» HISTORY OF TRUTH TABERNACLE MINISTRIES

Truth Tabernacle Ministries, formerly known as Truth Tabernacle of Deliverance, was initiated on May 10, 1980, when a group of fifteen individuals followed the leadership of Rev. Haywood L. Parker into a new placeof ministry. The original church was located at 126 Howard Street, Rocky Mount, NC. As a ministry that was “Birthed Through Prayer”, “Built on the Word”,and “Called to Excellence”, the members began a diligent work aimed at upholding what has become known as the “Three Pillars of the Church.”

In addition to Rev. Parker, the additional founding members were Peggy Arrington, Suretta Faison, Rosa Gaynor, William Gaynor, Dazell-Hart Anthony, Brenda Hill-Wilkins, Diane Hill-Pittman, Kimberly Hill-Holland, Janice Hill-Williams, Vivian Hill, A. Gail Moore-Israel, Agnes Parker, Donna Parker, Debbie Pettaway, and Mary Hill-Williams.

In 1983, Truth Tabernacle of Deliverance embarked upon a new endeavor and purchased property at 841 Pender Street in Rocky Mount. The membership at that time was approximately 30 people, so to purchase the property was quite a leap of faith. The congregation embraced this move as another confirming sign of the abiding faithfulness of God, for in three short years, He had increased the membership and moved the congregation from a one-room storefront to a building consisting of four rooms and a sanctuary that accommodated up to 150 people. It was during this season of growth that the Lord transformed Truth Tabernacle from a family-oriented church into one which began to embrace the community at large. In addition, the Educational Ministry grew to new heights, and Praise & Worship Services became an integral component of who the church was becoming. The out-pouring of the Spirit was phenomenal during this phase.

After six years at the Pender Street location, the Truth Tabernacle congregation was shifted yet again “from one level of glory to another.” In 1989, the ministry moved to its current location at 704 Arlington Street. Three full-time employees (along with one part-time employee) made up the church staff. Later in the move, a full-time Community Outreach Director and Financial Secretary were added.

During this phase of the ministry, the church became a literal ‘revolving door’ as the people became involved with Intercessory Prayer, the Community Outreach Program, The ARK After-School Tutorial Program, the Summer Camp Program, the Down East Christian Leadership and Training Institute (School of Ministry), personal counseling sessions, seminars, workshops, etc.

It was at this location that other changes were made which reflected important stages of growth and progression. First of all, the church’s founder and leader, Pastor Haywood Parker, received a Doctorate Degree in Adult Education from North Carolina State University. Secondly, the pastor was led by The Spirit of God to enter into a covenant relationship with Bishop Ralph L. Dennis and Kingdom Covenant Fellowship Ministries, which is based in Baltimore, Maryland. It was under Bishop Dennis’ tutelage and guidance that Pastor Haywood Parker was elevated to the office of Bishop.

As time progressed, the Lord began to deal with Bishop Parker concerning the name of the church. Upon the initial founding of the ministry, the leader’s desire was to see people delivered from sin and bondage. However, this was not to be the only focus of the ministry. Therefore, in 2001, after much prayer and consultation, the name was officially changed from Truth Tabernacle of Deliverance to Truth Tabernacle Ministries, Inc., a name which we feel is more reflective of our mission to serve mankind through a diversity of ministries.

Truth Tabernacle and Bishop Parker serves faithfully and joyfully under the covering of Bishop Alfred A. Owens and the Mount Calvary Holy Church of America, Inc. The church feels blessed to be associated with such a wonderful Bishop and International First Lady.

At present, our membership includes 425 people, with members having the opportunity to serve in various capacities throughout the ministry. The infrastructure consists of a governmental model that embraces five areas of ministry including the following: Apostolic, Prophetic, Evangelistic, Pastoral and Educational. This model makes use of an assigned Chief Elder who oversees the ministries identified under his/her area, and has proven to be a viable model in helping to accommodate the expanding vision of the ministry.