We are truly blessed at Dallas City Temple to have such an outstanding team of the shepherds preparing all for the second coming of Christ. Find out more about our beloved pastors below.
Pastor Jaime Kowlessar
Dr. Jaime Kowlessar began his ministry at City Temple as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor in 2013, and was officially called to serve as Senior Pastor in 2016. After completing his undergraduate studies in theology at Atlantic Union College (2003), as well as his Masters of Divinity at Andrews University (2006), Dr. Kowlessar spent the first six years of his ministry in his native New York City, and during this time he was ordained as a minister of the gospel. Then relocating to Dallas, Dr. Kowlessar completed and obtained his Doctorate of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in May 2017. As pastor of City Temple, Dr. Kowlessar has relentlessly pursued community activism and involvement, challenging the church to heed the call of Christ to be relevant and present in the lives of those in need. He has led those efforts by joining with community and local church leaders to implement strategies that improve the economic, educational and spiritual conditions in the Cedar Crest community. In addition to being a family man and a New York Knicks fan, he is a true student of the Word, and his passion for ministry is entwined with his pursuit of social justice as well as his astuteness in modern culture.
Dr. Kowlessar has been married to the love of his life, Carlene, since 2008, and together they have two daughters, Katelynn and Amber.
Pastor Rogers Johnson
A product of humble beginnings, Pastor Rogers Johnson was born in the small town of Navasota, Texas, the fifth of nine children. Throughout his life, Pastor Johnson has proven to be a mighty worker for the Lord. While serving in the U.S. Air Force, he completed a degree in Theology. In the past 25 years, Pastor Johnson has overseen the building of four churches and baptized over 1,200 souls. Pastor Johnson has a strong passion for Prison and Youth Ministries. He has founded churches in three institutions and has baptized over 300 prisoners. His love for youth has motivated him to serve in many capacities, including Pathfinder Director and Assistant Youth Director. Pastor Johnson recently shepherded four churches in Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and Livingston, Texas, while also serving as Pathfinder Coordinator for Southwest Region Conference.
Pastor Johnson is the loving husband of Dorothy Johnson, and father to his two daughters, Reytheda and Dorenda.
Pastor S. Eliot Brooks III
Born in Greenville, SC, Pastor S. Eliot Brooks III began his ministry at City Temple on May 27, 2017. A graduate of Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, he accepted a call to the Southwest Region Conference officially August 1, 2015. Prior to joining City Temple, Pastor Brooks served as the district Senior Pastor of the Caffin Avenue International and New Orleans East churches in New Orleans, LA. Pastor Brooks has a passion for young adults and engaging the church within the community. He aims for his ministry to exemplify three characteristics: to be simple, practical, and relevant. Along with ministry, Pastor Brooks is a songwriter, and can often be found on the basketball court or cheering his Carolina Panthers. Ultimately, he wants people to know that following Jesus does not have to result in a dull, hypocritical, or meaningless lifestyle, but it is an exciting and exuberant life to know who you are in Christ.
Pastor Brooks is married to Takisha Brooks, and they have a son, Noel, and a daughter, Nyla.