Greater Holy Temple is dedicated to serving a diverse population and providing its students with a supportive learning environment to inspire all students to strive for excellence in pursuing a strong academic and Christian environment, in order to succeed in and contribute to the community.
Greater Holy Temple Christian Academy was the dream of the late Elder Joseph Robert DeShazer, Jr., who was the brother of our Founder and Executive Director, Pastor James E. DeShazer. Elder Joseph R. DeShazer was the Pastor and Founder of Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, and the First Administrative Assistant and President of the State Evangelist Department of the 3rd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Church of God in Christ. He was a graduate of Marquette University and Rhema Bible Institute, which demonstrates that education was important for his own success.
Elder Joseph R. DeShazer was truly a spiritual giant, a "Man of God" and prophet of the Lord. He was a great man of faith and wisdom. Elder Joseph R. DeShazer had faith in his own abilities and faith in prayer. He always had dreams and goals, which gave him hope. He had a strong love for children, which was the ultimate reason for the establishment of GHTCA and is the reason for the school's vision. Elder Joseph R. DeShazer believed that faith, honor and respect are the key ingredients in the recipe for success.
After the death of Elder Joseph R. DeShazer, Pastor James E. DeShazer had a dream which encouraged him to bring his brother's vision to life. Greater Holy Temple Christian Academy, founded in 2002, opened its doors in September 2003 with 57 children. Today, GHTCA educates more than 600 students from the Milwaukee area. It had its first 8th grade graduation class in May 2007.
GHTCA opened its doors at 4240 N. Green Bay Road and expanded to the adjacent church (occupying two buildings). Ultimately, in the summer of August 2006, it was blessed to occupy one of MPS' vacant schools at 5575 North 76th Street where the enrollment is now at capacity.
Pastor James E. DeShazer believes in the importance of educating Milwaukee's children and giving their parents educational choices. He too demonstrates a strong love for GHTCA's children and their families. As Pastor James E. DeShazer states, "God is working it out for your children," and he truly believes that. He models this attitude each day to the staff and challenges them to give their all to GHTCA, its children and their families...just as he does.
We thank Elder Joseph R. DeShazer Jr. for his dream of Greater Holy Temple Christian Academy and Pastor James E. DeShazer for making his dream come true.