Ministerial Team

The Ministers of Greater Beth-el Temple Ministries are here to assist the Pastor as he ministers, uplifts, and help the saints of God during their walk with Christ.

Elder Gregory C. Birch

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12, 14

Elder BirchElder Gregory C. Birch was born on June 23, 1965 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  His parents are Elder Will and Mother Letha Birch who have been saved for 30 and 43 years respectively.  Elder Birch was raised in Rock Island, Illinois with brothers Steven and Timothy and was a 1983 graduate of Rock Island High School.

Elder Birch was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and received the Holy Ghost at the age of twelve.  He served as a church usher and choir member under the late pastoral ship of Pastor Rena Dawkins at Apostolic Truth Temple in Rock Island.  Elder Birch began preaching at the tender age of 18.

On May 23, 1986, Elder Birch began his military career which included two 4 ½ year tours of duty to Germany, the Persian Gulf War in Iraq, and a tour of duty in Korea.  In December 2006 he retired from a successful military career reaching the rank of Sergeant First Class.  His military achievements include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, and Parachutist Badge.

Upon arriving at Greater Beth-el Temple in 2002, Elder Birch was honored to be invited to continue in the ministry  under the tutelage of the late Bishop Dr. Nelson G. Turner.  He speaks highly of Bishop Turner and appreciates being taught the Godhead and how to love God’s people.

Elder Birch looks forward to serving under newly installed Pastor Calvin J. Gould. Sr. as he did Bishop Dr. Nelson G. Turner.