Elder Young is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where he earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, the Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and the Doctor of Theology degree from International Seminary. It was during his graduate school years that he began attending Christ Temple Church of God in Christ, 790 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT.
For approximately 30 years Elder Young served in ministry at Christ Temple Church of God in Christ under the tutelage of Dr. J. C. Haynes. In the year of 2003, Pastor Haynes retired and moved out of state due to health reasons. In the year of 2004, God showed Elder Young that his ministry at Christ Temple had been completed. He searched his soul diligently and wanted to run away from God’s call to pastoral ministry, like the Prophet Jonah in the Bible. “I went to hell, like Jonah, and I begged God to give me another chance – I’ll move on from Christ Temple and start a work in your Name.” The Lord told Elder Young to call the new church, “Holy Temple”, as holiness is His standard for all people.
Since the founding of Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, (September 17, 2004), Pastor Young continues to preach biblical holiness doctrine. He is an expository Bible Preacher who usually teaches series of lessons during Sunday and mid-week services. He has been teaching in the Book of Ephesians - a church building book, since the year 2006. He has also taught the following Bible lesson series throughout Holy Temple's years of ministry: