Vision: WE SEEK TO NURTURE A SPIRIT OF HOPE AND HEALING FOR ALL PEOPLE”
Mission: “OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE AN INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH, CHRIST CENTERED, HOLISTIC MINISTRY BASED UPON THE ANOINTED WORD OF GOD THAT DESTROYS STRONGHOLDS AND EQUIPS MANKIND FOR DISCIPLESHIP”
In October 1999, Pastor Thomas L. Murray called together a Core Group of twelve people to his home to share his initial vision for the ministry. At that time, they had no money, members, complete plans, organizational structure or place to worship.
From October to December 1999, the Core Group met each Saturday at different Core Members homes where they eventually gave birth, by the Grace and Spirit of God, to a name for this ministry. During that time, the core members identified different options for setting up the ministry, developed a form of financial accountability, set up a bank account and targeted appropriate outreach ministries that could be provided to the community. This dedicated group produced and implemented marketing strategies, made site visits to prospective worship locations and evangelized various communities. It was determined from these meetings that we would target the least, lost, disenfranchised and marginalized among our city, county, state and nation.
On January 2, 2000, the first formal worship service was held at the Marriott Hotel in
In October 2000, the Lord blessed us with a stable location and we moved from the Marriott Hotel and leased space from
- Maintenance of a Mini Health and Wellness Library
- Initiation of a 12-Step Program for Alcohol and Cocaine Addictions
- An HIV Counseling Program
- Praise Team Ministry
- Intercessory Prayer
- Usher Ministry
- Encouragement Ministry
- Sunday School
- Children & Youth Ministry
- Women’s Fellowship
- Tape/Media Ministry (VHS and Cassette)
- Annual family month, entrepreneur showcase, and various annual programs
In March 2002 we purchased the former
- Men’s Fellowship
- Financial management seminars
- Court Appointed Special Advocates program (CASA)
- Publicity/Marketing ministry
- Culinary ministry
- Leadership Summits
- Job training/placement program for individuals with disabilities
- Angel Tree sponsor
- Youth outreach programs for the community
- Radio Broadcast Ministry
- Community health and service fairs
- Singles Ministry
- Married Couples Ministry
- Grant-writing Ministry
In August 2003, we were blessed with another accelerated anointing with our purchase of the 8 acres at
- Community Worship Complex
· Life-long Learning & Retreat Complex
- Human Relations Complex
- Recreation / Health & Wellness Complex
· Senior Day Complex
We continue our journey with an attitude of anticipation, jubilation, and expectancy as we follow God’s lead toward higher praise for what He is going to direct to this ministry through the leadership of our Anointed Shepherd, Pastor Thomas Lewis Murray. Praise God for the anointing of this ministry – Amen!
Thank you for visiting the Anointed Temple of Praise website. We count it a privilege to serve you and hope you have a great on-line experience with us. We exist for one reason – souls. Our greatest joy is to see people encounter God in a relevant way and discover His plans and purposes for their lives.
We have designed this website with you in mind – meaning we hope you will visit often to get up-to-date information on ministries, events, special services and ways to get plugged in to life at ATOP. One thing you will find – there is always something happening at ATOP.
So whether this is your first time to visit us on line or you are returning – we hope you’ll use this website as a trusted resource for your spiritual growth and information. I also hope whenever possible you can be a part of our weekly services.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!