Revival Temple Holiness Church, Center of Deliverance was founded by the late Bishop Jeff W. Banks in 1965. He began conducting worship services in his home with eight members. Commissioned by God Bishop Banks moved his congregation to the YWCA in Newark, New Jersey for a short time and then to Springfield Avenue in Newark, NJ. Later Revival Temple moved to their permanent home located at 81-85 16th Avenue in Newark, NJ.
During these moves Bishop Banks organized the church Auxiliaries, Boards, Sunday School, Bible Studies, Radio Broadcast, Choirs and the Recording Choir. Along with organizing the church we purchased the property across the street (the parking lot) and next door.
Through Bishop Banks’ dedicated leadership and his vision for Revival Temple the ministry grew and the people had been blessed through his anointing. Along with his love for his people and the ministry, Bishop Banks loved music. Being one of the world famous Banks Brothers that traveled extensively, he also appeared, along with his brother, at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. He later organized the Revival Temple Mass choir (community Choir) that hit the top 10 charts. The last album recorded during Bishop’s lifetime was “He’s All Over Me”. Many souls came to Christ through these recordings and lives were changed.
Bishop Banks became ill in his later years and was called home to be with the Lord in January of 1997.
God did not allow Revival Temple to go on without a leader for long. In 1998, God sent Revival Temple a new pastor. Bishop Gregory Alan Woods was installed on August 9, 1998. Bishop Woods came to Newark from Atlanta, Georgia on assignment direct from God with a vision for God’s people. Anointed to lead, teach and preach – Pastor Woods brings the word of God to his people in a form that allows it to penetrate the heart, soul and mind. Because the word works! Revival Temple has grown spiritually and in number. God has added souls, strengthened those that remained and continues to build and strengthen in all areas. Revival Temple Center of Deliverance church has gone under extensive renovation with more still to come. We have come this far by faith and onward in the “Pursuit of God". God is doing great things and greater things He’s going to do.