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Reverend James E. Markham was born in Los Angeles, California to Thallious and to the Cella Stine Markham. Rev. Markham was educated in the Los Angeles Public School System.  He received his bachelor of arts and teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.  He taught for seven years in the Los Angeles Unified School District and ten years in the Rialto Unified School District in Rialto, CA. 

Realizing his calling to the ministry, he studied at Loyola University School of Religion,  Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, and in 1979, he received his Master of Divinity from Melodyland School of Theology in Anaheim, CA. He is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Pentecostal Bible College in Tuskegee, Alabama. 

For the last 38 years he and Emmanuel Temple Church family, have been successfully emphasizing church and spiritual growth through the power of prayer.  He and the membership are known throughout the High Desert for their evangelistic outreach ministry through preaching, charities, benevolence, feeding and compassionately praying for the bereaved and the sick and shut in. Pastor Markham has a simple four-point ministry: 1) Soul Winning, 2) Prayer, 3) Preaching the Word of God, and 4) Tithing.   Rev Markham has successfully authored three books: King Tut and Flying Carpet, Chosen in Him and Why Pray? 

He is thankful to be the pastor of a very warm and loving church, the Emmanuel Temple church family, where everyone is invited! 

God is good all the time and all the time God is good! 

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17288 Stoddard Wells Rd, Victorville, CA 92394
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