The roots of
are similar to the roots of many Black Americans. They began with an African. In 1912, Rev. Jerrymiah
, founded the church when he named followers who gathered on Jackson Avenue
, The World's Tabernacle.
The first church dwelling was in a tent located on the corner of Florida Street
and Campbell Avenue
Reverend Jerrymiah resigned as minister of The World's Tabernacle in 1913. His legacy to the church he founded was a body of dedicated members.
Other Historical Information Is Listed Below In Chronological Order:
1913 - 1914 The Church was without a pastor.
1914 - 1915 Reverend Story served as pastor.
1915 - 1929 Reverend I. C. Sherron of
served as pastor. Under his leadership the church was reorganized and renamed Tabernacle Baptist Church. His tenure ended with his death in 1929.
1929 - 1930 Reverend Johnson served as pastor.
1930 - 1932 Reverend N. J. Jackson of
served as pastor.
1932 - 1935 Reverend L. W. Veal of
served as pastor. This gifted evangelist and noted singer attracted crowds and increased the church's membership.
1935 - 1938 Reverend P. A. Mack served as pastor.
1938 - 1946 Reverend L. W. Veal served as pastor. The interior of the church was remodeled, and the church mortgage was paid.
1946 - 1949 Reverend M. C. Field of Macon,
served as pastor.
1949 - 1963 Reverend S. A. Baker of
served as pastor. He worked to secure a clear deed on the church's property. Before the deed was clear, however, the church was destroyed by fire. The present site, 2137 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue was purchased and the present building was built. In 1962, all the church debts were paid and the mortgage was burned. In 1963, Rev. Baker resigned to accept the pastorate at
1963 - 1964 The Church was without a pastor.
1964 - 1983 Reverend J. Paul Jones of
served as pastor. During Rev. Jones' twenty (20) year administration, the church's outreach expanded greatly. A parsonage was purchased. Tabernacle Apartments, Inc. was also established.
1983 - 1984 The Church was without a pastor.
1984 - 2007 Reverend Melvin M. Solomon of
became the pastor. A number of improvements were made to the facility. Many new ministries were organized. In 2007, Reverend Melvin M. Solomon retired.
August 18, 2008, Christopher R. Battle, Sr. was called as the Pastor of Taberrnacle Baptist Church. We have begun a new era. Our mission statement and goals are centered on being empowered by the Spirit to exalt the Savior, evangelize the Sinner and equip the Saint.