Greater Tabernacle is a leading ministry for the spiritual and economic empowerment of diverse people locally, nationally, and around the globe.
Our mission is to be a training ground for the education and development of ministry-focused leaders, teaching them biblical and marketplace principles that will enable them to develop other leaders, to make life-changing impact on the world around them, and to achieve maximum results, both at home and abroad.
Historical Excerpts Of Greater Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
“Upon this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
On a Saturday night, March 25, 1967 at 8:00 p.m. in the basement of the home of Rev. J. B. Sims, Jr. (at 8101 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL), a church was organized by the name of Greater Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Donald Sharp serving as moderator. The members elected the Rev. J. B. Sims, Jr. as their Founder and Pastor. Rev. Sims accepted that call to the Pastoral Ministry.
On May 18, 1967, Greater Tabernacle moved to 5916-18 S. Prairie Ave. and proceeded with several annual dates. By the end of 1968, Greater Tabernacle had become a part of the New Era District, The Baptist and National State Convention, The National Sunday School, The Baptist Training Union Congress, Inc of the United States of America and the Southern Baptist Convention.
On December 27, 1970 at 2:00 p.m., another giant step of progress was made. Greater Tabernacle motorcaded from 5916-18 S. Prairie Ave. to its present home (11240 S. Indiana Ave.) with thanksgiving in our hearts. Many ministers, friends and well-wishers shared this joyous occasion.
In 1999, through a vision of our founding pastor and the desire to help people, the church launched a food program that would benefit the Roseland Community. In 2002, Greater Tabernacle added another great project: hot meals for the needy. This program is currently held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from noon until 1:00 p.m.
Throughout four decades, many other ministries and programs were formed to serve the GT families and the surrounding communities.
On December 30, 2003, our beloved founding Pastor of 36 years (Rev. J. B. Sims, Jr.) was called to his final resting place. The following pastors have faithfully served GT in the 9 - year interim:
2004 -2006 Rev. Jacques Slaughter – Minister-In-Charge
2007 -2008 Bishop Walter L. Turner II & Elect Lady Ta’Nia Turner - Pastors
2008 -2009 Rev. Jacques Slaughter – Interim Pastor
2009 -2010 Rev. Artemus Slaughter – Pastor
2010 -2012 Rev. Alfonzo Conner – Minister-In-Charge
However, on September 23, 2012 our current Pastor, Rev. Edward D. Rockett, Jr., accepted God’s call to shepherd this flock. We praise God that He sent us “a man after His own heart.” A shepherd that loves God and loves God’s people; 2013 and 2014 were years of adjustments and preparation.
2015 Greater Tabernacle launched out into new endeavors. It was the year of Abundance and Overflow, focusing on Evangelism, Discipleship, Outreach, Leadership and Youth Development. Our ministry was extended to our 103rd street location in a 3 day tent Revival and Youth Back-to-School Explosion. In addition, the following services were instituted; GF3 (Greater Faith, Greater Family, Greater Fun), 5th Sunday Fire and a Men and Women Conference. Under the anointed preaching and teaching of our Pastor, we are “Moving Forward by Faith”
In remembrance of those that are gone to their eternal rest. Our thoughts span the years we shared, preserving ties that bind. You are never really gone from us, we feel you in so many ways. We cherish the special place in our hearts that will always be reserved for you. We thank you for the gift your living brought to each of us as you cleared a path for us to travel.