Pastor Kizombo Kalumbula along with his wife, Carrie and their 6 children (Kwabene, Coletta, Marta, LeHani, Kasya & Lillia) serves as one of the lead architects and Pastor of Family Life here at TCC. He also does private counseling at Centennial Park Counseling Center. His wife, Carrie, has faithfully lead the Nursery in helping to make it a safe and loving place for our youngest church attendees and members.
Pastor Kizombo’s passion in life is to love his family and seek to know God better each day. He declared his call to public ministry in 1995 while attending New Hope Missionary Baptist Church which is also where he met Pastor’s Marvin and Artie and began working with other church leaders to plant Tabernacle Community Church.
Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pastor Kalumbula has lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the past fifteen years. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Religious Education from Grace Bible College of Wyoming, Michigan and a graduate degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University of Lynchburg, Virginia. The bulk of his ministry has been spent providing counseling services, primarily substance abuse counseling to women and men and their loved ones. He also served as the director of “BUD’S” (Building Up Disciples) at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
serves as Teaching Pastor here at Tabernacle Community Church and was one of the lead architects in the establishment of the church. Pastor Artie is married to Raquel, his wife and ministry partner of 16 years. They are blessed with 3 children, AJ, Victoria & Alysa.
At the age of 18 under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Jakes Gaines Jr., Pastor Artie acknowledged God’s call on his life. Because of his desire to pursue a career in law, Pastor Artie obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. However, Pastor Artie’s passion to see people from all walks of life grow in an ever deepening relationship with Jesus Christ caused him to realize that God was leading him in a different direction. Therefore, he moved from his hometown of Detroit to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the Fall of 1995 to complete his seminary training at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, where he earned a Masters of Theological Studies. Prior to establishing Tabernacle Community Church, Pastor Artie served as the Associate Pastor at Messiah Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1997-2002 under the leadership of Dr. Clifton Rhodes, Jr.
Pastor Artie has a burden and passion for community revitalization. Therefore, he continues to work extensively in the community to address the very real physical, emotional and spiritual needs of community members which can be seen in his involvement with various organizations and associations as both a board member and advocate.
Amy Gillette is TCC’s first Executive Administrator. Her passion for ministry was ignited at a young age while being raised as a pastor’s kid. It was through God’s providential timing that God answered her prayers to be in ministry at TCC. She is a proud mother of 2 daughters, both adopted from Ethiopia.
Amy was educated at Cornerstone University and graduated from Florida Bible College. Her experience has been at two mega church ministries (Calvary Church and Mars Hill Bible Church) where she experienced development and much growth. While at TCC, she has proudly authored a book titled, Amy’s Adoption Journey: Memoir of a Single Adoptive Mom. Her priority in life has been established in Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord. Her passion is to serve the Lord while her spiritual gifts provide the means to do so.
Her life is full of activities to glorify the Lord while her greatest joy is to raise her family.
Stacey Baker serves as the worship leader at Tabernacle Community Church with a wonderful team of singers, musicians, and media/sound technicians who help lead TCC
in worship each Sunday. Stacey recognizes that God has given him and this team the amazing privilege of encouraging and engaging the Body of Christ to glorify God with their lives, through singing.
Stacey grew up in a church setting where the love of Jesus Christ was preached and displayed, however, it was not until Stacey’s college years that he would further explore what it meant to be in relationship with Jesus.
A native of Detroit, Stacey has lived in Grand Rapids for nearly 12 years. Prior to Grand Rapids, he spent time in Knoxville, TN at Pellissippi State Community College where he studied Business management, followed by Kuyper College (formerly Reformed Bible College) where he studied Biblical Theology, and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary concentrating in the area of New Testament Studies.
While in Knoxville, TN Stacey felt compelled to steer his passion and energy in the area of full time vocational ministry. Not only was God redirecting his educational aspirations, God was fitting Stacey into the plan he mapped out for him. After completing his education in Knoxville, it was very clear that God was transitioning Stacey to Grand Rapids in pursuit of Biblical education. It was here Stacey owned, understood, and cultivated his faith.
Prior to serving at Tabernacle Community Church (TCC), Stacey served faithfully from 2002-2007 at Resurrection Fellowship Church as a worship leader, Sunday School teacher, and youth director under the pastoral leadership of Gary Hankins. Stacey also taught 9th and 11th grade Bible/religion at North Pointe Christian High School from 2008-2012.
Stacey is also involved in community work, functioning as the Director for Children’s Programming at The Other Way Ministries, a non-profit community organization strategically placing efforts in unifying and rebuilding families through the power of the Gospel.
One of Stacey’s greatest joys is spending time with his family.
Stacey and Christin, along with their 4 children (Arianna-5, Jaden-4, Kailah-2, and Olivia Joy-4 months) currently reside in Wyoming, Michigan.
David Hawley-Lowry grew up in northern New Jersey as a cradle Episcopalian. He attended Palisades Park public schools and Bergen County Technical Schools studying Stationary Engineering. The early part of his working career was in the transportation industry where he ran a parts department for a local line/charter bus company. David then worked seven years with a pump and tank company servicing “the new electronic” gasoline dispensers.
In 1992, he met his wife Ruth, a minister ordained in the RCA. They were married in August, 1993 when Ruth took a call to a church in Chicago which is how they both landed in the Midwest. Her next call was in Wyoming, Michigan in 2002 where they have been in West Michigan since. They have two children, Daniel, born in 1996 and, Margaret, born in 1998. Both children are musically inclined; Daniel with piano and clarinet, and Margaret with piano, violin, hand bells, and recently the organ. Daniel is a freshman at Michigan Technical University and Margaret a junior in high school.
David started his time with Tabernacle in January 2011. He says, “Although we have been through a fair amount with our campus over these years, it has been a pleasure to serve God and the people of Tabernacle.”
Savion Sanford serves as the Youth Mission Leader for Tabernacle Community Church and as Tabernacle’s Church Partner with Urban YoungLife. Savion, along with his wife Rebekah, are honored to be called to serve the youth of Tabernacle and the City of Grand Rapids.
Though Savion has served in Washington D.C. doing youth ministry, and in Seoul, South Korea gaining professional coaching and marketing experience, his home is Grand Rapids. Growing up mostly on the South East side of the city, Savion has had the opportunity to learn the rhythm and culture of every facet of Grand Rapids. From attending Grand Rapids Public Schools as a kid, to serving on the Mayor’s Youth Council and Grand Rapids Youth Commission, to his time in Undergraduate Studies at Cornerstone University to being a young professional working downtown with Runaway and Homeless Youth.
Savion’s future plans are fully submitted to the Lord, and his future hopes include pursuing his Master’s degree at a Seminary or Graduate School level. Savion is currently an active member of the Urban Core Collective and a graduate of its Transformational Leadership Program. Savion also serves as an instructor for the Institutes for Healing Racism at Wedgwood Christian Services.
Savion loves the Lord and is passionate about working with and serving His people. Helping others reach their goals and pouring into them to watch them become new and better followers of Jesus Christ is what he was created to do.
Savion is beyond thankful for this season to learn and grow with his family at Tabernacle Community Church.
Steven Jones along with his wife, Bethany and their 5 children (Nilay, Melodi, Kyle, Arie, and Evelyn) serves as a church planting ministry resident here at TCC. He is also a producer with his video production company, Abide in Media. His wife Bethany has experience juggling worship-leading, pregnancy, and homeschooling. She has a passion for supporting women through mentoring as well as a revitalization of church support for women; specifically in their traditional roles. Steven and Bethany’s passion is formation of children, biologically, and spiritually (discipleship). Steven has been involved in fruitful discipleship and evangelism ministry for 6 years. He hopes to declare his public call to ministry at Tabernacle one day; for the purpose of church planting.
Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Steven has resided in Grand Rapids, MI since 2005. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Media Production from Calvin College of Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2015. Before that he worked at several positions at Mel Trotter Ministries over the course of 4 years. He served two separate times as a deacon at Sunshine Community Church, where he attended from the moment of giving his life to Christ until coming to Tabernacle. He is on the board of directors for River City Futbol club, and his family are passionate supporters of Liverpool Football Club. YNWA.