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In 1981, Apostle Dr. James Tilghman was ordained in to the office of Bishop and has been serving in this capacity for over 26 years. Apostle Tilghman has traveled to the international countries of Wiesbaden, West Germany, Paris, France, San Juan, Puerto Rico and parts of Nassau, Bahamas. Bishop Tilghman attended the National Conference on African-Americans and AIDS, which promotes HIV awareness and prevention in the United States.

He has also worked with the youth in Maryland and Delaware to help prevent drug use. Under his guidance, our church organization sponsors quarterly clothing and food drives for the Baltimore City community. He also sponsors yearly National Bone Marrow and Red Blood Donor drives. His efforts have raised the moral of the community. The church has also participated in the Cleaner/Greener Baltimore sponsored by Mayor Sheila Dixon. His education and international evangelizing has paved the way for young men to strive for Holiness and maintain true family values. He currently serves as General Overseer and Head 


Prelate of the Holy Temple Holiness Churches of Deliverance, Inc of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Florida. He along with his wife, Senior Pastor Prophetess Greta Tilghman, presides at the Headquarters church, 2016 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD.


He is a loving husband to his wife and a dedicated father to his daughter Jaqueta Julia Tilghman and nieces Shantise, Malika, Lynia, and Kadasha Williams. God’s last day messenger speaks the powerful words of life to everyone he meets, telling then to stand on the promises of God and “Be Blessed!”

General Overseer


Apostle Dr. James Tilghman is the third child of five children from Shirley M. Tilghman and the late James Tilghman, Sr. of Princes Anne, MD. He began his Christian journey at Mt. Hop A.M.E. Zion church under the leadership of Pastor Weldon Johnson, who is serving as pastor of the New Life Ministries Church of Cambridge, MD. While furthering his college education, in 1977 he met Chief Apostle Julia Williams at a summer revival assisting Bishop Darnell Hutt in Baltimore, MD. He graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a B. S. in Business Administration in 1980. Under the leading of the Holy Ghost, Apostle Tilghman joined the Holy Temple Church, assisting Chief Apostle Julia Williams in establishing another three churches.

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