Local officials and members of the community gathered at 235 Patrick Drive on May 12, 2019 to celebrate the groundbreaking of what will be the site of the new Bethel Tabernacle Holiness worship facility.
The Bethel Tabernacle Church did not start out as a church, it was a bible study that was started by the late Pastor L.D. Jones. The bible study was held in the home of now Elder James Darnell and Angelia Patrick. The bible study became such a success that they decided to give up their home and turn it into an official church in 1992. The church was originally named the Lord’s Tabernacle #5, but Pastor Jones was impressed by God to change the name to Bethel Tabernacle Holiness Church in 1994. During this time, with only a few faithful members, they purchased the home and acreage that the church currently resides on. Pastor Jones had a vision to build a new worship facility, so the members of the church purchased 11.9 acres of land to build on in order to fulfill the vision of Pastor Jones. In 2008, the health of Pastor Jones began to decline. Michael Nowley, family and friend of Pastor Jones, would visit Pastor Jones during this time and assist him with church duties. At the time, Michael and his family were members of the Lord’s Tabernacle’s headquarter church in Memphis, TN. After seeking God and wise counsel, Michael was led to join Bethel Tabernacle to assist Pastor Jones in any way possible. Michael had no idea that within the next few months, Pastor Jones would pass away. In 2010, the dedicated members agreed to select Michael A. Nowley to be their pastor.
With much prayer and efforts from the members, as well as the City of Piperton, the vision of the late Pastor L.D. Jones is coming to fruition. Pastor Nowley, his wife Christy, and the congregation are elated to be able to witness and experience this process. As a side note, Mother Betty J. Hayes was the first member and Missionary Sherry D. Patrick along with Elder James D. Patrick were the second and third members. Throughout all transitions, they have remained strong supporters of the ministry, and are now able to witness the building of a new worship facility.