is to be a Church where
transformation occurs through worship, discipleship, fellowship,
ministry and evangelism.
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Make a Difference for the Kingdom of God
through the transformation of lives through worship,
discipleship, fellowship, ministry and evangelism.
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Our Priorities (Core Values)
worship. We create a redemptive environment that invites and
challenges individuals to a holistic relationship with Jesus
through praise and worship.
We study. We equip individuals in the faith through
Christian Education and Discipleship courses with the purpose of
growing disciples who understand their purpose as demonstrated
by an understanding of their spiritual gifts.
We serve. We apply our faith beyond the walls of the
church where persons in the local and global community are able
to experience the redemptive presence of God through those that
have had life changing experiences of faith.
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History of Mount Tabor
Founded in 1872
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A few years prior to 1872, Mr. Daniel
Porter organized a mission Sunday School in his home on the
corner of Walnut and Selden streets. The Sunday School later
moved to the home of Mr. Hamilton Garnett on Ragland Street,
west of Walnut Street. It was there that Mount Tabor Baptist
Church was organized, with Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Bates, Mr. and
Mrs. L. D. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Hailstake, Mr. and Mrs.
Harrison Carter, and a few others.
Rev. C. C. Faggins
was elected Pastor and served 14 years. Some years later, the
church was given a parcel of land at Cedar and Selden Streets.
The members pooled their resources, talents ingenuity and worked
together in designing and building their first small church,
which was 30 x 40 feet. Under Rev. Faggins leadership, the
church prospered, and its program expanded. His influence in the
community was highly respected and recognized.
passing of Rev. Faggins, the pastorate of the church passed on
to the Rev. H. Mayo,
who served five years (1886-1891). His leadership emphasized
physical and spiritual improvements within the church.
At the turn of
the century, the leadership was transferred to
Rev. J. T. Turner,
who served as pastor for ten years. He devoted his time largely
to the tasks of bettering the moral and material conditions of
leadership of Rev. Turner,
Rev. Richard J Bass
became pastor and
years. During his administration, many members were added to the
church. He was deeply interested in the younger members and took
delight in instructing them in religious activities.
Rev. William H. Skipwith,
often referred to as "The Singing Evangelist", served as the
pastor of the church for five years. With his direction,
extensive renovation was accomplished, and many members
continued to be added to the church roll.
resignation of Rev. Skipwith, the leadership of the church was
passed to Dr. Cary S.
McCall, who was nominated by the Pulpit Committee. Rev.
McCall embarked upon his ministry at the church on April 5,
With the Housing and Re-Development
Program for the City of Richmond in action, the old Mt. Tabor
Church and land on the corner of Cedar and Selden Streets were
purchased in order to make way for a Housing Project. From June
30 to December 29, 1957, services were held in the Woodville
The congregation moved into its present
church building on January 1, 1958. Our current edifice was
comparatively new, constructed between the years of 1947 and
1948 by Fairmount Memorial Baptist Church. In 1967, the mortgage
was burned. Truly, the Lord has smiled upon us.
Dr. McCall was a Richmond institution. He
was called "The Dean", "The Bridgebuilder", and "friend". In
June 1987, Rev. Dr Cary S. McCall retired and became our Pastor
Emeritus. Dr. McCall had served his congregation unselfishly and
humbly for 54 years. He became the first minister to remain at
one church for that length of time in the Commonwealth of
Virginia. Dr. and Mrs. McCall will always be cherished at Mount
Tabor for their devoted service.
Although the pulpit was temporarily
declared vacant upon Dr. McCall’s retirement, the congregation
firmly believed that our Almighty Father would send a shepherd
to lead His flock.
of Mount Tabor Baptist was passed to
Rev. Dr. Charles E. Jones
in December of 1988. Under his leadership, the membership, and
the overall attendance in worship services and evangelistic
efforts in the Church Hill community increased. He established
the Future Fund for church renovations and additions;
established the Children’s Ministry, and organized the Summer
Day Camp Academy. He was instrumental in bringing the Church
Hill Cooperative Baptist Ministry to Mount Tabor, also.
Dr. C. E. Jones’ emphasis was to uplift
the church. He constantly praised the church and church officers
for the progress made. His concern for the upkeep of our church
building led to the renovation of our roof, the restoration of
our Hammond organ, and the Restoration-Renovation Project to
update church facilities in preparation for future ministries.
Dr. Jones penned our present motto, also:
“Spiritually Redemptive, Educationally Respectable and Socially
Responsible”. After a brief illness, the five-year pastorate of
Dr. Charles Jones ended on June 3, 1993 with his untimely
From June 3, 1993 to May 13, 1994, our
church was under the leadership of our Assistant Pastor,
Reverend Herbert L. Ponder. Rev. Ponder carried the church
forward, continuing the emphasis of Mount Tabor’s role in the
community, the youth, and the family needs of our neighborhood.
We ventured into a program with Whitcomb Elementary School
called "Walk to Win". Weekly, members of Mount Tabor would walk
in a school to show the children how good God is, and how,
through Him, we all can be better citizens.
On May 14,
1994, Reverend Dr. Herbert L. Ponder was elected Pastor of Mount Tabor
Baptist Church. Under Dr. Ponder’s leadership, the church has
continued its spiritual and physical growth. Dr. Ponder’s
pastorate has emphasized the importance of Christian education
and discipleship in the spiritual and physical growth of our
membership. As a result, Mount Tabor has become a seven-day
church, with various Bible study and fellowship opportunities.
In striving to be Spiritually
Redemptive, Educationally Respectable and Socially Responsible
we have reached outside the walls to reach our community for the
Lord. We have held several community oriented evangelistic
events, health expo, church picnics, and community prayer walks
to celebrate with the community.
established the following ministry categories to minister to the
wide variety of needs for the people of God: Worship and Praise,
Education and Discipleship, Koinonia, Evangelism and Missions,
Congregational Care, Property Care and Administration.
Pastor Ponder has emphasized
the importance and integration of technology with new computers
Several other ministries and
accomplishments have been completed and added to aid the people
and Before Ministry
Senior Bible Study
Ordaining of new ministers and deacons
Participants in Black Church Leadership Conference in
Church – One Child Adoption
Acquisition of property
launched in June 2006
Replacing sanctuary lights
(Worship On Wednesday) Services
Mount Tabor to be reached and planted internationally as well as
In January 2014, in a Ghana
village called “Beebudo in the Zabuzugu Area, Mount Tabor
Baptist Church was established.
The Leader of the church is
The average Sunday attendance
as of 2016 was about 50 with an overall membership of 65.
By the grace of god, this
congregation continues to grow and is working in reaching other
communities for Christ in the area.”
In August 2016, Mount Tabor Baptist
Church planted a church in New York City by the name of Anointed
Grace Ministry under the leadership of Rev. Henry McLauren.
Missionaries have been represented in
Detroit, Romania, Ghana, and North Dakota just to name a few
With the Word of God as our guide, it is
our desire to continue to Make A Difference in the Community for
the Kingdom of God.
The history of Mount Tabor Baptist Church
reveals interesting facts about the physical growth of the
church, while depicting a colorful trail over which the brave
and determined forbearers of our present church generation
traveled many years ago.
With reverence for the past, faith in the
present and hope for the future, Mount Tabor Baptist Church is
moving toward new ministry challenges, building upon the
foundation of Jesus Christ. We will continue to dedicate our
lives to service, perpetuating Christian principles of love,
peace and truth in God. We thank God for this great church and
we pray that the future will become even greater in spiritual
uplift and outreach with Pastor Ponder as our shepherd.
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