Meet Our Pastor
In December of 1988, Dr. Mike Holloway moved he and his family from Florida to become the fourth pastor of the Temple Baptist Church in Kokomo. He was raised in southern Indiana, served in the U.S. Army in the Army Security Agency, and then attended Indiana State University where he chose to pursue a career in aviation, graduating with a degree in Aerospace Technology in 1976. He entered the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School and flight program, eventually being assigned to an A-7 Corsair squadron and the USS Forrestal where he accumulated over 300 carrier landings. During this time, he and his wife were attending a United Methodist Church while both were lost. His adult Sunday School teacher began loaning Baptist preaching tapes where he began to hear about prophecy and being born again. While serving as the Officer of the Day on a Naval base in Jacksonville, Florida he got saved while reading the book of Revelation. Once saved, Dr. Holloway began to see the liberalism in the Methodist denomination and informed their pastor that he and his wife were leaving the church. Unsure where they would go, Dr. Holloway was at home the following Saturday, heard a knock on the door, and met two teenagers from a local Baptist church who asked about his salvation, invited him to church, and gave him a tract. He and his wife attended the church the next day, joined three weeks later, and within the next year, was called to preach and asked to join the church staff by his pastor. Dr. Holloway served on staff for the next 5 ½ years until he was called to pastor the Temple Baptist Church in Kokomo. He has now served as pastor since 1988 and has reached a high attendance of 1,500 and has started the Antioch Baptist Missions board for independent Baptist missionaries. In 1993, Dr. Holloway began the Baptist College of America which is a correspondent Bible college whose motto is ‘Training Servants for the Master.’ BCA offers programs ranging from a one year diploma through a Ph.D. With more than 800 students from around the world, BCA has exponentially increased the impact of the ministry of the Temple Baptist Church.
Meet Our Co-Pastor
In April of 2018, Dr. Jimmie Willoughby was voted in as co-pastor of Temple Baptist Church. He was reared in a godly home near Cincinnati, Ohio. He and his family attended an independent Baptist church, where as a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior. After high school, he went to college for one year, then enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served from 1993-1997. He was trained as an aircraft mechanic and stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB, in Goldsboro, N.C., where he worked on the F-15E, and KC-10. During this time, he joined and was very involved in a local independent Baptist church. At this church, he served in a variety of ministries and positions including Sunday School superintendent. It was in this church that he felt God’s calling to the ministry. After finishing his enlistment, he went to Bible college for his bachelors degree. While in Bible college, he worked extensively in the bus ministry and outreach programs of his church. It was there that he met his future wife, Lisa. They married in 2000, and God has blessed them with two wonderful children. In 2001, they moved to Kokomo to work on staff at the Temple Baptist Church. He served as an Assistant Pastor, and she served as a teacher in the Christian school. Over the next few years, he continued his studies at Baptist College of America, where he earned his Master and Doctorate degrees in Church Ministries. He served as Assistant Pastor from 2001-2005. In January, 2005, he was asked by Dr. Holloway to serve as Associate Pastor. Over the seventeen years as Assistant and Associate Pastor, Dr. Willoughby has overseen a variety of ministries including the youth, bus, outreach, and Sunday school, as well as Little Lambs Child Care, Temple Christian School, and Baptist College of America. Dr. Willoughby’s life’s verse is 1 Corinthians 10:31 - “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” It is truly his desire to see many souls impacted for Christ in the Kokomo area and around the world through the ministries of the Temple Baptist Church.