Washington Tabernacle Celebrates 120th Anniversary in November | Believe

Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church will begin its 120th anniversary celebration with a revival at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday, Nov. 1-3. The church is located at 3200 Washington Ave. on the corner of Compton and Washington in Midtown St. Louis.

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dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to more than 4,000 people at the Washington Tabernacle on May 28, 1963

Rev. Jesse T. Williams, Jr., senior pastor of New York’s Convent Avenue Baptist Church and the seventh pastor of Washington Tabernacle, will lead the service on Nov. 1.

The November 2 service will be conducted by the Tabernacle’s eighth pastor, Rev. Rodney T. Francis. Francis is now head of programs for EmployIndy in Indianapolis.

The Church’s ninth and current pastor, Rev. Robert E. McClish, II, will lead the worship revival on Thursday, November 3rd.

A memorial service led by Bishop Elijah H. Hankerson, Life Center International Church of God in Christ pastor and former president of the St. Louis Clergy Coalition will be held at 10:00 AM. Sunday, November 6 in Tabernacle.

A “Family and Friends” service will be held at 10:30 AM on Sunday, November 13, with Rev. McClish, and “History Sunday” will be held at 10:30 AM on Sunday, November 20. The guest speaker is Rev. dr. Anthony L. Riley, pastor of the Central Baptist Church.

“We will worship with our ‘Mother Church’ and celebrate our collective history,” said Rev. McClish.

McClish will lead the “Harvest Sunday” celebration service on November 27 at 10:30 a.m.

“Hallelujah for the inheritance. Come and join us, all services are open to the public,” McClish said.

On November 6, 1902, a new church was established at 2345 Market Street, and was named Tabernacle Baptist Church.

The church acquired property in Washington and Ewing, then known as Pilgrim Unitarian Church, the current location of Central Baptist Church.

dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to more than 4,000 people at the church on May 28, 1963, just before the March in Washington. He would return to the venue for another civil rights meeting on March 25, 1964.

A plaque presented by the Missouri Historical Society is affixed to the wall in the upper vestibule and records that our church was the site of two civil rights rallies in the 1960s.

“It is our continued hope and prayer that the Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church will be seen as an active community, striving to serve in ways that God will find acceptable in His sight and humbly asking for His presence and blessings,” said McClish. .

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