Pastor Johnny Prioleau was born in Pineville, South Carolina.  As a young boy, he attended Day Dawn Baptist Church in Pineville, SC. At the early age of eleven, he was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost, and baptized at age twelve.  Growing up among his many brothers and sisters, he felt that there was a divine call on his life.

In his high school years, he would frequently travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to work.  After graduating from high school, he married his sweetheart, Constance (Connie) Caldwell.   They are proud parents of four children and they have eight grandchildren.

While attending Holy Bethel Church of God in Christ in Philadelphia, God showed him that there was work to be done in South Carolina.  After returning home, God called him into the ministry while serving as a deacon at the Evening of Prayer COGIC, Charleston, S.C. He was later ordained as a minister of the gospel in September 1978.

He is the pastor and founder of Believers Temple Church of God in Christ which was the result of his organizing The Believers of Christ Community Choir and conducting house to house Bible study sessions.  The first service was held October 28, 1978.

His job related experiences included: Machine Operator and Trainer at Lee Tire & Rubber Co. in Philadelphia, PA, Truck & Tractor Driver for Roscon Construction Co. in Charleston, SC and Supervisor at Reliable/Reliance Electric Co. in St. Stephen, SC.

He attended Moody Bible Institute, JW Wilson Memorial Bible Institute and Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) of Atlanta, GA.


Pastor Prioleau has served the community and church in the following capacities:


-  Treasurer of St. Stephen Ministerial Association

-  Chairman of the Timberland Community Crusade

-  President of the Upper Berkeley Ministerial Association

-  President of the Upper Berkeley Community of Churches

-  Organizer & President of the Believers of Christ Community Choir

Church of God in Christ (COGIC):

-  Eastern District: Chairman of Budget & Finance & Special Assistant to the District

-  SC Jurisdiction: Secretary of Ordination

-  National Church Adjutant

Pastor Prioleau presently serves the community and church in the following capacities:

-  President of the St. Stephen Ministerial Association

-  Manager of the Spiritual Wings Quartet of St. Stephen/Philadelphia & Voices of Praise 
   Recording Choir

-  Eastern District Superintendent (serving 14 churches)

-  SC Jurisdiction: Chairman of the Ordination Board, Chairman of the Devotion Committee & 
   Director of the Media Ministry 

Supt. Prioleau is totally dedicated, loyal and faithful to his calling.  He is a man of prayer, fasting and the Word. He does not believe in compromising with the Word of God.  His heart reaches out to all in which he truly exemplifies the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, meekness, gentleness, temperance and faith.  Pastor Prioleau’s ultimate goal is to lead souls to the Kingdom of God that they may be a blessing to the body of Jesus Christ and the community at large.