Pastor Ricky Temple is one of America's most innovative and influential leaders. His straight forward and captivating messages have endeared him to many internationally. He has been a committed husband to Diane Temple for 38 years and the proud father of two children Ricky Temple Jr. and Christina Temple.


For over 30 years, he has touched lives around the world through radio and television. His unique communication style gives him the ability to take complex subjects and make them easy to understand. His deep commitment to developing leaders, churches, and families has made him a highly sought-after speaker and consultant.


Pastor Ricky Temple serves as Senior Pastor of Overcoming by Faith Ministries in Savannah, Georgia; a vibrant and community engaged church where he has faithfully served since 1981. Also, in June 2011 to December 2013 he served as the Lead Pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, while continuing to serve at Overcoming by Faith Ministries in Savannah.

For his committed service in ministry excellence, Pastor Temple was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from The International Church of Foursquare Gospel in 1997.  He has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership and an Undergraduate Degree in Theology from Life Pacific College in Van Nuys, California.


Pastor Rick is an accomplished author of several books to include Surviving Marriage, Surviving the Single Journey, and Learning to be Happy. In addition, he has co-authored with Debra Smith Pegues, Why Smart People Make Dumb Choices.

Pastor Temple has a strong passion for God, humor, and producing practical insights. Beyond Pastoring, his ultimate life’s work is his commitment to help grow leaders in The Art of Lasting in Ministry. With his "down home" approach, Pastor Temple delivers refreshing insights that uniquely challenges, strengthens, and encourages those who hear him.