Abilene Bible Church
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The history of Abilene Bible Church is really about one family's remarkable commitment to Christ Jesus and the subsequent preaching of the Gospel. Below, we will profile the two leaders who established, developed, and led ABC and then conclude with our current pastor, Dr. Daiqing Yuan. The congregation of ABC extends a big, sincere Thank You to all three of these Christian leaders and their families!
Dr. Joe Temple was born October 14, 1917 in East McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He married Christine Ray of Thomaston, Georgia on June 10, 1940. They were the parents of seven children. Mrs. Temple went to be with the Lord on May 23, 1972. Dr. Temple went to be with the Lord on December 13, 1990. Dr. Temple graduated from Bob Jones University in 1939 with a B.A. degree in religion with emphasis on the original Biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew. He conducted graduate work at Hardin Simmons University. Dr. Temple had an extensive private study related to daily expository messages that he presented on a daily radio program for 51 years. He also established a weekly television program where he presented the Bible verse by verse, chapter by chapter, from Genesis to Revelation. In 1964. the Board of Trustees of Bob Jones University voted to confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in recognition of his long years of faithful exposition of the Ward of God from the pulpit and printed page, through which he became internationally known. In 1943, he founded the Abilene Bible Conference Association, a non-profit corporation through which his varied ministries could be carried on. Its headquarters was in Abilene Bible Church, 733 Butternut, Abilene, Texas 79602.
Dr. Tim Temple, the oldest child and first son of Dr. and Mrs. Temple, was born on November 12. 1943 in Abilene, Texas. He Married Janice Riddle of Huntington, West Virginia on January 25, 1967. They are the parents of three children. Dr. Temple earned a B.A. degree in Religion from Bob Jones University, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Th.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary. Dr. Temple served as pastor of Grace Church in Wichita Falls, Texas from 1968-1978. He was pastor of Abilene Bible Church from 1978 to 2009. In addition to his pastoral experience, Dr. Temple has spoken in Christian camps, youth retreats, and Bible conferences throughout the United States and Central America. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Central American Mission, and the International and Pregnancy Counseling Service of Abilene. He has also been Bible Hour Speaker for the Gideons’ International Convention.
Dr. Temple maintains an active blog website. Click the image at right to visit.
Dr. Daiqing Yuan was born September 2, 1962 in Bejing, China. He married Xiaofeng (Rose) of Bejing, China on August 22, 1987. They have four children. He was trained as a scientist and studied physics at Peking University (B.S. 1984; M.S. 1987) and at the University of North Texas (M.S. l989; Ph.D. l996), majoring in Quantum Mechanics. After being called to full-time ministry, he studied at Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M. 2006), where he majored in Bible exposition and pastoral ministry. Dr. Yuan is working on a second Ph.D. at this time. He served on the staff at Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas. He was an associate staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ as a missionary and pastor for thirteen years before he was called to be the senior pastor of Abilene Bible Church in 2009. He and his wife Rose have translated more than twenty sets of Bible training materials and directed the Bible Training Center for pastors in the mission field. He has conducted a radio ministry on Trans World Radio, where he taught the Bible from cover to cover. He has taught apologetics on three continents and is a specialist in Biblical chronology. He received “Who’s Who in Physics” while a graduate student at UNT, and he was awarded the J. Dwight Pentecost Bible Scholarship during his Ph.D. study there.