About Temple Christian School
Temple Christian School was founded in 1975 as an outreach ministry of Temple Baptist Church which itself was founded in 1965 by Pastor Joe Pelfrey. The church itself began by meeting in the Lion’s Club of Fort Myers. Later, the church rented a building on McGregor Boulevard for a short time, and then met in a storefront on McGregor Boulevard for a few months until the church constructed its first building circa 1968 on Ballard Road in Fort Myers, Florida. Pastor Dannie Webster who became the pastor in 1973 was led to begin a place for students to learn in a Christian school. Construction for the present building began in 1974 on Highway 31, in North Fort Myers, Florida. The school began in 1975 with thirteen students in primary grades and four staff members. It quickly grew and additional grades and faculty were added each year. In 1976-77, a new auditorium and additional school rooms were added. Temple Baptist School’s first graduating class was in 1980. In 1984, Pastor Ken Griffith came on board. In 2006-07 a $40,000 playground was constructed for the use of the school. 2015 brought Pastor Nathan Thomas as the senior pastor until September of 2017. Hurricane Irma took a toll on the facilities of Temple ministries and did well over a quarter of a million dollars of damage. Pastor John Edwards arrived in December of 2017 as our current Senior Pastor and the Administrative Director of Temple Christian School. Extensive repairs got underway upon his arrival and by April 2018 the students were able to move back into their classrooms. The 2017-18 school year was tumultuous. Shortly after the 2018-19 school year begun, another tragedy struck Temple Christian School. In October 2018, a horrible car accident claimed the lives of the school’s principal, Mrs. Dawn Baker, her husband and teacher Mr. Chet Baker as well as their 4-year-old son Jamison. Those people are not replaceable, but the positions they had in the school are, and Temple Christian School is now fully staffed. We are excited about our future here and we are headed in a healthy direction for the Lord.
It is the firm conviction of the administration and staff of Temple Christian School that the integration of Biblical principles is essential for the youth of today to have the correct worldview. It is our desire to not only provide a quality education, but to instill such character traits that our students will be “Champions for Christ.”
“Building Champions for Christ.”