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Church History

1960    Bob Doom and Phil Porter have a vision to start a fundamental Baptist church in Martinsville.
1962 July - A small group of believers begins meeting together after a week of evangelistic meetings at the Morgan County Fairgrounds.
  December - William Holden becomes the first pastor.
1963 March - Martinsville Baptist Tabernacle is formally organized with 28 charter members who continue to meet at the fairgrounds.
  September - Phil Porter becomes the second pastor.
1966 The current property on Burton Lane is purchased and the first building program begins with a $50,000 bond program.
1967 April - Construction on the first sanctuary begins.
  July - The first services are held in the new building.
1969 Jack Nance becomes the third pastor.
1975 Spring - The church begins an extension project, adding 6,400 sq. ft. to the facility, to house the needs of the growing ministry.
  August - American Christian School (now Tabernacle Christian School) begins its first school year with 28 students.
1976 Bob Etner becomes the fourth pastor.
1978 The second addition, 5,500 sq. ft., adds much-needed classrooms for the growing school, and the name of the school is changed to Tabernacle Christian School.
1987 The sanctuary, foyer, and restrooms are completely remodeled.
1989 Tabernacle launches a stewardship campaign and begins work on its third addition, a gymnasium and additional classrooms.
1993 David Zempel becomes the fifth pastor.
2003 Construction begins on a larger, 500-seat auditorium to house the growing church family.
2007 June - Area-wide flooding causes more than $300,000 in damage to the facilities, destroying the larger part of the classrooms and their furnishings.
  August - By God's grace, less than two months later the facility is repaired and remodeled, power is restored, and furnishings replaced in time for the first day of school.