Christ Temple Apostolic
About Pastor Anthony E. Walton
Anthony was born July 4, 1957 in Grand Rapids Michigan to John L. and Opal Walton. He is the 2nd of 6 siblings, 3 Sisters and 2 brothers. Anthony graduated West High School in Denmark, TN in 1975 and began attending Tennessee State University in the Fall of the same year as an Art Education Major. Anthony married Deborah Walton on January 1, 1982 and they now have 3 children, Jaimee, Anthony and Alex, 4 grandsons, Taryn, Jaydon, Adonis and Jamison. Convicted of Armed Robbery in 1983 Anthony was incarcerated in 1984 and began serving a 12-year sentence. While in prison Anthony was baptized in the name of Jesus and filled with the Holy Ghost evidence of speaking in other tongues in 1985. Anthony was released from prison in 1987 and began sacking groceries (the only job he could get) at a local grocery store. Eventually the Lord blessed and he became the manager of the same store.
Anthony was called to the Ministry and began a prison ministry at Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church under the pastorate of Bishop Sherman L. Merritt. At Greater Christ Temple Anthony served as a Trustee, Deacon, Brotherhood Vice-President and President and Teacher of the all male class entitled “Becoming a Man of Excellence” for several years. Anthony volunteered to go to Christ Temple Church in Paducah, KY as a Minister in April 1998 and was officially installed as the Pastor in May of 2000.
Anthony wrote a book about his prison experience and transformation entitled “Under the Shadow” which has be featured twice in the Christian Outlook magazine. His personal testimony has also aired several times on the 700 Club. Anthony and his family moved from Nashville to Paducah August 9th 2005 and the Church that started with only his family and a few others has grown considerably in the past 8 years. God has truly blessed and is still blessing in his life.