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Our Leadership

Pastor Astead N. Herndon and his wife, First Lady Myrna R. Herndon are a dynamic Pricilla/Aquilla team. A teacher, preacher, revivalist; Pastor Herndon’s zeal for deliverance is exemplified as the gifts of God work through him mightily. Missionary Herndon is an anointed speaker who has a love for the Word of God and discipling women and youth. Together they’re uplifting vessels utilizing the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives.

Service Times

Contact Us:

Sunday Morning Worship

11am /In-person & Virtual

Hallelujah Temple FB Page or “Worship with Us” Tab

Wednesday Bible Study

7:30pm/In-Person & Virtual

Herndon Bible Ministry YouTube/Hallelujah Temple FB 

Saturday Morning Prayer

8am/Conference Call

(605) 475-6333   7742023#

I John 5:14

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us

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Bible Verse of the Day
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

First Lady Myrna R. Herndon

Mother Myrna R. Herndon has been the First Lady of Hallelujah Temple, the church her husband Dr. Astead N. Herndon pioneered, for 25 years. A licensed Missionary/Evangelist in the Church of God in Christ, she has a love for the Word of God and a passion for disciplining youth and women.  In January 2014, she was elevated to Assistant Jurisdictional Supervisor of Illinois First Church of God in Christ working under the leadership of Jurisdictional Supervisor Mother Shirley Hughes and Prelate, Bishop Ocie Booker.   

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in a godly home, she migrated to the Chicago area to attend college.  There she met her husband and rededicated her life to Christ in her senior year.  Driven by a hunger for the Word of God and a desire to please the Lord, she was filled with the Holy Ghost while attending a small Pentecostal church on Chicago’s Westside.  She and her husband would later join St. Luke Church of God in Christ in Chicago where she taught purity class, worked with the minister’s wives and utilized her professional training in production and media to promote the Pastor’s vision.     

In 1979, her husband established a bible study for professionals working in Chicago’s Loop.  This 20-year multicultural ministry was her leadership training ground.  She participated in food drives, led outreach to nursing homes, taught bible studies, organized conferences, was a speaker and minister of the Gospel.   

In 1995, her husband was called to the Pastoral ministry and founded Hallelujah Temple in Park Forest, Illinois.  At Hallelujah Temple, First Lady Herndon diligently works alongside Pastor Herndon developing new converts, ministries and departments. She is the Media/Creative Arts Ministry Director supervising the broadcast, print and drama ministries of the church.  It was her work with youth and drama that won her acceptance into the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative.  A nationally recognized program that trains church leaders in community and youth development, she graduated from the DULI in 2008 and created a summer theatrical program for children ages 10 – 16.  Never straying too far from her passions, she is a prayer warrior, Sunday school teacher, advisor to the WIN (Women’s Intercessory Network) Group of Hallelujah Temple overseeing the development of women. First Lady Herndon has been privileged to mentor many young girls, some of whom are now exceptional women of God.   

A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Radio, Television and Film, she is an Emmy nominated producer/writer having amassed corporate and broadcast credits from such companies as CBS/WBBM-TV, Burson-Marsteller, Amethyst Entertainment and has been the Founder and President of LightWorks Productions, Inc. since 1993.  First Lady Herndon was the producer/writer for the C.H. Mason Historical Foundation video, Legacy of a Leader and two First Jurisdiction videos; one on its Founder, Bishop Louis Henry Ford and the other highlighting the accomplishments of our Prelate, Bishop Ocie Booker. 

In January 2014, she was asked by Supervisor, Mother Shirley Hughes to serve as the Assistant Jurisdictional Supervisor.  Truly humbled, Mother Herndon works to assist Mother Hughes and the Department of Women, further the vision of our Prelate, and in all things bring honor to God.   Mother Herndon has been married to Executive Administrative Assistant Dr. Astead N. Herndon for over 43 years.  They are the parents of three adult children.  She is the author of Truth for Trendsetters, affirmations of faith for those responding to a higher call.   


Dr. Astead N. Herndon is the founding Pastor of Hallelujah Temple, a dynamic faith community which empowers believers through profound biblical teaching and personal leadership development. Hallelujah Temple specializes in the Creative Arts Ministry, Christian Education and global outreach.  

A graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, he matriculated to McCormick Theological Seminary where he received a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies and a Doctorate in Ministry.   

Rev. Dr. Herndon is a former Vice President at Bank of Montreal (Harris Trust and Savings Bank) where he served in various capacities for over 19 years. Concurrently with his professional employment, he formed Herndon Bible Ministry (HBM); an interdenominational, interracial noontime weekly Bible Study which lasted for twenty years ministering to tens of thousands of souls in the downtown loop of Chicago.  

Dr. Herndon serves as the First Jurisdiction Illinois Church of God in Christ Pastors and Elders Chairman and has served Bishop Ocie Booker as his Executive Administrative Assistant since 2011. Recently he was appointed the Superintendent of the newly renamed – Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr/J.B. Wheeler Memorial District. He is a contributing author and associate editor of the Church of God in Christ Ordination and Licensure Textbook and is the author of Faith Is Your Greatest Asset.  

For the past two years he has overseen the General Council of Pastors and Elders Annual National Shepherds Conference and Elders Academy under the leadership of Chairman Michael Eaddy.  

No stranger to mass media, Rev. Dr. Herndon has hosted two radio broadcasts, Step into the Word and Step into Your Breakthrough.  Step into the Word aired for five years over WYCA 102.3FM and was a live topic-based magazine style program designed for outreach.  Step into Your Breakthrough featured a portion of Pastor Herndon’s Sunday message and aired over the Spoken Word Radio.  

Dr. Herndon has served as an Adjunct Professor at Wheaton College and Trinity International University. He loves teaching and in 2020 formed the Victors School of Study, providing online Christian Education and training.  

Happily married for over 43 years to Mother Myrna R. Herndon, they are the proud parents of Astar Nichole, Angelica Nichelle and Astead Wesley.