Our roots. 

our legacy.

our history

In 1927, The Pure Holiness Churches of God, {PHC}, was birthed by a vision God gave to our founder Mother Mary Rowe. The first church was planted in Anniston, AL. PHC in its beginnings, began with a faithful few that would meet to worship God together in Mother Rowe’s house. Their beliefs was the same as what we believe today, an organization that’s foundation was built on the word of God of the Lord Jesus Christ. Beliefs that the principle foundation of preaching the Gospel, the ordinances are administered and the doctrine of which holiness is emphasized, as being essential to one’s salvation. PHC is commonly known as being a Holiness or Pentecostal denomination.

In 1935, Mother Mary Rowe came to Clem, GA where she founded Clem Pure Holiness Church of God, now known as St. John PHC. In 1936, Mother Rowe left Clem and went to Hiram, GA where she started the Pure Holiness Church of God in Hiram, now known as Smith Temple PHC. Mother Rowe then traveled to Coosa, Hulett and Senoia, GA to extend the PHC brand.

In 1952, God began blessing again, the Pure Holiness Church of God was established in Atlanta, GA now known as Timothy PHC. Later she went to Zebulon, GA and started Zebulon Pure Holiness Church of God which is now Joyful Tabernacle PHC. She then set her sights on Lineville, AL. and created a church there.

Because of Mother Rowe faithfulness and influence PHC now has a total of 16 churches in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

our leadership

PRESIDING bishop

Bishop James P. Waters

St. John PHC
421 Willie N St
Carrollton, GA 30117

 bishop

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Bishop Willie N. Smith

Joyful Tabernacle of Praise PHC
8th Church Street
Concord, GA 30206

board of elders

ELDER FREDDIE HAMBRICK

New Covenant Church

2421 Glass Street

Chattanooga, TN

ELDER MYTRICE ACKEY

Timothy PHC
708 McDonough Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30315

ELDER KAREN DONES

Smith Temple PHC
362 Poole Bridge Road
Hiram, GA 30141

ELDER HAROLD NEAL

Divine Grace PHC
1527 Bullard Place
Powder Springs, GA 30127

ELDER MARK ACKEY

Greater Pineview PHC
118 Chestlehurst Rd 
Senoia, GA 30276

ELDER JAMES SWAYNE

Temple of Christ PHC
1492 Mikado Ave
Macon, GA 31206

ELDER DR. ERIC SIMS

New Covenant Church

2421 Glass Street

Chattanooga, TN

ELDER DETRIA SMITH

Vicks Apostolic Church

517 MLK Blvd

Dalton, GA

ELDER JOYCE WHITE

Victory Cathedral PHC
29680 Highway 48
Woodland, AL 36280

FORMER GENERAL PRESIDING BISHOPS

The Late Bishop E. L. Blackwell (1947-1965)
The Late Bishop Luther Rex Smith (1965)
The Late Bishop Bennie G. Isom, Sr. (1965-1989)
Bishop Steven E. Ackey (1989-2013)

Bishop A.D Ringer (1990- 2016)

FORMER GENERAL BISHOPS

The Late Bishop James White
The Late Bishop C.F. Fears
Bishop Oscar Varner

FORMER BOARD OF ELDER MEMBERS

The Late Elder Judson Ringer
The Late Elder Luther Rex Smith

The Late Elder Alonzo Dones, Sr.
Elder Ira Smith, Sr.
Elder George D. Thomas
Elder Willie F. Reid