History of Tabernacle Baptist Church
519 W. 19th Avenue Gastonia, NC 28052
The Tabernacle Baptist Church came into existence in 1926. The congregation first met in Queen’s Hall on Bradley Street for approximately one year. After much prayer and hard work, the congregation purchased a building and property at 1109 North York Street. On the third Sunday in July 1926, approximately one hundred members marched from Queen’s Hall to their new church on North York Street location. Tabernacle Has always has great pastoral leadership. The great pastors who lead the church were Pastor Ezekiel W. Burke– 1926-1940, Pastor Paul B. Barnette – 1942-1968 (longest tenure of 24 years), Pastor Jason T. Scott– 1969-1978, and Pastor Vernon M. Worthy– 1979-1989.
Under the leadership of the Rev. Jason T. Scott the church experienced tremendous growth and the facility became too small. The pastor, administrators, and membership began praying for a new church. Architectural plans were drawn for a new building, but the LORD had already designated the next church, which would bear the name of Tabernacle. The church was the Victory Baptist Church located at 519 West 19th Avenue under the leadership of Pastor James Revis. Tabernacle purchased the Victory Baptist Church building and property for $260,000.00. After a recent announcement, the church would become the Tabernacle Baptist Church on June 1, 1978. Pastor James Revis served and conducted the final service at the 19th Avenue location on Sunday, May 29, 1978. Later in June, Pastor Scott and the members of Tabernacle moved in a motorcade from North York Street to its present location.
Rev. Scott later resigned after nearly eleven years of service and the Rev. Vernon Worthy was elected as pastor. He served the church faithfully for over 9 years and implemented numerous ministries. The Rev. T. S. Walker a retired pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church was asked to serve as interim pastor. He served for about seventeen months while the church prayed for God to send a new pastor. On the 4th Sunday in January 1991, the church elected Rev. Dr. Benjamin Hinton to serve as the new pastor. Under his administrative leadership God has tremendously blessed the church in all aspects.
Through God’s guidance, we have been blessed to achieve many visionary accomplishments. Together we have liquidated our first mortgage of over $260,000.00 in 1993, renovated the church in 1994 ($150,000.00) liquidated in 1994, built a Family Life Center with an estimated cost of over $500,000.00 in 1995. This was paid down to just over $280,000.00 in 1998. In order to renovate the sanctuary, make several house/property purchases, and to extend our parking we extended the loan back to $500,000.00. Through the concerted commitment of the congregation the total indebtedness was liquidated in 2000. God has blessed us to add several full-time ministry staff and several part time staff. We have made several other ministry related purchases including surrounding properties. Our vision is to build a 1100 seat sanctuary and expansion.
Through divine guidance and direction, we have implemented numerous new ministries to our church, which have attributed to our continued growth including an 8:00 a.m. Morning Glory Worship Service and a weekly Victory & Praise Television Broadcast which reaches over fifteen counties in North and South Carolina. Our ministries also extend globally as we have built a Tabernacle Baptist Missions Church and school in Kenya East Africa under the direction of Evangelist Shirley Greenlee. Our website is also an added outreach extension.
Our membership has grown to over two thousand with an active enrollment of over one thousand three hundred members. We give all glory to God for the great and awesome things He continually does for us. We are a Christ-Centered, Bible-Based, Holy Spirit-Led Church committed to excellence for God’s Kingdom Agenda.
We stand today in great anticipation, expectation, and excitement of God’s supernatural provision as we move from Vision 2 Victory. Hab. 2:1-3.
“Expanding God’s Kingdom by Impacting the Region and the World through the Gospel of Jesus Christ”
Matthew 28:1-20; Acts 1:8
“Building A Phenomenal Ministry God’s Way” Acts 1:8; 2:41-47