Our History 

Bright Temple Church of God in Christ was founded by Elder Clarence Garfield Bright in 1930 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Also the founder of a local church there, Pastor Bright moved his family of 13 from Decherd, Tennessee to Shelbyville. Pastor Bright and the early membership began worship in the homes of the saints, until God allowed him to build a small frame church building on Tillman Street.

In 1951, the then Elder Audley Shaun King succeeded our founder as pastor. In April 1969, filling the vacancy left by Bishop J.O. Patterson, Sr., Elder King was elevated to the position of Bishop, as the Jurisdictional Prelate for Tennessee Second Jurisdiction. Bishop was an inspirational leader who, though he lost his natural sight, proclaimed he never lost his vision. Bishop King served as pastor for 34 years and moved the church to our current site on Elm Street in 1979.

Elder Larry James Crismon, Sr. succeeded Bishop King in 1985, and, under his leadership, the property of the church expanded around us to include our annex and building for our children's ministry. He served as a district superintendent until being elevated to Administrative Assistant to Bishop Jerry Maynard in Tennessee 4th Jurisdiction. After 24 years of service as our pastor, he passed away in March 2009, leaving his son and great-grandson of our founder to continue the work...

Dr. Larry J. Crismon II was the first of two sons born to the late Pastor Larry J. Crismon, Sr. and Brenda Crismon. Our pastor grew up in this church, and, as a young man, served as: an acolyte, a choir member, and a sound technician; before accepting his call to the ministry on June 17, 1994 during the final night of a state-wide youth meeting.

Our pastor was formally educated in Bedford County, Tennessee. He received his baccalaureate degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and his doctorate from the University of Memphis. Pastor was ordained and licensed as an elder with the Church of God in Christ, Inc. on August 11, 2000 by Bishop James Scott of Tennessee Second Eastern Jurisdiciton COGIC.

Pastor married his wife and childhood sweetheart, the former Carissa N. Fisher, on December 30, 2000. Our First Lady is an anointed songstress and youth leader. She also serves as an educator, currently working with Murfreesboro City Schools. They have twin sons, Joseph and Justin, and a girl, Brenyn.

Pastor served as Assistant Pastor for seven years to Pastor Joseph Fisher at Temple Worship Center COGIC in Parsons, TN. Pastor was State AIM Chairman for Tennessee Central Jurisdiction COGIC under the late Bishop W.L. Porter. He is currently the superintendent of the L.J. Crismon, Sr. Memorial District in Tennessee Fourth Jurisdiction COGIC under Bishop Jerry Maynard.

Pastor began service as our leader June 15, 2009 and was officially installed on October 24, 2009 by Bishop Maynard. Pastor loves the Lord, and is inspired by the compassionate ministry Christ showed us while on Earth. He believes that God has given us all a New Beginning, and it is his mission to share that Good News with the World.

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516 Elm Street, Shelbyville, TN, 37160

(931) 684-7356

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Pastor Larry J. Crismon Sr.

1985-2009