"Go where you can grow and Bloom where you're planted"
Liberty Temple Chicago is a Bible-based, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered church founded in 1987. Today, with Apostle Sheraine Lathon at the helm, we meet as one church in many locations with more 20 churches throughout our network in the United States and abroad.
We are a ministry founded on biblical principles. We serve in the spirit of excellence with integrity and compassion for our community, our nation and our world. We have established a reputation for reaching the lost and broken and to minister and serve them with the utmost level of dignity and respect. We are recognized for our dedication to academic and spiritual excellence and mentoring and supporting spiritual leaders. Our environment inspires maximum participation, promotes personal satisfaction, and supports and molds effective leadership.
Influencing generations by the power of our vision and by modeling the way.
Being accountable for our every word and action.
Treating each other with dignity and respect.
Encouraging personal growth by developing and empowering our people.
Improving the organization by improving ourselves.
Capitalizing on our strength of ethnic diversity and teamwork.
Leaving a legacy of hope and promise to future generations.
Be the industry leader in what we do.
Operate our organization professionally and efficiently.
Have competent, responsible people building a strong team.
Support our partners and members to achieve their potential.
Provide the best servant leadership programs.
Increase communication and information.
Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church of Chicago seeks to become a global voice, along a lifelong journey of spiritual and economic hope, encouragement and empowerment to people locally, nationally and around the world.
The late Apostle Clifford E. Turner believed in a lively church -- a church that not only met the spiritual needs of the people but also the natural needs of the local community.
It was with this ideal that he started Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church in 1982 with four members -- himself, his wife, Co-Pastor Denise, their three-year-old daughter, Deleia, and Pastor Turner’s brother, Barry. They would meet together in his mother-in-law's basement and Pastor Clifford would preach to the small congregation as if he were preaching to thousands. Soon, word traveled (mainly through Barry) that there was a minister in town who preached a fiery message of salvation and the need for deliverance, and the small congregation of four quickly expanded to 100.
By 1987 the church had outgrown the basement and moved to the current sanctuary on 79th & Western. Before it could become a sanctuary, Pastors Clifford and Denise would need the help of all of its parishioners to renovate the then 20,000 square foot building, which was used as a Bingo Hall, into a beautiful edifice fit for the service of the Lord. With the help of local businessmen, carpenters, plumbers, and parishioners, Liberty Temple’s new sanctuary was completely renovated in one month!
Everyone in the city could feel the presence of God as Pastors Clifford and Denise led many to Christ, healed the sick, and set the captives free! The Auburn-Gresham community could also feel the start of a new day as Liberty Temple began several outreach programs to assist families in their everyday life. As former high school athletes and parents of young children, Clifford and Denise often spoke of their dream of building the "Family Life Center" -- a place where people from all over could exercise, play sports, fellowship together, and learn new life skills safely within the Auburn-Gresham community.
However, tragedy struck in 1992 when, after a long bout with sarcoidosis, Pastor Denise transitioned to her eternal resting place, leaving behind a distraught husband and seven young children. Pastor Clifford would have to continue his mission without his loving wife, but he would never let Pastor Denise’s dream die of helping the underprivileged and providing a safe haven for the youth. Thus, the Denise M. Turner Foundation was created in her honor. Through the generous donations of its supporters, the Foundation has provided cars to single mothers, and distributed food, coats and clothing during the winter months to the homeless.
Pastor Turner later remarried and he and his wife, Darlyn, formed the Liberty International Network (LIN) in 1999. LIN is a robust network of Liberty Temple Full Gospel Churches, covenant ministries, business entities and other affiliates that have a oneness of heart, mind and spirit and whose ultimate purpose is kingdom advancement.
In 1994, Pastor Turner was ordained an Apostle and felt called to extend Liberty Temple across the world, and in doing so, later he ordained Sheraine Lathon as Pastor of Liberty Temple. This repositioning gave Apostle Turner the freedom to travel the nation and expand Liberty Temple’s network to reach the global community while Pastor Lathon trained and nurtured the local community.
Sheraine Lathon joined Liberty Temple in 1984. She was ordained Elder and Minister of the Gospel in November 1987 and has served as Administrator and Chief Financial Officer at Liberty Temple for over 20 years. In December 1999, after 15 years of Elder Lathon’s dedication to God and the ministry, Apostle Turner ordained her Senior Pastor of Liberty Temple. In 2010, Pastor Lathon was promoted to Senior Apostle and formed a leadership team to assist her in governing the congregation of 1500+ parishioners.