of November, it became necessary for the church to branch out into the community and share the blessings with the people of Temecula. We moved our Sunday service to the community room of the Ramada Inn. Our first Sunday service at the Ramada was packed. We believed that this was surely an indication that the journey of faith that we were on was the will of God.
God's will was soon revealed to the founding members that Elder and Sister Mason were the leaders that were sent to provide ministry in this area. On November 20, 1992, Elder Mason accepted the position of Pastor/Teacher and Chief Administrator of the Board of Directors of Imani Temple.
God continued to bless the ministry and the church moved to the Redhawk Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room. Land was purchased and plans formed to build the first dome church in Temecula.
Today, services are held in our own a dome Multi-Purpose building that seats 504, at 34590 Calle Arnaz Road. Plans have begun to build a 2500 seat dome sanctuary in the near future. God is good and to Him we give all the glory and praise.
The church conducts various ministries and outreach programs including: youth fellowship and youth camp - youth outreach to the Pala Indian Reservation - youth orphanage in Mexico - annual family conference - annual retreat for married couples - community health fair and door to door ministry.
There are over 70 people involved in various ministries and new programs developed as the ministry grows. The church has over 15 licensed persons including 8 ordained Ministers that serve in various capacities.
"Praise God for the Great things He has done!"