Pastoral Staff

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

Learn more below.


Dr. 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 Tyrone Douglas

Associate Pastor

Pastor Tyrone Douglas was born on the beautiful island of Barbados in the West Indies. It was there that his young, impressionable mind was introduced to the everlasting gospel as presented in the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14.

Pastor Douglas is a product of Christian education. He is a graduate of Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Academy in Chicago, Illinois , and Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and a minor in Communications. As a student at Oakwood University he had the distinction of being the recipient of the Mosely-Warren Homiletics and Preaching Award. He also took a year to serve as a student missionary in the Marshall Islands, where he taught high school Bible and Physical Education at Ebeye Seventh-day Adventist academy. After serving five years as a Bi-vocational Pastor for the Southwest Region Conference he continued his educational pursuits, attending Andrews University Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, MI, where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree.

Pastor Douglas has had the privilege to minister in a number of capacities. He has preached and conducted seminars and week of prayers across the United States, in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Philippines. He has over twenty-five years of pastoral experience in the gospel ministry, and most recently served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Southwest Region Conference and the Treasurer for the Black Adventist Youth Directors Association (BAYDA).

Pastor Douglas is presently the Associate Pastor at the City Temple SDA Church in Dallas, TX and director of Children’s Ministry for the Southwest Region Conference. He is married to the lovely Venus Decano-Douglas of the Philippines and is the proud father of Arielle Jolie Douglas, an Andrews University 2020 graduate. He believes that victory is realized through prayer and time spent in communion with God through His Holy Word. His favorite text is Psalms 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.