Greater Praise Temple Ministries

A Church, On the Move, To Meet Our God Dumfries, VA
Greater Praise Temple Ministries

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17838 Main St
Dumfries, VA 22026-2410



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Who We Are

Together we are working to move forward in Christ

Our goal is to provide an atmosphere of loving acceptance, where people can grow spiritually through worship, honest friendships, a caring fellowship, constant prayer and compassionate concern for the world.

So whether you are a spiritual seeker just beginning your walk toward God, or a committed believer continuing your walk with Him, you can find a home with us.

Please join us as we commit our lives in prayer, lift our hearts in worship, and extend our hands to serve in His name. We will continue to spread the good news of the kingdom.

About Us

Casual, Down to Earth, Spirit-filled, Friendly

Community Service, Faith and Work, Food Pantry, Dance, Young Adults

Contemporary, Gospel Choir





Our Services

What if I'm not a Christian?
Greater Praise Temple consists of a range of different people, from all ages and backgrounds. All of whom are eager to make you feel at home. We sincerely hope that you find Greater Praise Temple a welcoming, friendly, and meaningful place to worship! We invite you to contact us to discuss any questions or comments that you may have. Our aim is that whether you are just looking into Christianity for the first time or have been a Christian for many years, that you should be encouraged and inspired by the morning services. You will also discover at that we have a very high priority on engaging worship, transforming outreach, and the development and growth of our children and youth


Bishop William H. Thompson Co-Pastor Etta Thompson

Bishop William H. Thompson, Jr. was born and raised in Arlington, VA. He is happily married to Co-Pastor Etta Thompson and the father of two sons; William Thompson III and Eric Thompson. He accepted Christ at a very young age and became very active as a young man at Scripture Church of Christ, Baileys Crossroads, VA., under the leadership of Elder George L. Marshall. He was then appointed as a junior deacon, he served in this position faithfully, and shortly after he became a youth minister. Some of his ministerial duties were having prayer with the sick, visiting the nursing homes to offer prayer and support as well as visit those who were incarcerated. Bishop Thompson has 35+ years of ministerial experience as a Bible Teacher, Pastor, Evangelist, and Counselor. In 1987, Bishop Thompson traveled to San Francisco, CA to receive training under the Prison Fellowship Ministries, which was founded by Chuck Colson. Then, in 1991 he served on the Board of Directors as a counselor for the Angel Homes Ministries. On September 19, 1990 Bishop Thompson became the Pastor of the Praise Temple Church in Washington, DC in which he served faithfully for 6 years. While pastoring in Washington, DC Bishop Thompson did extensive street evangelism. In 1996 God chose to relocate the ministry to Virginia, and at that time our name changed to Greater Praise Temple Ministries. His favorite scripture is Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth”. Bishop Thompson is endeavoring to seek higher heights, and deeper depths for the work of the ministry.

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