Christ Temple Church of Personal Experience


          Rev. Albert Whitaker III was born and raised in the South End of Boston. The eldest of six children, Rev. Whitaker has always been active in the church. As a young child he was a member of the Methodist Church of All Nations in Boston. As he got older he attended the Emmanuel Gospel Center in the South End. It was there that Rev. Whitaker preached his first sermon at the age of 10.

          In the early 70s, a neighbor of Rev. Whitaker, Georgia Jones invited him to attend worship services at Christ Temple Church of Personal Experience under the pastorate of Rev. Oscar Wesley. By the moving of the Holy Spirit and the genuine love the congregation displayed, Rev. Whitaker gave his life to Christ and became a member of Christ Temple.

          After being accepted to Boston University in 1973, he was a recipient of the W. Frederick Fisher Scholarship. This is a scholarship program administered by Christ Temple, which continues to this day to assist young men and women bound for higher education. Rev. Whitaker joined the Peace Corps in 1979 and served for two years in Paraguay South America. Rev. Whitaker is fluent in Spanish and Guarani, the original language of the people of Paraguay.

          Rev. Whitaker was licensed to preach the gospel in November 2003 under the pastorate of Rev. Carl B. Thompson at St. Mark Congregational Church in Dorchester. He served as Associate Minister from 2003 – 2009. Rev. Whitaker was ordained in March 2010 by Rev. Melvin Massey, former pastor of Christ Temple Church of Personal Experience.

          Currently, Rev. Whitaker is Director of Mission Delivery for the American Diabetes Association New England. This is a great opportunity because a major component of this work allows him to work with churches and faith-based organizations throughout New England in raising awareness about the impact of diabetes, specifically for at-risk populations. He is also host of the cable television show: Live Empowered with Diabetes on BNNTV.

          Rev. Whitaker holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is currently enrolled at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary Center for Urban Ministry. Rev. Whitaker serves on the Board of Directors of Asian Women for Health. He is the former chair of the Rhode Island Chronic Kidney Disease Coalition. He is also an active member of Rhode Island Multicultural Diabetes Coalition and the Diabetes Today Coalition of Lawrence, MA. Additionally, Rev. serves on the Healthy Roxbury Coalition.