Pastoral Staff

Dallas City Temple’s pastoral staff is highly skilled in combining community
with connections to God, faith and Christ.

Learn more below.


Doctor Jaime Kowlessar

Senior Pastor

Dr. Jaime Kowlessar mixes activism with faith, consistently challenging the church to assist those in need. He regularly partners with local church leaders to improve the Cedar Crest community’s economic, educational and spiritual conditions.

Dr. Kowlessar graduated from Union Theological Seminary in 2017 with a Doctorate in Ministry in Social Justice and Political Activism. The title of his dissertation is “School’s in Session, Reversing the Mis-Education of the Seventh-day Adventist.” He has authored two books “Don’t Leave the Neighbor Out of the Hood”, “Justice or Just Us; Sermons and Reflections on the Pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Happiness. You can obtain more information about him on his website

He also received an undergraduate degree from Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, MA, and his Masters of Divinity from Andrews University in Michigan. Following six years leading a New York City ministry, he arrived at DCT as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor, and was called to his current leadership role in 2016.

Dr. Kowlessar is married to Carlene, and they have two daughters, Katelynn and Amber.


Pastor S. Eliot Brooks III

Youth Pastor

Pastor Brooks' goal is to demonstrate to youth and young adults the exuberance, excitement and fulfillment of following and understanding Christ.

He joined DCT in 2017 after serving as District Senior Pastor with the Caffin Avenue International and New Orleans East churches in New Orleans. He received his degree from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.

Pastor Brooks is married to Takisha, and they have a son, Noel, and a daughter, Nyla.