MARK'S TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH
FOUNDER AND BUILDER - 1898
REV. C. H. HOLLOWAY
This history had its origin with God in the beginning of the year 1898 under the leadership of Rev. C. H. Holloway, who moved into this community from Danburg. He said when he moved that God revealed unto him to start a meeting. He obeyed the Holy Spirit and selected a place to build a church.
At first, he secured a little store room from Mrs. Sophie Mickens which was located on the corner of Butler Street and Lexington Road, now Lexington Avenue. This property was later owned by Bro William Smith and Sis. Sally Smith, members of this church; then it was owned by Mr. John Hill and his wife Gladys. The spot is now owned by Sis. Mozell Gartrell, a member of this church. The front of the building was facing Lexington Road.
There were only a few present at the beginning, but they began having such good
prayer meetings until the crowd was too large to have meetings there. So
they organized themselves into a Christian band of workers in 1899.
original twelve who were in the organization were: Rev. Fuller, Rev. C.
H. Holloway, Deacon E. B. Walker, Deacon Robert Sutton, Deacon S. Q. Owens,
Bro. Squire Adams, Sister Sophie Mickens, Bro. Jake Howard, Sister Hattie
Adams, Deacon West Willis, Sister Willie Willis, and Rev. B. B. Dunn who was
acting secretary. On July 7, 1899, as recorded in the deed to the land, Mark
Cooper Pope gave this land for a church for the sum of $5.00 just to make it
legal. The first part of the deed reads, “ STATE OF GEORGIA:COUNTY OF
WILKES: This indenture made the 7th day of July eighteen hundred and
ninety nine between Mark Cooper Pope of the one part and C. W. Holloway, E. R.
Richardson, E. B. Walker, J. W. Willis, J. C. Howard, S. Owens, Isam Jordan, R.
L. Sutton et al Trustees of Marks Tabernacle and their successors in office of
the other part.”. The 12 links have been broken and gone into a land unknown,
but because of their work, we are here today.
Rev. G. W.
Gross and Rev. J. W. Binns, both white, were there when this church was
named. The name St. Mark was suggested in honor of Mark Cooper Pope who
gave this present spot for a church seat. But Rev. Gross objected to the
Saint being added to that name because the Saint was too holy, and the other
too earthly. He offered this name, Mark’s Tabernacle Baptist
Church, and it was
deacons decided to move, having raised their money, to the Gospelaid Hall to
have their meetings while waiting for the church to be completed. Lumber
was placed on the ground, and the carpenters began building on the church. But
while the church stood there framed, a wind and hail storm came and blew it
into splinters. They did not give up. In a few months, the building
was in shape for services.
time, the Sunday school had its beginning. There were two classes.
Bro. Squire Adams and Bro. West Willis were teachers of the Young People and
Adult Classes, and Sis. Willie Willis was the teacher of the Card Class.
Bro. Squire Adams was the first superintendent of the Sunday school.
There were about fourteen members of the Sunday school to begin with, and the
membership gradually grew larger.
much more we could say about the structure, but we feel like it will mean more
to you for us to say something about the religious growth of the church during
these years than any other in the past. During these years of Christian
struggling and the evidence in our faith in God, we have had prayer meetings,
revivals and great preachers to come here to win souls to Christ. There
are many in the community today, who have mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers,
friends, and relatives, who were converted and baptized right here in this
place. Once upon a time our church had a large membership. This,
however, has decreased because of the moving away from this community and a
falling away from Christ.
proud to say that we have had only 10 pastors and two interim pastors during
these many years. Our first pastor was Rev. C. H. Holloway, who served us
for 28 years. When he started preaching for us, we paid him $5.00.
On having a larger membership added to our church, we raised his salary to
$25.00 per month. Once when he was ill, Rev. E. R. McLendon served in his
place. Rev. Holloway was a young minister, but was faithful in bringing
souls to Christ. He ordained the following ministers: Rev. Henry
Hunter, Rev. Johnny Stokes, and Rev. Jake Barksdale. While he was with
us, here are some of the leading ministers who conducted successful revival
meetings: Rev. N. L. Thomson, Rev. Mills, Rev. Henry Hunter, Rev. Calvin
Lockhart, and Rev. A. R. Raiford.
In 1923, our church was remodeled with a brick exterior. After Rev. Holloway’s
resignation in 1923, we were without a pastor for two years. We then
called our second pastor, Rev. A. R. Combs in 1925. On April 7, 8, 1926,
the church hosted the Third Shiloh Missionary Association Convention with the
keynote speaker Dr. P. James Bryant. In 1927, the county census showed
153 members at Mark’s Tabernacle
We can gladly say that he was a man that stood prominent among his members.
Rev. Combs served us for seven years and resigned in 1932. Then we were
without a pastor for another two years.
Rev. C. H.
Holloway was called a second time in 1934 after being away for nine
years. He served us until his death in 1937. Then the church was
without a pastor for one year.
Rev. D. H. Dixon
was called from Atlanta
to be our pastor in the year of 1939, and we believe that he was a man of God
called to preach His word. He served us for more than a year and then
resigned. Under his pastorship, Bro. Henry Taylor was set aside for a
After a very short period of
time, Rev. W. C. Turman was called to be our pastor on the 15th of November,
1940. He served us faithfully for 22 years and added many, many souls to
the church. Members of the Deacon Board during his pastorship were:
Dea. Henry Taylor, Dea. Johnny Laymon, Dea. Wylie Pope Jr., Dea. L. J. Jones,
Dea. Y. S. Kennedy, Dea. Matthew Chapman-chairman, and Dea. Fred Adams.
Rev. Turman served us until his death on July 28, 1962.
Rev. A. C. Neal was called from Thomson,
He ordained Rev. Young Kennedy and served us until his health caused him to
called Rev. Sim McIver of Atlanta,
1967. This is a photo of Rev. McIver baptizing Peggy Yvonne Miller (Harrison). Rev. McIver served us until September, 1969. It was recorded in the
records that we paid 25 cents for Conference Claim whenever we had a
Davenport was called January 7, 1970. The church has been on an upward
move since the beginning of his pastorship. The membership increased
largely because of his faithfulness to the church. Deacons added under
his leadership were Dea. Reese J. Booker in 1970, Dea. Willie Lewis Smith, Dea.
Huis Randall, and Dea. Albert Shank in 1977. Bro. Earl Cox was set aside
for a deacon in 2001, and Bro. Maceo Mahoney was set aside in 2003. Due to the
illness of Rev. Davenport and at the request of Rev. Davenport, Rev. Robert L.
Crawford became Interim Pastor in 2002. Although Rev. Crawford already pastored
two churches, he faithfully served us until September 2004.
Rev. Lance A.
Pitts served as Interim Pastor in October 2004 and was called as pastor in January,
2005. In our January 1, 2005 conference, it was motioned, seconded, and
carried unanimously to continue paying Rev. Davenport the same salary (Love
Offering) during his retirement.
continued to progress physically, financially, and spiritually under the
leadership of Rev. Pitts with the support of his wife, Sis. Teresa Pitts.
Rev. Pitts’ Installation Service was held on Sunday, January 30, 2005 with the
Fellowship Banquet at the Third Shiloh Missionary Baptist Association building.
On April 2, 2005, Rev. Pitts baptized his first member: Sis. Dionesia
Shank. His second convert, Sis. Felicia Acree joined the church on
Sunday, April 3, 2005. Rev. Pitts also reorganized the church
choir. He ordained Dea. Earl Cox in 2006, and he set aside Bro. Arthur
Crew, Bro. Calvin Wiggs, Bro. Michael Todd, and Bro. Demetrius Porter for
future deacons in the 2006. Souls were saved during Rev. Pitt’s tenure
here at Mark’s Tabernacle
nevertheless, he resigned on April 6, 2008.
Pitts left, God and Deacon Albert Shank, chairman of the Deacon Board, kept the
church family together. We continued with our services as usual with the help
of visiting ministers and our sons of the house, Rev. Demetrice Porter and Rev.
and 2009, during our vacancy of a pastor, we were blessed with ministers who
came to preach for us to keep the Lord’s work going on at Mark’s Tabernacle Baptist Church.
They were as follows: Rev. James Williams of Athens,
GA; Rev. LaRay Tillman of Atlanta,
GA; Rev. Reginald Freeman of Atlanta,
GA; Rev. Norman Williams of Fairburn,
GA - pastor of The Historic Springfield
Baptist Church in Washington, GA;
and Minister Paula Andrews of Atlanta,
GA. Rev. Calvin Lockhart,
pastor of Bethel Baptist
Church and Mt.
Church in Wilkes
County, was the revivalist in 2008;
and Rev. Reginald Wilborn, pastor of Union
in Atlanta, GA was the revivalist in 2009. Our 111th
Church Anniversary speaker was Rev. Larry Hill of Atlanta, GA – a native of Wilkes County;
and Minister Paula Andrews of Atlanta, GA – a native of Wilkes County
was the speaker for our Mothers Day Program.
time, members worked religiously to keep the church physically maintained as well.
In 2009, the outside of the church was painted and wooden vents were replaced
with vinyl vents.
After prayerfully seeking and much deliberation, our church
called Rev. LaRay
on March 7, 2010. Rev. Tillman had served as guest minister in
January and February. Rev. Tillman’s
main focus was “to win souls for the kingdom, to teach, to preach and empower
the body of Christ through the Word.” His motto was “It’s all about Jesus and
not about me.” Leading Lady
Altravise Tillman, his
advocate, organized the Women’s Department.
Wiggs, Bro. Derrick Curry, Sis. Darien
Todd, Sis. Gladys Mays, Sis. Hattie Butler, Sis. Tracey Leigh Wilder, and Sis.
Betty Wylie joined our band of worshipers in 2010, and many other souls
added during Rev. Tillman’s tenure.
In May 2010, we celebrated our 112th Church
Anniversary - Rev. Larry Hill, native of Wilkes
County, was guest speaker. This day
was also designated Deacon Board Chairman Albert Shank's Day for his leadership
role while the church was without a pastor.
On May 15th -
MTBC honored our 2010 graduates: Sis. Jennifer Shank
- Master's degree, Sis. Alicia Finnell -
Doctorate degree, and Dionesia Shank - High
School Diploma. June 27
was the date of Rev. Tillman's Installation Program. Following his
installation, we purchased a small table and two chairs for pastor's study,
made Public Address System modifications, replaced two water coolers for
vestibule and fellowship hall, purchased offering baskets, and purchased a set
of reversible paraments.
In July, Annual Revival speakers were Rev. Dennis
Quinn, Rev. Paul Hull, Rev. R. L. Nunnally,
Rev. Reginald Hunter, and Rev. Willie Strickland.
In September, Bro. Murray Butler
and Sis. Kay Finnell were delegates to the 120th Session of Third Shiloh
Missionary Baptist Association.
On February 20, 2011, the church had its
1st Pastor’s Aide Ministry Anniversary at 3:00 p.m. Rev. R.
L. Nunnally of White Plains, GA
and pastor of Rock Hill Baptist
Church was the speaker.
The pastor’s study was renovated because of
water damage. On June 1, 2012, the church purchased 4
computers for educational purposes with internet connection and a small air
conditioner. On June 9, 2012,
we purchased a 15-passenger van. The members painted the inside of the sanctuary in 2012, also.
projects included helping the Washington-Wilkes Athletics Department. In October, 2012,
the church purchased the property across the street at 224
Lexington Avenue for a minimal amount from Mrs. Jacqueline Willis, the wife of a
native of Wilkes County,
the late Henry Willis, Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Bro. Arthur Crew and Bro. Calvin Wiggs were set aside for deacons, and Dea. Arthur Wingfield and Dea. Murray Butler
were ordained in 2012.
In 2012, we began our “3rd Sunday” morning service at 11:30 on June 17.
for Rev. Larry L. Hill
sanctuary was filled to capacity for the Rev. Larry L. Hill’s Installation
Service on Sunday, January 5, 2014
at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Alicia Finnell
of Appalachian State University presided.
was led by MTBC and guest deacons from sister churches in the Third Shiloh
Missionary Baptist Association.
Following the procession was the pinning of the flowers by Eddie and Kay
Finnell. The welcome was given by Jeraline
Bell. Rev. Jabare
Smith read the scripture, and Apostle Tony Hill of Renewing of the Minds
Ministry gave the invocation.
Rev. Uland Nolley,
son of the House of Word of God Ministries, was the guest speaker. The title of his sermon was “A Purpose Driven
Church.” He emphasized that in order to
have a purpose driven church, we must have a leader, the leader must be called,
and he must have a vision.
The charge to the
pastor and first lady was given by Rev. Ed Anderson,
Sr. Judge, Municipal Court for the City of Washington.
The charge to the church was given by Rev. Dr. Reginald L. Hunter, moderator of
the Third Shiloh Missionary Baptist Association.
prayer was given by Rev. Lance Pitts of Gibson
Grove Baptist Church
in Washington, Georgia
and Mt. Calvary
in Greensboro, Georgia.
Gifts were presented
to Pastor and First Lady Hill by Mark’s Tabernacle’s Deacon Board Chair Albert
Shank and representatives from the Pastor’s Aide Team, Peggy A. Sims and Gladys
Special remarks were
given by Servant Clara Sutton and former Mayor Willie Burns.
Music for the
program was provided by the House of God for All Nations and the MTBC Ensemble. Rev. Hill gave the pastoral response, grace,
MARK'S TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH 2014 ACTIVITIES
2014 at 2:00 p.m. – Installation Service for Rev. Larry L. Hill
as Pastor of Mark’s Tabernacle Baptist Church. Rev. Uland Nolley was the guest speaker. His topic:
“A Purpose Driven Church.”
Study – New Bible Study time became NOON on Wednesdays.
16 - MTBC Senior Choir
Anniversary at 2:00 p.m.The
speaker was Evangelist Belinda Douglas of
Atlanta Missionary Apostolic Ministry in Atlanta,
GA. She has recorded a single and an
album, and has toured throughout the U. S.
22 - The Third Shiloh
Association Banquet was on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Each
church was asked to pay $250 for the tickets and $40 for the food.
23 - Third Shiloh
Association’s 100 Men in Black Program, Sunday 4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Rev. Norman Williams of Historic Springfield
in Washington, GA.
Each church was asked to represent with $500.
12– Historic Mark’s
Tabernacle was on Tour of Homes in Washington.
20 –Youth Day Program- 11:30
– Minister Sheena Hull was the speaker.
- May 4
– Historic Mark’s Tabernacle Baptist
Church 116th Church Anniversary – Rev. Kavius Young of Clifford
Church was the guest speaker
- May 25
– Reese J. Booker Scholarship Program
27-29 – Wilkes Sunday School Union. Rev. Hill was the speaker on the 27.
28-30 - Annual Revival
– 7:30 Nightly – Monday night:
Rev. Norman William of Springfield
in Washington; Tuesday
night: Rev. Jerry F. Stokes of New Destiny Christian Center in
Milledgeville, GA; and Wednesday night: Rev. Dr. Reginald A. Hunter,
pastor of Springhill Baptist Church in Philomath, GA and moderator of the
Third Shiloh Missionary Baptist Association.
3 – Homecoming and Family and Friends Day – speaker: Rev. Joseph Hurley, Pastor of Siloam Missionary
Baptist Church in Union Point, GA
6 – Grand Opening of MTBC
Annex and Baptistery – 12 Noon – Rev. Judge Ed
Anderson was the speaker.
14 – Youth Choir Anniversary
Education Committee for the Third Shiloh Missionary Baptist Association
awarded scholarships to students of the churches in the Third Shiloh
Association who qualified. The rules for qualification were as follows:
(1) - The student must be currently enrolled in a college, university,
tech or trade school. (2) - He or she must submit an Official letter of
enrollment from their school signed by an official of the school. (3) -It must be signed by the pastor of the
church. (4) - Deadline for all applications was December 10,
2014. Scholarships were awarded on January 15, 2015. Completed applications
were returned to one of the Scholarship Committee Members below:
Mrs. Kay Finnell Ms.
301 Gordon Street 1101
Creek Farm Run
GA 30673 Bogart,
20 - Third Shiloh
Installation Worship Service – Saturday,6:00
p.m., Rev. Anthony Q. Corbett, Sr., Lundy
in Macon, GA
was the speaker.
1 through 3The Annual Session of Third Shiloh Missionary Baptist
Association convened at the Rev. G. L. Avery’s Center.
19 - Mark’s Tabernacle’s Women Department
had its program on 3 Sunday at 11:30. Sis. Clara Sutton was the speaker.
- October 31 - Feeding of the Washington-Wilkes High School Football Team
9 - Mark’s Tabernacle Baptist
Church had its Men’s Day Program at 2 p.m.The guest speaker was Luther
“Bernard” Holyfield, the brother of the former heavyweight boxing champion
Evander Holyfield of Atlanta.
Dinner was served.
- Thanksgiving Feeding of the
13 - Christmas Feeding of the Community
28 – Reese J. Booker Scholarship Program
Two Deacons Ordained : Dea. Billy
Gartrell and Dea. Calvin Wiggs
OUR CHURCH FAMILY INCREASED
February 15 Pastor’s Aide Anniversary 11:30
March 2 Leased Kyocera Copier- Balboa
Capital through M&M
March 15 Senior Choir Anniversary 11:30
March 29 Pastor Hill speaker at Wilkes Sunday
March Survey of Annex property and
Lights added on streets
---for Annex and church
April 19 Rev. Hill preached at Young Chapel’s
Friends Day Program
May 3 MTBC’S
117th Church Anniversary – Rev. Dennis
done on Annex yard
Mothers Board Anniversary
May 20 Central A/C System placed in Fellowship
June 5 Fellowship Hall A/C Return enclosed
June 7 Pastor’s Appreciation for Rev. Hill
July 19 Rev. Hill preached at Springfield BC’s
July 26 Rev. Hill preached at Siloam MTBC’S Men
July 27-29 MTBC Revival –
Speakers: Rev. Norman Williams, Wednesday;
Dr. Reginald Hunter, Thursday; and
Rev. Kyle D. Berry, Friday
August 2 Homecoming and Family &
13 3rd Shiloh
Missionary Baptist Association
Women’s Department: 100 Women in White
October 2 Third Shiloh’s 124
October 10 Pastors in Third Shiloh’s Pastors’
October 18 Women Day Program – Speaker: Minister
November 15 Men Day Program
November 21 Served the Community Free Thanksgiving
November 27-29 Attended Wilkes County Sunday School Union
December 31 Mark’s
Tabernacle was host of Watch Night at Springfield
Pastor Hill brought the message.
Our Church Family Increased
February 15 ---------------------------------Pastor's Aide Anniversary 11:30
March 6----------------------Dorian B. Favors received the Peggy Y. Harrison Academic scholarship
($2000) given by the Harrison Family of Kileen Texas
and the Mark's Tabernacle Baptist Church
March 15-------------------------------------Adult Choir Anniversary 11:30
May 3 ----------------------------------------MTBC's 118th Church Anniversary -
Speaker: Rev. Dennis Quinn
May 17-----------------------------------------Mothers' Board Anniversary
June 7 -----------------------------------------Pastor's Appreciation for Rev. Hill
August 1-3-------------------------------------MTBC Revival-
Speakers: Wednesday night - Rev. Norman Williams, Springfield
Thursday night - Rev. Dr. Reginald Hunter, New Springhill
Friday night - Rev. Kyle D. Berry, Word of God Ministries
August 7 ---------------------------------------Homecoming & Family and Friends Day
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Benjamin K. Willis
September 13 ---------------------------------3rd. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Association
Women's Department: 100 Women in White Program
October 2 --------------------------------------Attended 3rd Shiloh's 124 Session
October 10-------------------------------------Attended Pastors in Third Shiloh's Pastor's Banquet
October 16-------------------------------------Women's Day Program
Speaker: Minister Donna Butler of MTBC
November 15 -----------------------------------Men Day Program
November 19 -----------------------------------Served the Community Free Thanksgiving Dinner
December 31 -----------------------------------Watch Night Service
Speaker: Rev. Kyle Berry of Word of God's Ministries
May 6, 2018 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 120th Church Anniversary
*Speaker: Dr. Bobby G. McAllister: Co founder of JFI Global Initiative
2018 Pastor's 5th Anniversary Speaker: Dr. Kisha Russell Green, Atlanta, GA
2019 Pastor's 6th Anniversary Speaker: Rev. Frances Harper of Mt. Olive in Sharon, GA
May 2019-121st Church Anniversary *Speaker: Rev. Charles Belton, Pastor of Mt. Carmel BC in Washington and Union Springs, BC in Norwood, Georgia.
Men Day Program Speaker: Apostle Tony R. Hill
Women Day Program Speaker: Author Willie Agnes Chennault
Workshops: Community Public Safety: May 15, 2019