Bullock Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church was officially recognized during the Annual Conference, held in Prescott, Arkansas on November 20, 1901. Rev. O.L. Mitchell was assigned as the first pastor. Rev. Mitchell served six months and was succeeded by Rev. J.M. Reed. Several outstanding ministers succeeded Rev. Reed, each continuing the progressive movement of the church.
The church was destroyed by fire in 1915 and J.A. Booker, president of Baptist College, allowed the members to worship at the college. In 1962, Rev. Nehemiah Mitchum became pastor at Bullock Temple. He remained for twelve years. In 1971, the Bullock family moved from its 17th and Cross location to 1513 South Park Street. Rev. Mitchum was the first African American elected president of the Greater Little Rock Ministerial Alliance. He was the recipient of many other community awards and citations.
In 1982, Bullock welcomed Rev. Albert Davidson, a native son, as its new minister. Under Rev. Davidson’s leadership, an annex was added to the church. A library, dedicated in honor of Mrs. E.B. Tollette, was established. Rev. Davidson was the longest serving pastor in Bullock’s history.
In 2003, Bullock Temple welcomed Rev. Logan Hampton, Jr. Under his leadership, the church developed its vision: We are a Christian Family committed to Worshipping God, Studying the work of God, Working for God, and Witnessing for God. Out of this ministry grew many lay ministries to grow the church. As the church grew in membership, several new ministers were added to the church. In July 2013, Rev. Dr. LaVerne Bell-Tolliver was appointed as Associate Pastor and became an ordained Elder of the CME Church.
In July 2014, Rev. Dr. Thurston Callier III was appointed Senior Pastor and Rev. Dr. LaVerne Bell-Tolliver was reappointed Associate Pastor. In 2016, Dr. LaVerne Bell-Tolliver was assigned to Bullock Temple CME Church as the Senior Pastor. Rev. Ryan Davis was assigned as Associate Minister. In 2018, Bullock Temple welcomed Rev. Dion Broughton as it's new Senior Pastor. Because of Rev. Broughton's dynamic leadership, the church continues to be a place of worship and growth.
From 1901 to 2020, the Bullock Temple family continues to do the work for which it was called. As we stand on the shoulders of our founders and past members, we strive to keep the great commission. We seek to build God’s kingdom through the making of disciples of all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:16-20).
About Our Pastor
SENIOR PASTOR of BULLOCK TEMPLE C.M.E. CHURCH
Dion Broughton is a passionate worshipper, loving pastor, emerging scholar and aspiring author. He has ministered the gospel since the age of 14 and continues to inspire, instruct and ignite faith in the lives of all he engages.
About Dion Broughton
Senior Pastor of Bullock Temple C.M.E. Church
Rev. Broughton is the proud Senior Pastor of Bullock Temple C.M.E. Church of Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a native of Chicago, Illinois however he has grown a love for the beautiful city of Little Rock. Rev. Broughton is an avid learner, tech guru, graphic designer, conference speaker, faith-based leader and entrepreneur.
Rev. Broughton is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Corporate, studying Corporate and Organizational Communication. While in undergraduate school, Rev. Broughton served as a Student Senator representing over 12,800 student constituents in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. He served as a board member of a Student Financial Committee named SORF, managing a budget over 1.2 million dollars in student subsidy funds. Rev. Broughton founded a college campus Christian ministry entitled Praise and Anointed Worship in the Word (PAWW) which reached several minority students on the university campus. Rev. Broughton also holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary focusing on Ethics and Theology.
Rev. Broughton is an ordained Traveling Elder and in Full Connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Broughton serves as the Director of Collegiate Ministries for the CME Church. He is a visionary leader, passionate worshipper, rising scholar and relevant teacher of the Word of God.