Bishop Glen A. Staples - known around the world for his oratorical gifting and anointed ability to teach the Word of God in such a profound, provocative, and prophetic manner serves as Senior Pastor of The Temple of Praise (formerly known as Anna Johenning Baptist Church). Located in Washington, DC – the Temple of Praise and its more than 14,000 members is known across the world for invoking the call to high praise and worship. Bishop Staples also serves as Presiding Prelate of the Temple of Praise International Fellowship of Churches, Inc., and oversees more than 400 churches worldwide. Covering more than fifty covenant Pastors including Apostles and Bishops in the D.C. Metropolitan area, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Atlanta, and Ohio, as well as two hundred churches in India, three in Nigeria and the Bahamas. Bishop Staples has licensed, ordained and installed more than 125 active in-house Pastors, Elders and Ministers. His love for nurturing Pastors in church development and sustainability, has lovingly earned him the title of the "Pastor's Pastor."
Bishop Staples answered the call to preach in 1981, was licensed on April 14, 1982, and ordained on December 6, 1986. His love for uplifting God's people led him through his journey of ministry beginning from 1982 to 1986 where he served as Associate Minister at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Beckley, West Virginia. He also served as interim Pastor at both Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church and First Missionary Baptist Church located also in Beckley, West Virginia. From 1986 to 1990, he served as the Pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in West Virginia. After nine years in ministry, God called Bishop Staples to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area where he served as an Associate Minister at the Tenth Street Baptist Church under the spiritual guidance of Pastor A.C. Durant. One year later, he was appointed as the third Pastor of the former Anna Johenning Baptist Church. But God, in His infinite wisdom, was not done with Rev. Dr. Staples' journey; on November 6, 2005, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Senior Pastor of the Potter's House International, consecrated Rev. Dr. Staples as Bishop and Presiding Prelate.
Through his liberation theology teachings and with a strong stance on higher education, lives have been transformed, miracles of healing have taken place, hundreds of congregants are currently enrolled in higher learning institutions and many have moved from a life of dependency to self sufficiency. Through a partnership with the University of the District of Columbia, the Temple of Praise members who were DC residents and rendered volunteer hours to local high school after school programs were given free college tuition. In fact, more than 45% of the Temple of Praise members are now homeowners with viable jobs compared to less than 10% seven years ago.
Known for his strong business acumen in the area of economic development and empowerment and a proponent for quality education, healthcare, and affordable housing, Bishop Staples established the Way of the Word Community Development Corporation in an effort to better service the needs of the community.
Through the CDC, Bishop Staples is currently undergoing three major multi-million dollar projects in the Southeast DC community, in an effort to revitalize and bring back pride to this forgotten area east of the Anacostia River.
To address the dire healthcare needs of the community, he is currently working to develop partnerships with local hospitals to build a state-of-the-art medical healthcare facility. In December 2007, Bishop Staples opened the doors of the "New Day" Women's Transitional Home for homeless women and their children. This 18 month program provides women with life and job skills, access to GED certification and college degrees, as well as job placement. This facility is the largest women's transition home of its kind in the District of Columbia. In addition, Bishop Staples is currently blueprinting a real estate development project to build multi-dwelling units for low-to-moderate income and senior citizens in the community.
A native of Beckley, West Virginia, Bishop Staples holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Social Studies and History and Government. He also holds a Masters Degree of Education in Behavioral Disorders, a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling and most recently received a Theological Doctorate from Phoenix University of Theology. Bishop Staples studied in the doctoral program at Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburg, Indiana and later received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Gospel Ministry Outreach Theological Institute, Houston, Texas. In October 2005, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Saint Thomas Christian College, Jacksonville, Florida. Formerly a special education teacher, Bishop Staples has taught in Raleigh County West Virginia and in the Prince George's County Public School system in Maryland. He currently serves as Chancellor Emeritus of Phoenix University of Theology and serves on the Board of Advisors at Nyack University.
Bishop Staples was appointed and selected as the Washington, DC nominee for inclusion in the 2006-07 Honors Edition publication of the Empire "Who's Who among Empowering Executives and Professionals" registry. He was also selected and recognized in the "Outstanding Men of America"; the National Register of "Who's Who in Executives and Professionals", and the "International Who's Who of Professionals". In 2008, the American Biographical Institute Board of International Research nominated Bishop Staples as "Man of the Year", and he was also selected for the "Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century" First Edition by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge.
To add to the accolades of his many accomplishments, on September 1, 2012, Bishop Glen A. Staples released his first book. "Preventing the Miscarriage of Destiny" published by Destiny Image.
In an effort to continue to spread the Gospel to all nations, Bishop Staples has availed his ministry to various media networks. You can tune in live via the Internet on Sundays at 8:00am, 10:00am and 12noon and on Wednesday nights for bible study at 7:30p.m. at www.thetempleofpraise.org.
Bishop Staples is the proud father of three sons; Glen, Walter-Lamar (Pastor), and Rodney; and two daughters, Jamie and Micah. He is a great leader, loving father, phenomenal teacher, and a Holy Ghost filled Pastor…but most importantly, he is truly a SAVED MAN OF GOD!