OUR CHURCH HISTORY
The Full Gospel Tabernacle congregation grew out of a hunger and thirst for more of the things of God. There was a cry throughout the city of Hinesville and the surrounding communities for a greater outpour of God's anointing upon the worship experience and Full Gospel Tabernacle answered that call. FGT is an innovative ministry focused on growing the community by loving God’s people. As the "Family Church," we strive to provide a wholesome environment that encourages the whole family to seek and build a relevant and strong relationship with God.
On Wednesday, March 15, 1995, FGT held its first Bible Study at the Shoney’s Inn Banquet Hall (now Panera Bread), followed by our first Sunday Morning Worship Service held on Sunday, March 19, 1995. There were approximately 140 people attending our first service. Out of the 140 in attendance, 125 people joined the Full Gospel ministry on that day. From the years of 1995 to 1999, our ministry changed locations a total of 19 times before we found a permanent location.
Even with our many location changes, the Full Gospel Tabernacle ministry remained faithful to the assignment that God had given us. On May 11, 1996, less than two years old, we celebrated the burning of the Mortgage for our land. This was a great and tremendous milestone in our ministry.
Also on September 14 of that same year, our founder was elevated, consecrated, and appointed to the Office of Bishop in the Church of God in Christ, Inc., by the former Presiding Bishop Chandler David Owens. April 19, 1997 marked the Groundbreaking Ceremony and Service with the Reverend Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the guest speaker. Later that evening the Inaugural Dinner took place in Savannah, Georgia, at the Hyatt Regency to celebrate the Episcopal appointment of (Elder) Bishop Larry L. Shaw. The guest speaker was again, the former Presiding Bishop Chandler D. Owens.
During the evening hours of April 27, 1999, three months prior to the scheduled grand opening of our Sanctuary, tragedy struck when our building was broken into by vandals and set afire. This resulted in total destruction of the inside and major damage to the exterior of the building. Down but not out, disappointed but not daunted, Full Gospel Tabernacle continued its mission to establish a house of worship in the Hinesville area. In May 1999, to show moral and financial support, a Community Rally was organized and held at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
From 2001-2002, our church experienced three great milestones in our storied history. During the State Worker’s Meeting in March 2001, Full Gospel Tabernacle, along with the Greater Savannah District joined the Southern Georgia Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. where Bishop C. J. Hicks was the Prelate. A year later, on March 14, 2002, our founder was elected to the office of Jurisdictional Prelate of the Southern Georgia Jurisdiction, Church of God in Christ. He was later installed in April 2002 by the Chief Apostle & Presiding Bishop, Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson. Bishop Patterson also dedicated our newly reconstructed Sanctuary on that same day.
From our humble beginning, the Full Gospel Tabernacle congregation has grown into one of the largest Pentecostal services located throughout the Ft. Stewart/Hinesville area. Our ministry has been applauded for its uniqueness and diversity by maintaining its common touch with new soldiers and families, as well as senior citizens. We are a Family Church, and our ministry is driven by the purpose of providing love, training, and teaching for the entire family.
As we observe the history of our ministry, we recognize that God has been faithful to us and His hands have been upon our ministry. As we look forward to the future, we believe that we have many blessed days ahead and our best days are yet to come as we continue to impact our community for the Kingdom.
Every Sunday at 8:30 AM
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM
Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM