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Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Temple Baptist Church is to be a friendly, family oriented church striving to meet the needs of adults and youth alike.  Our vision is to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We desire to help build God’s church through the salvation of the lost, to equip the saved to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord, and to strengthen the family with the necessary tools to remain strong in an age when the family unit is under attack.


Pastor James Bosler, Senior Pastor

Our Pastor is a native of Jacksonville, Florida.  He was saved July 16,1970, at the Jacksonville Baptist Temple, under the ministry of Dr. Wendell Zimmerman.  He is a 1977 graduate of Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.

Pastor Bosler has over 30 years of ministry experience serving as College and Career Director;  Christian School Principal;  Children, Youth and Seniors Minister;  Associate Pastor and Pastor of churches in Florida and Georgia.  Since 1993 he has been Pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Decatur, Illinois. 

He married his wonderful wife, Patty, on June 4, 1976 at the Cherry St. Baptist Church, in Springfield, Missouri, where he was on staff.  They have 2 grown sons who are both serving in the ministry.

Patty Bosler

Patty was born in Flint, Michigan to Lloyd and Velma Stearns.  She was born 5th out of 6 children.  Her parents are charter members at Cherry Street Baptist Church, in Springfield, Missouri.  When she was almost 6 years old, Dr. Kenneth Gillming came to her home and led her to the Lord.  She graduated from Baptist Bible College in 1975 with a Christian Education degree.

Patty has always been a faithful servant through her church.  She first began teaching 4-year-olds while she was still in high school.  Following college, she was married and has always been active in her husband’s ministry.  Patty has taught all ages of children and for many years has faithfully led the Jr. Church program, as well as all the other duties that are part of being a Pastor’s wife.

There are two special church events that Patty loves being involved with.  One is the annual Ladies’ Spring Banquet, which is a highlight of the church year for the ladies.  The other is the Children’s Christmas program, where each year she leads the children in a musical play about Christmas.

Pastor Steve House, Youth & Music Pastor

  Pastor Steve was born and raised in a Christian home outside of Philadelphia, PA.  He was saved in Sunday School at an early age and regularly attended Berean Bible Church in Philadelphia.  At the age of 15, he felt led to pursue full time Christian ministry.  Stephen served as Youth Coordinator at Berean Bible Church in Philadelphia, prior to going to Florida for college.  In 2004, he graduated from Trinity Baptist College, in Jacksonville, FL.  In 2005, Stephen and his family accompanied another family to start a new independent Baptist church in central New York.  For the next five years he served as Associate Pastor of 7 Valleys Baptist Church, where he led many areas of ministry, including worship, youth, children, outreaches, VBS, Sunday School, and pulpit supply.

     Pastor Steve and Cassie met in high school and were married on August 19th, 2000.  Their first child, Joshua, was born in Florida shortly after Stephen graduated college.  Bekah and Sarah were both born in New York. 

    Temple is blessed to have this fine couple ministering with our Youth and Music.


What we believe:

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