On the first Sunday in April 1953, our church was organized as The Friendly
Community Church under the pastorate of our late founders Bishop R.T. Jones Sr.
and Mother R.T. Jones Sr. The ministry was later renamed Christian Tabernacle
Friendly Community Church of God in Christ and experienced massive growth.
Since the days of our small, humble beginnings, and thrilling years of spiritual
fellowship, the Lord has called our founder, Bishop R.T. Jones Sr., home to rest.
Upon his passing in 1990, the church appointed Bishop R.T. Jones Jr. as Senior
Pastor, a position he would faithfully serve for 26 years. Upon the transition of
Mother R.T. Jones Sr. in 2005, Bishop Jones renamed the church Jones Memorial
Community Church of God in Christ.
In 2016, Bishop R.T. Jones Jr., after much prayer appointed Elder J. Christopher
Barmore as Senior Pastor. Since this appointment, the church has experienced
evident spiritual and numeric growth; today is an exciting day in the ministry of
the church. In 2018, Pastor Barmore renamed the church Christian Tabernacle
Church of Philadelphia (COGIC) to commemorate the rich legacy of this ministry.
In December of 2021, under the leadership of Pastor Barmore, the Christian
Tabernacle church was able to acquire a new facility in the heart of North
Philadelphia after 3 years of displacement. Christian Tabernacle presently exists as
a lighthouse to a darkened world. With over 69 years of continued service, our
doors are opened and swinging on hinges of love. We are a Pentecostal, full
gospel, charismatic church, which is based on the word of God. Our mission is to
become the example of Christ’s love towards every person we encounter.
Impacting our community and restoring families through the power of this Gospel.
Church Motto: I BELIEVE GOD! Acts 27:25
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