Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ was established as a transplant of the former Wayne Street Church of God In Christ. The Late Elder Joseph Anderson, Jr. became pastor of Wayne Street after the demise of the Late Elder T. B. Belford. The church relocated to the corner of 22nd Avenue and 22nd Street South because of the construction of Interstate 275. Elder Anderson was a man of great faith and courage and physically helped to build the present sanctuary where we now worship. He was also a praying man and was very compassionate towards people.
As a Master Barber and business owner in the city of St. Petersburg, Pastor Anderson is a very well known, respected, and loved by the community. He believed in the study of God’s Word and the promotion of education. He worked with the then superintendent of Pinellas County Schools, Scott Rose, to secure practice materials for tutoring our students and was involved in the Pinellas County education system.
Beside every good man is a good woman. This saying is certainly true of the Late Missionary Hilda Mae Anderson, the woman handpicked by God to be Elder Joseph’s helper in the ministry. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother of five children. As a praying woman and an anointed woman of the Word, also known throughout the Western Florida Jurisdiction of the Church Of God In Christ where she ministered the Word of God yearly during the general sessions of the various state conventions. Missionary Hilda was a powerful preaching woman. Her faith in God was undaunted even after suffering with the dreaded disease of cancer. Many were encouraged and strengthened by her praise and declaration of God’s power and goodness during her time of sickness. She also blessed the hearts of the saints from time to time when she sang her favorite hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.” Missionary Hilda worked untiringly as she led the women of the church in truth, faithfulness, love for their husbands and families, and the doctrine and ways of the Church of God in Christ. She was an excellent cook, given to hospitality and enjoyed serving the bishops and saints when they came to our area. In addition, she was known in the community as she worked with her husband in several businesses and delighted the people with her special recipe for sweet potato pies. Many came from near and far just to purchase her famous pies.
History of Pentecostal Temple COGIC
The Late Elder Joseph Anderson Jr. &
The Late Missionary Hilda M. Anderson
The Late Elder Joseph Anderson, Jr. and the Late Missionary Hilda Mae Anderson has left with us a tremendously rich legacy in holiness.
They continue to live on through the ministry works of their children, the many pastors and their wives, and Christian leaders who were brought up, guided and shaped by the Pentecostal Temple ministry under their leadership.
His parting message to the saints of God was that we have been “Programmed to Live Holy.”