Who We Are

The Mission

We are committed to connecting people to God and each other for the transformation of Southeast Texas. 

The Vision

The Church I See.
Over the next decade, The Temple will raise up hundreds of
leaders who will lead thousands of people on the journey of a lifetime. This is no ordinary trip. This adventure leads people, one by one, into helping them take their next step in following Jesus. I see transformed people who are plugged into worship, prayer & the Word, charged up through relationships together, & living out lives of service through the power of the Holy Spirit. We will focus on nothing else but making fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who live out the destiny for which God created them.
The Church I see envisions entire cities changed by the remarkable grace & kindness of our people that leads to an unshakeable curiosity that draws them irresistibly to Christ.

The Church I see has thousands of people who are moving from being spiritual wanderers to becoming bold, Christ-like change agents in their homes & community. I see our homes as a promised land where parents lead the faith of their children, where adrift marriages are given a spiritual rudder to move in the same direction, & where families serve their neighbors sacrificially in Jesus’ Name.

I see a Church that grows larger by growing smaller as we connect to God & each other in small groups that act as life rafts drawing people out of the waters of loneliness & isolation and into the land that Christ died to give them. Like Joshua crossing the Jordan River, together, we will cross over to a new spiritual land for Southeast Texas. We will not stop until God changes the hearts & lives of our people forever.
That’s the church I see.

Teaching Team

Phil Chamberlin

Senior Pastor
The passion of Pastor Phil’s heart is to see people get connected to God and to each other.
His vision is to see the Golden Triangle of Southeast Texas transformed by the incredible love and grace of Jesus Christ.
For the past five years, Phil has served as the Senior Pastor of The Temple. When he arrived, the church had been devastated by Hurricane Harvey and needed rebuilding. After working with an incredible team of people, The Temple was restored better than ever.  Since then, the church has experienced exceptional growth as people are getting connected to God and to each other. He gets to lead a PHENOMENAL staff who are the best in the world (they wrote this).
A native of Kentucky, Phil is a graduate of Berea College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, History, and Political Science, and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Seminary. Originally, his desire was to work in Mergers and Acquisitions as a corporate turnaround specialist, but God had something else in mind. After a short stint in Washington, D.C. working in the U.S. Senate, Phil surrendered to the call of God to pursue ministry. In ministry, Phil has founded or restarted five churches in Ohio, Colorado, and Texas.
Pastor Phil is married to the love of his life, Danna. Danna is a regulatory chemist and environmental engineer who serves alongside her husband as a Bible study teacher and lead worshipper on the praise team. A third-generation worship leader, Danna sings and plays the keyboard. In her teaching, she loves to show how science and the Bible are compatible, and how God uniquely designed the universe with us in mind. Her Bible studies are fascinating for people who are interested in how everything in the Old and New Testaments point to Christ.
Together, Phil and Danna lead a small group for couples in their home. They have four children: Jordan (27), a worship leader and university student majoring in nutrition and dietetics in Louisiana; Kelsey (24), a worship leader and a middle school youth director in Florida; Megan (24), a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in East Texas; and Adam (17), a senior in high school. They also have one grandchild, Ezra.
In their spare time, they love playing with their two dogs Zoe and Daisy, traveling to the beach or the lake, and hanging out with friends at the pool. They enjoy listening to Frank Sinatra, old (old?!) 80’s music and watching comedies (where they usually—annoyingly-- know all the lines). Some evenings, they can be found in the backyard smoking a cigar and enjoying a concoction they just threw together.
Phil and Danna love The Temple and the people of Southeast Texas and are proud to call it home.


Kurt Ervin

Executive Pastor