From Our Pastor


Tabernacle Baptist Church has worshipped and served in this urban neighborhood for over 126 years.  God has blessed us immeasurably through each chapter of our existence and the revival we are currently experiencing is nothing short of miraculous.  This web page features an assortment of people that all call this place home in some capacity. We, as you may have noticed, are a diverse lot. Almost half of us have walked with the church through decades of ministry in the Fan. Just as many of us have only been active in the life of the church for two years or less. We are thriving and God is moving.

Last summer alone, our little church sent out individuals and mission teams to New York, Malaysia, Poland, Jamaica, the Allegheny Mountains, Zimbabwe, Charlotte, and “East Asia”. Here at home, we spent the summer mentoring youth/children, provided thousands of pounds of food to our neighbors, and welcomed several newly resettled refugee families from Burma. The vast majority of our summer mission participants have returned home. However, there are multiple family members that will not be present in the worship this Sunday because they are serving year-round in HungaryCharlotteHell’s Kitchen (NY), and in ministerial positions in churches and non-profits all over the United States.The common thread that binds us together is one of calling.  We are conscious in our efforts to embrace those that come into the doors of the church and every bit as conscious as we see God sending them out the same doors to share Christ’s love in the world.

Denominational and local ecumenical leaders have described us as a re-emerging downtown church brimming with creative energy and a heart for those in need. We tend to view ourselves as “the little church that could.”  We hope you join us for worship on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. and we are confident that you will meet God here in a most unexpected way. Thank you for visiting the website.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Sterling W. Severns



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