Our History

Christ Community Tabernacle was formed on October 15, 1953 with Rev. William Green as the Pastor and services being held in a small white church in Monroeville. The church services moved from Monroeville to the old theater in Elmer, before the church family started to build our new Independent Baptist Church on Route 40, three miles east of Elmer.

With the direction of Les Garrison and help from Milton Clark and Earl Clark, the land was cleared in September 1954, with working crews made up of the church family. With the pouring of cement, laying of blocks, steel reinforcements, wood being sawed and hammering, the Lord’s house was being built. The church was finished enough for our church family to move in by spring of 1955. We used the old theater chairs and made use of what we had. It was God’s house, a place to worship.

Dedication of new building: October 1956


Back row: L-R: Earl Clarke, Alex Racey, Les Garrison, Jack Wright
Center row: L-R: Charlie Hill, Milton Clark, Claire Patterson, Fred Caldwell
Front row: L-R: Roy Jones, Pastor William Green, Zeb Green, Tom Eller

Pastor William Green left our church family in 1957, having served for four years.
Rev. Clifford Crider served 1957 – 1958. 
Rev. Frank Walton served from January 1959 through 1973.
Even though the description of the church had been "Independent Baptist"; in 1972,
the official church name was changed to Christ Community Baptist Tabernacle. 
Rev. Julius Bosco 1974 until 1978.
John Clements pastored for 2 months in 1979. 
Rev. Frank Owens began pastoring In May of 1979 and stayed until 1980. 
In December 1980 Rev. Joseph Zearfaus, Sr. pastored until the Lord took him home to heaven in September 1988. 
Rev. Jeff Lyon pastored beginning in 1989, and stayed until 1991. 
Joseph Zearfaus, Jr. became interim pastor in August 1991, and in May 1992 
was called to be the full time pastor.

Major capital improvements that have been done to the church since it original building are:
1960 – tile ceiling in sanctuary. 
1961 – center aisle completed. 
1963 – hardwood floors and pews. 
1967 – Baldwin organ. 
1968 – central air in church; purchase of house next door for a parsonage. 
1969 – new pulpit, communion table; hymn boards and lectern. 
1973 – carport added to front entrance of church. 
1986 – new 1,500 square foot addition added to west side of church which included
 nine additional pews, four classrooms, bathrooms, and full basement.

40th Anniversary, October 17, 1993

Sunday, January 2, 2000



50th Anniversary, Sunday, October 19, 2003

As we near our 60th year of ministry coming in 2013, plans are being made for a 6,000 square foot multipurpose building to house gymnasium, kitchen, bathrooms, church offices, and game room.

We are thankful to God for allowing us to be stewards of His ministry, 
and trust His continued blessing until He comes for us in the clouds.