History
Sunday School 9:00am - Worship Service and 10:30am
4470 Wrightsboro Road Grovetown, GA 30813

History

In 2002, Pastor Eric L. Taylor resigned from a historical church in Evans, Georgia. His plans were to pray steadfastly and to ask God to direct his path. On the same day of his departure, a group of members approached him to continue his ministry. To his amazement, God had answered his prayers. The initial group was very insistent on hearing the word of God from Pastor Taylor. With God’s blessings, he and his wife, Franquette Taylor, agreed to begin a ministry from their home. On February 15, 2002, nineteen Christians came together to begin a journey of starting a fellowship. A donation of $462 was given to start the budget.

On February 17, 2002, thirty-nine Christians began fellowshipping. This group was committed and grounded in their faith to continue that a philosophy statement was agreed upon. The fellowship agreed and thus committed to being: “A Christ-Centered, Bible-Based, Family Ministry”. On February 17, 2002, 39 Christians came together and the name Emmanuel Faith Tabernacle Christian Center was chosen. Morning worship began at 11am with Bible Study on Wednesday nights at 7pm. By March 2002, the membership grew to 69 members.

Initial officers: Pastor, Eric L. Taylor Sr., Ed.S., Deacon Earnest Coard, Trustee Patrick Williams and Secretary, Mrs. Bernadette Lick.

On March 17, 2002, another historical moment occurred: the fellowship moved from Pastor Taylor’s house to the Martinez Community Center. Due to the worship service being at the community center, members were delegated for setting up and breaking down the equipment. Thanking God for blessing us with a church, we would applaud every time the train would blow its horn when it ran beside the building on the CSX line. At this time, the fellowship incorporated Sunday School Classes, which enhanced our biblical growth, thus enabling the church to grow. Deacon Charles Jackson became apart of Emmanuel Faith and was selected as the Sunday School Superintendant.

As the church continued to grow, A Consecration Service was performed by Dr. Rosa William, Pastor of Everfaithfull Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, April 19, 2002. Equipment was purchased and a stationary building for worship was pursued in August 2002. While waiting on God’s provision on a church, Emmanuel Faith and the Richmond County Board of Education entered into a lease agreement for us to worship a the Westside High School Mini-Auditorium. Our membership continued to grow and now stood at 160 members. During this time more ministries were added: Nursery, Youth, Vacation Bible School, Women’s and Men Ministry.

The pastor was given direction by the Holy Spirit during February 2005 to revise some of the ministries by going back to the basics of teaching God's Word. Several attempts were made to purchase land to build or buy, but was blocked by the Lord. During this time, Emmanuel Faith lost several members and the count stood at 40 members.

In October 2005, Pastor Anthony Holland of Strong Tower Christian Center called and asked if Emmanuel Faith was looking for a building. Through prayers, the transaction was completed on November 18, 2005 with Georgia Bank & Trust.

Emmanuel Faith was blessed with a man after God’s own heart that had the same vision, zeal, and teachings of Pastor Taylor. In October 2008, the Lord blessed Emmanuel Faith with Minister Mark Gibson Sr. He came by way of the United States Army. While Pastor Taylor continued his educational studies in Atlanta, Georgia; Minister Gibson carried the service on under the guidance of Pastor Taylor. Under Minister Gibson leadership, ministries were re-instated: Sunday School, Adult, and Youth Bible Study.

On Saturday, August 15, 2009, Pastor Taylor was led by God to pass the torch to Minister Gibson to become the Pastor of Emmanuel Faith. On Sunday, August 16, 2009, Pastor Mark & Roseland Gibson assumed responsibility as the Pastor and 1st Lady of Emmanuel Faith Tabernacle Christian Center. On Wednesday, August 19, 2009; Pastor Gibson held a family conference to share with the members the future goals of the church and how the church will continue grow and mature as a Christian family in Christ.

Under Pastor Gibson's leadership, five Deacons were installed (William McNair, James Frails, Leon Borders, Melvin Smith, and James Burch). We were blessed by acquiring a briliant and dedicated musician, Cameron Cofer which generated 5 choirs: Men's Choir (Now known as the Norwood Richardson Male Choir, Women Choir, Young Adult Choir, Youth Choir, and the Mass Choir). Also under Pastor Gibson's leadership he incorporated the Brotherhood, Naomi Women's Circle (Now known as the Bessie Thomas Women Circle), Hospitality Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, Nursery, Feeding the Homeless Ministry while holding semi-annual Family Meetings and mantaining an active website.

Rev. Gibson has Baptized 10, performed 5 weddings, accepted 33 new members into Emmanuel Faith, and performed 3 funerals. On March 23, 2012, the church purchased a pulpit set and a portable baptism pool on December 13, 2012.

EFT is currently going through a building fund to expand the parking lot and add a fellowship hall to the existing building. Changes will be implemented in the near future beginning with the parking lot.

As you can see, God is truly blessing Emmanuel Faith through the guidance of Rev. Gibson, and we are truly blessed to have a man of God that is about teaching and preaching the unadulterated Word of God.

Pastor Gibson is truly a man after God's own heart! 

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