Pastor Ricky Temple is one of America's most innovative and influential leaders. His straightforward and captivating messages have endeared him to many internationally. He has been a committed husband to Diane Temple for 40 years and the proud father of two children, Ricky Temple Jr., and Christina Temple.
For almost four decades, 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. In June 2011 to December 2013, he served as the Lead Pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, while serving at Overcoming by Faith Ministries in Savannah. Since 2007 he has led his church to develop an digital/physical platform that has proven to be invaluable.
For his committed service in ministry excellence, Pastor Temple was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from the International Church of Foursquare Gospel in 1997. He has an undergraduate degree in Theology and a master's degree in Strategic Leadership from Life Pacific University in San Demas, California. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate for a Doctor of Divinity Degree at Kings Seminary in Dallas, Texas, specializing in why Pastors and leaders Burnout.
Pastor Rick is an aspiring author of several books to include Surviving Marriage, Surviving the Single Journey, and Learning to be Happy. Also, 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 about complex issues. Beyond Pastoring, his ultimate life's work is to become what he calls a "Lastologist." The latter years of his life will be committed to producing tools to help leaders, marriages, and families, develop healthy perspectives and life habits that will help them last. With his "down-home" approach, Pastor Temple delivers refreshing insights that uniquely challenge, strengthens, and encourages those who hear him.