Dr. Ken Hemphill


Temple is excited and blessed to welcome Dr. Ken Hemphill as the Interim Pastor. Dr Hemphill is a respected leader throughout different areas of Southern Baptist life, and he has been blessed while filling the role of pastor. 

Dr. Morris H. Chapman, former President of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, said Dr. Hemphill has the "scholarly mind of a theologian, the passion of an evangelist and the heart of a pastor."  

Dr. Hemphill is the former president of the largest evangelical seminary in the world, Southwestern Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas. He served as director of the Southern Baptist Center for Church Growth in Atlanta, a joint venture of the Home Mission Board and the Sunday School Board of the SBC. He previously served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Norfolk, Virginia, taking the congregation from a membership of less than 1,000 in 1981 to almost 7,000 in 1992.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Wake Forest University, a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament from Cambridge University.

He is the author of many books and evangelistic material: Splash; Core Convictions; Kingdom Promise Series; Prayer of Jesus; Names of God; got life?; Revitalizing the Sunday Morning Dinosaur; EKG:The Heartbeat of God; Eternal Impact; You Are Gifted, and Live it Up.

Dr. Hemphill currently teaches in the Master of Christian Ministry degree program at NGUís T. Walter Brashier Graduate School and also has taken on a role in the new Doctor of Ministry degree program beginning this fall.  North Greenville University just recently dedicated the Craft-Hemphill Center for Evangelism, Missions & Christian Worldview.

Dr. Hemphill is married to Paula, and they have three great kids and 7 grandkids.