BOSTICK TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST
Come and go with us; we will do you good!
With a rich history dating back to1908, the church owes its inception to Bishop Daniel Bostick. Daniel Bostick was born Nov. 22, 1874 in Jackson State, Illinois to Ferdinand and Mary Bostick. Daniel Bostick was a “peculiar child” and “different” from other children. Although he enjoyed playing marbles and ball with his six siblings, his boyhood traits were filled with peculiarities. He was clever, witty, brilliant and vivacious. He was obedient to his parents and did chores around the house. Home life with his parents was harmonious.
Daniel Bostick received his education in the states of Illinois and Missouri. He loved attending school and church. After his boyhood life, he served in his community as a teacher. On Dec. 8, 1893, Daniel Bostick married a woman by the name of Lucinda. Shortly thereafter, they became parents of two children, Fred and Ella. As an adult, Bostick worked for a number of moving companies and truck manufacturers. In 1939, he became owner and operator of his own moving company. During this time, Elder Bostick and his wife were members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.).
As history would have it, Elder Charles Harrison Mason founded and organized the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in 1897. Elder Bostick and his wife first heard holiness preached at a small storefront church at Pendleton and Cottage avenues in St. Louis, Mo. Shortly thereafter, Elder Bostick and his wife left the A.M.E. Church to join the Church of God in Christ where the Lord saved and filled them both with the Holy Ghost. In 1908, Elder Bostick established a storefront church at 11th and Wash (now Cole) streets in downtown St. Louis. Bishop Bostick was one of the first bishops ordained by Bishop Charles Harrison Mason.
With the ever-increasing membership, a few years later Bishop Bostick moved his membership to Twenty-Second and Adam and then to 2804 Laclede Ave. Under his dynamic leadership, the church experienced unprecedented growth and soon became too large for its location. In 1913, Bishop Bostick decided to move the congregation to a new sanctuary at Twenty-Third and Morgan (Delmar), in search of a more spacious residence. By this time, the number of worship services increased to serve a growing congregation.
During this time, the church continued to expand its vibrant outreach ministry to the community. Local mission work included revivals, street preaching and evangelism, door-to-door witnessing, canvassing local neighborhoods and passing out tracts. The Lord continued to use and elevate Bishop Bostick. Under his leadership, many people were healed and many miracles were wrought. In 1915, Bishop Bostick was appointed the first state overseer of the St. Louis and Western Illinois jurisdictions of the Church of God in Christ. Right beside him was his wife Lucinda, who took an active role in all phases or work at the church including various ministries. This marked the beginning of women actively participating in ministry at Bostick Temple (then 23rd and Delmar). Under her leadership, many women’s auxiliaries were established and many souls were brought to Christ through her labor in the vineyard of the Lord. In 1916, Lucinda was appointed the first state supervisor of the women’s department for the Southeast Missouri—Western Illinois Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ.
In 1955, after many years of dedicated labor, Mother Lucinda died, after serving as State Supervisor of the Women’s Department for 39 years. In 1962, Bishop Bostick moved his large congregation from 23rd and Morgan (Delmar) to 1448 Hodiamont Ave. Over the years, many souls were saved, healed and delivered under his anointed preaching and leadership. Effective leaders were made under his leadership.
Other pioneers and leaders who were products of Bishop Bostick’s ministry are the Late Bishop Dennis Flakes– former pastor of Emmanuel Evangelistic Temple C.O.G.I.C. and former Jurisdictional Prelate for the Wisconsin First Jurisdiction, the late Bishop Columbus Williams—Eastern Missouri/Western Illinois; the late Bishop William Turner—Eastern Missouri/Western Illinois Jurisdiction; the late Elder Samuel Fluker—former chaplain of the National General Assembly, Memphis, Tenn.; the late Madame Alice Thomas—composer of the national Sunday School theme song “We’ll Never Say Fail”; and Bishop William C. Bonner—Pastor of Greater Mt. Olive C.O.G.I.C. and Jurisdictional Prelate of the Illinois Sixth Jurisdiction. Other pioneers include Bishop B.R. Benbow-Pastor of 88th Street Temple C.O.G.I.C. and Jurisdictional Prelate of the California Southeast Jurisdiction, Bishop Robert James Ward-Pastor of Kennerly Temple C.O.G.I.C., St. Louis, Mo.—and Eastern Missouri First Jurisdiction Prelate.
Over the 98-year history of Bostick Temple, three pastors have navigated the course of this progressive institution. In 1963 the assistant pastor at the time, Elder Robert Sanders was called to serve as pastor. Elder Sanders served faithfully and humbly for 17 years. At the age of 90 years old, he submitted his resignation. He was hailed as “Pastor Emeritus” until his death.
In 1980, the late Bishop Chandler David Owens was called to serve as pastor of Bostick Temple. Under his [Owens] leadership, the church was filled to its capacity. Oftentimes there was nowhere to sit, for those who arrived to church late. The choir stand was full, the balcony was full and all of the pews were full. Bishop Owens served in that capacity until 1984 when he left for Newark, N.J. to serve as pastor of Wells Cathedral Church of God in Christ. Bishop Ownens severed as pastor and General Board Member until his death, in 2011.