The church that now stands today was originally Moses Tabernacle Free Church of God in Christ and was organized January 22, 1964 under a tent in Elder and Sis. Jessie B. Martin yard in Lithonia. Elder L. V. Moses served a pastor of the church. A meeting was held at the home of Sis. Flossie Shaw to discuss plans for the church charter and to elect officers. The church continued to conduct services under the tent until it was destroyed by a storm. Later the church moved to the Masonic Hall on Stone Street. The membership continued to increase therefore a house was purchased on 2035 Rogers Lake Road. The house was renovated to a small church under the leadership of Elder L.V. Moses. The membership continued to increase even more and the pastor saw the need for a larger facility. The congregation decided to build a church on the opposite side of the block building which now serves as the fellowship hall. The church was framed by Bro. Lincoln Jones and completed by the current Bishop Jessie B. Martin and others. They worked faithfully. After completion the church was dedicated on April 27, 1969. It was a glorious day. Elder L.V. Moses served for 6 years and then moved to another vineyard. On October 17, 1971 another vessel was ordained by God to feed the flock-Elder William H. Kilgore, Sr. Under his administration the Sisters of Unity, the youth choir and youth convention was organized, the church organ was purchased, 44 new members were added to the church family, also ministers were ordained. And many other accomplishments were made under his administration. He served as pastor from 1971 until 2008. Elder & Sis. Kilgore passed away in 2008 but will never be forgotten. Elder Anthony Woods who served prior as the Assistant Pastor for 2 years branched out and began a ministry. He later returned home and was appointed as the pastor of Moses Tabernacle by Bishop Jessie B. Martin in 2008. Under his administration the church name was changed to Grace Tabernacle. Pastor’s vision for the church is great and many accomplishments have been made thus far. He’s thankful to God for the staff he has and all the dedicated workers in the church.
*(Psalms 127:1 “Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it. Except the Lord keep the city the watchman waketh but in vain.”)
Pastor Anthony Dean Woods, Sr., the fifth child of Tommy Lee and Etta Lou Woods is a native of Georgia reared in Avondale Estates. His spiritual foundation began at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Paul McCullum. He served as a Junior Deacon, Youth Choir member, and a Sunday School Superintendent Trainee. His secondary education began at Hamilton High School and concluded at Avondale High School where he graduated in 1971. He continued his education at DeKalb Technical College where he received a diploma in drafting in 1973. Afterwards, his first job was at Southern G. F. Company as a Professional Estimator.
He became an employee of Georgia Power in 1973 and presently serves as a Senior Substation Physical Design Technician. He became a member at Moses Tabernacle F.C.O.G.I.C. in 1975, under the leadership of Pastor William H. Kilgore, Sr.
Pastor Woods was united in holy matrimony in 1976 to Genetha Kilgore and to that union was blessed with five children, four boys and one girl. In 1995 he also received a diploma in theology from the Baptist International Bible Institute. As a member of Moses Tabernacle F.C.O.G.I.C. he served as an usher, youth director, and was ordained a teacher, deacon, minister, and elder by Bishop Jessie B. Martin, the general overseer.
In 2008 Pastor Woods was appointed as Pastor of Moses Tabernacle (currently Grace Tabernacle F.C.O.G.I.C.) by overseer Bishop Jessie B. Martin and later ordained in 2009 as Pastor by Bishop Randy Hagan.
Pastor Woods has a great love and passion for God and the edification of His kingdom. He’s thankful to God for the ability to teach His word and to continue to win lost souls to Christ.