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Welcome, and thank you for visiting Shy Temple CME Church online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.


We believe that the door to salvation is always open and so are the doors to our church. Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.


Our church offers a traditional setting for your most sacred celebration.


Sunday Morning services are at 10:00 AM.


IMPACT Bible Study Tuesday 6:15PM.


IMPACT Bible Study is Wednesday at 12:00 PM.


2030 Wesley Chapel Rd. Decatur, GA 30035


Tel: (404)377-3174

Fax: (404)378-9562

Click to Give Your Tithes & Offerings

"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings."

About Shy Temple 

The St. John congregation was a proving ground for student-ministries of the CME Church. Heading the list of those who honed their skills at St. John were William Yancey Bell (1818-1962) and Elisha P. Murchison (1907-1992) who later became 

Bishops in the CME Church. Other illustrious students included the Rev. Paul Fowlkes and the Rev. Ernest Leach.


As the congregation grew in number, St. John was able to accomplish many things as the church body followed Christ. The Rev. W. R. Jenkins was pastor when the church mortgage was burned.


Despite the achievements, the Fulton County Stadium development brought drastic changes to St. John and to the old Summer Hill neighborhood. St. John and many other churches in the area were forced to move out to make room for the stadium and its facilities.


On March 8, 1968, during a regular meeting of the Sixth Episcopal District held at Holsey Temple CME Church in Atlanta, the leaders of the district voted to support St. John CME in its efforts to find a new location. Finding that there was a building available at 2012 Memorial Drive, the assemblage decided that this would be an ideal location for St. John's ministry. The leaders of the conference endorsed the negotiations and the relocation conference endorsed the negotiations and the relocations bacame a reality on July 9, 1968.


The church was purchased from the Full Gospel Church, Inc. on behalf of St. John. The Rev. W. Clyde Willams, pastor, Mrs. Louise Jones, trustee and Thomas White, treasurer, were the church leaders who participated in the transaction and the church was purchased for the amount of $150,000.


The title to ownership took place on December 8, 1968 and the formal opening service took place on March 9, 1969 with Bishops Peter Randolph Shy and Elisha P. Murchison delivering the opening sermons.


The pastors who have served Shy Temple CME include: 

Rev. W. Clyde Williams, Rev. Jerry Poole, Rev. H.W. Wilson,

Rev. Roland Long, Rev. E. T. Ashmore, Rev. J. Ronzell Maness,

Rev. Roy L. Williams, Rev. J. Bernard Kynes, Rev. Lewis W. Jay,

Rev. Cedric Allen, Dr. E. D. Hooks, Rev. Lamont Johnson, Rev. Leon C. Moore,

and our current pastor James Clements. 

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