Originally established in 1887 as a Welsh speaking church plant from Tabernacle in the town of Pontypridd, Temple Baptist Church quickly converted to the use of English in order to serve the large influx of English speaking workers who looked for work in the mines.
Through the boom years, wars and times of depression the Church sought to reach out to the immediate community showing the practical love of Christ and remained true to the Gospel.
As with many other Chapels the Church fell into decline throughout the late 60's and 70's. But by God's grace and through the determined efforts of a few committed believers a significant change began towards the end of the late 70's. Under the leadership of Stan Vart and then for nearly 15 years Dr Peter Elwood, the church grew in many different ways.
In 1995, Wayne Adams became Assistant Pastor under Peter. Peter retired in 2000 and Wayne took on the Pastorate full-time, serving in this role until 2005. During this time the church experienced continued growth. This placed considerable pressure on the existing building and due to the ongoing lack of space, the church decided to move its Sunday morning activities from the Graig building to the Muni Arts Centre on Gelliwastad Road.
Following a review of the Muni’s usage in 2003, the local council decided it could no longer guarantee Temple a regular Sunday morning booking at the Muni. As a result, the church once again had to look for suitable accommodation in Pontypridd, moving to Coedylan lower school in February, 2003.
In early 2004, the St David’s building became available following the amalgamation of its exiting owners, St Davids Presbyterian Church, with St David’s United Church. Temple initially rented the building, before finally purchasing it in December 2005.
Today we continue to build bridges into our immediate community and across the town as we seek to build the Kingdom of God. We have a special relationship with the University of South Wales and appreciate the input given by both students and staff. Temple has been the beneficiary of a considerable investment by American brothers and sisters and have also in times passed, enjoyed strong friendships with Koreans and many international students. Some of the church's character has been moulded by those influences together with a strong emphasis on family & children.
We hope & pray that God will continue to bring blessing to the town and further afield through the ministry of Temple Baptist Church.