Our

history

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 Pastor.  Because of Rev. Broughton's dynamic leadership, the church continues to be a place of worship and growth.

 

From 1901 to now, 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).

Our Leadership

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Reverend Dion Broughton

Pastor of Bullock Temple CME Church

is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Rev. Broughton is a product of the Chicago Public School System earning numerous honors and awards for academic excellence, leadership, and extracurricular involvement throughout his upbringing. Rev. Broughton is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Corporate and Organizational Communication. Rev. Broughton has always involved himself in leadership and service opportunities since grammar school. He is a member of the National Beta Club and National Honors Society, serving in both grammar school and high school. Rev. Broughton also played several sports while in school. In high school, Rev. Broughton played football, baseball and ran track. He graduated in the top 10 of his high school graduating class in 2009. 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. While at the University of Illinois, Rev. Broughton founded a campus Christian Ministry entitled Praise and Anointed Worship in the Word (PAWW) which reached several minority students on the university campus. Rev. Broughton graduated in 2013. Recently, Rev. Broughton completed his graduate studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary earning his Master's of Divinity Degree focusing on Ethics and Theology. Rev. Broughton values the art of learning and continues to take online courses and read articles that surround topics on leadership, theology, biblical studies and finance. In 2013, Rev. Broughton was ordained Traveling Deacon in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church by Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, Sr. and was appointed his first charge, Bray Temple C.M.E. Church in Chicago, Illinois. In 2015, Rev. Broughton was ordained a Traveling Elder by Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr. In 2017, Rev. Broughton was admitted into Full Connection as a full itinerant minister in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church by Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr. In 2018, Rev. Broughton was transferred from the Southeast Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin Region Annual Conference to the Arkansas Annual Conference and appointed the pastor of Bullock Temple C.M.E. Church in Little Rock, AR. Rev. Broughton has since then launched a Midweek Bible Study that meets on Thursday evenings offering worship and word to those who need a refill for the week and for those who cannot make worship on Sunday mornings. In the Spring of 2019, Rev. Broughton was named the Director of Collegiate Ministries for the CME Church by Rev. Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield.  

Ultimately, Rev. Broughton loves the Lord, he loves the Church, and mostly loves his family. Pastor Dion is committed to service and the spiritual and educational uplift of the community he serves, in and outside the walls of the church. He is a visionary leader, passionate worshipper, rising scholar and relevant teacher of the Word of God.