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A closer look: one Hillsborough church

By SHANNON BREEN

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 17, 2001


Temple Terrace Community Church

LOCATION: 210 Inverness Ave., Temple Terrace.(813) 988-2383.

SERVICES AND PROGRAMS: 210 Regular worship service begins at 11 a.m. and adult Bible study starts at 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible studies, women's and children's fellowship. The church is an active host and headquarters for Girl Scout troops in north Tampa. Church members donate to a food bank and are currently supporting the Joshua House.

HISTORY: The church building was originally used as a real estate office 50 years ago. The church began in the late 1940s as a Sunday school, and from there a non-denominational congregation was formed. The church has become affiliated with the Interdenominational Council of Community Churches. The council is a merger of white Protestants and black Protestant congregations. In the 1960s, the congregation moved into its present building.

LEADERSHIP: Pastor Ted Fielland came to Temple Terrace Community Church more than three years ago. The Tampa native is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin and later earned his theology degree from Seminary Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He and his wife of 31 years, Marsha Ann have four children: Terrell, 28, Elias, 22, Anders, 20, and Landee, 10. He is active in community affairs as the secretary of Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce, he is a member of the board of directors for Crosswinds Methodist Youth Fellowship at USF and board of directors for Northside Mental Health Center.

RECENT SERMON TOPIC OR THEME: Last Saturday, they had the valentine program in which all couples that tied the knot at the church were invited to renew their vows.

MEMBERSHIP: About 100. NOTABLE: The denomination was formed on the forefront of the civil rights movement.

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