The Mount Tabor Baptist Church is an unlimited thinking congregation of community minded believers that seeks to grow people and disciples through biblical teaching, creative discipleship and imaginative partnerships that will build a spiritually emotionally healthy thriving church and community.
Mount Tabor Baptist Church History
In August of 1972, the late Mrs. Edith M. Bell, a spirited missionary with a dream of establishing a “little mission” for the Lord, told many devoted saints of her dreams as she stood in the parking lot of her former church. Others she called daily to help in accomplishing her mission. Preliminary plans were made to organize a church on September 5, 1972 in the home of Deacon and Mrs. James L. Spain, 5748 Woodcrest Avenue. On September 12, 1972 the group met in the home of the late Mrs. Laura Smith at 2427 N. Chadwick Street to continue their organizational plan. At this meeting the group sent a letter extending a call to the Reverend Henry Floyd Johnson to become the first Pastor. Reverend Johnson submitted the name Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church. The name Mount Tabor is found in the Old Testament in Judges 4:12, and 4:14.
On Saturday, September 30, 1972, more than fifty persons met at the YWCA on Germantown Avenue near Rittenhouse Street. At this meeting the church was formally organized and it was voted that the group would worship on the following Sunday. When the meeting was adjourned, more than thirty people walked from Germantown YWCA to 110 West Rittenhouse Street. They knelt and prayed, cleaned and prepared the building for worship.
On Sunday, October 1, 1972 at 11:00 am, the first formal worship service was held. One hundred and fifty-two persons were in attendance. The first communion was served during the worship service. On October 29, 1972, the church voted to have a membership acclamation service in which every person who wished to join the fellowship would join by acclamation. On this Sunday, one hundred sixty-seven persons became members of Mount Tabor Baptist Church.
In November 1972, the church was chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and received the corporate seal. The church was formally recognized and set apart by the Pennsylvania Baptist Association on December 13, 1972. On February 25, 1973, Reverend Henry Floyd Johnson was installed as the pastor of Mount Tabor Baptist Church. On September 17, 2002, the Lord called Pastor Reverend Henry Floyd Johnson home.
Deacon John L. Bivins Sr. assumed responsibility of the church leadership after the death of Reverend Johnson. A church meeting was convened on Saturday, May 2, 2003 for the purpose of nominating individuals to serve on the Pastoral Search committee. Reverend Joseph Fuller of the New Joy Missionary Baptist Church served as the church’s facilitator during the process. The congregation appointed a search committee. Sister Barbara Bayton was elected to chair the committee and Sister Gerry Sizemore was elected as co-chair. Other members included Deacon John L. Bivins Sr., The Church Clerk Sister Betty Cunningham, Trustee Reginald Duckson, Sister Katrina Fisher, and Trustee Sarah Patterson.
After interviewing many applicants, it became clear to the congregation that the Lord had called the Reverend Melvin McAllister. On Saturday March 19, 2005, the membership voted unanimously to have the Reverend Melvin McAllister serve as Pastor of Mount Tabor Baptist Church. Reverend McAllister accepted the call. He preached his first sermon on Resurrection Sunday, March 27, 2005. His installation took place July 10, 2005.
Pastor Melvin McAllister
Reverend Dr. Melvin McAllister served faithfully as the Second Pastor of Mount Tabor Baptist Church in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, PA. He is married to Andrea Hunt and they reside in Woolwich Township, NJ. They are the parents of one daughter.
Reverend Dr. McAllister was born in Darlington, South Carolina. He is the son of Reverend and Mrs. Joseph McAllister, Sr. And one of seventeen children, six of whom are preachers/pastors (four brothers and two sisters). Both parents are deceased. He was raised and educated in Darlington, South Carolina.
He studied Organizational Management and attended the Francis Marion University, Florence, SC; Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa; the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; and Eastern College, St. David, PA.
He is also a graduate of the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA. He is currently a candidate for the Master of Theology degree at Andersonville Baptist Seminary, Camilla, GA.
Reverend McAllister has served as pastor of Elmwood Community Church and Zion Hill Baptist Church, both in Philadelphia, PA. Having joined the First African Baptist Church (FABC) in Sharon Hill, PA in 1986, he became Assistant to the Pastor. He was licensed to preach the Gospel at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia. He was ordained in 1988 by the Eastern Keystone Baptist Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Cookley Bible College of Baltimore, Maryland.
During his tenure at First African Baptist Church, in addition to serving as the Assistant to the Pastor, Reverend Dr. McAllister served as Vice Chairman of the Commission on Christian Education: Vice Chairman/Chairman of Men’s Day where assessments increased tremendously; Co-Chairman of the Nehemiah Project, a comprehensive building program; Advisor to the Men’s Ministry, Coordinator of the Bereavement Ministry; instructor of New Members Class; and Saturday Bible Study Class Instructor.
During his time as pastor of Mount Tabor Baptist Church, Reverend Dr. McAllister took on the role of “Joshua” leading this congregation to the next dimension in ministry. The membership steadily increased. There were several upgrades to the buildings, the Media Ministry and the purchased of a new van. New ministries have been initiated including Cook-A-Meal for a Friend, Evangelism Outreach, Ministry of Church Growth and Intercessory Prayer as well as the revamping of others: Youth Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Missionary Ministry and Men’s Ministry. For the first time in Mount Tabor’s history, Rev. Dr. McAllister installed women deacons.
Reverend Dr. McAllister was very knowledgeable and has and is using all for building up the kingdom of God. He was most passionate about praying, teaching, and preaching the Gospel. After 13 years of faithful ministry, Rev. McAllister retired from Mt. Tabor Baptist Church.
Pastor Antonio D. Anderson
After forming a Pastoral Search Committee that began a 2-year search process, the church voted on Sunday, December 17, 2017 to formally extend the call to Rev. Antonio D. Anderson to serve as the 3rd Pastor in the history of Mount Tabor Baptist Church of Philadelphia. Pastor Anderson joyfully accepted the call and begin his first official service as Pastor on Sunday, December 24, 2017.