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Pastor and Mrs. Howard

Welcome to Praise Tabernacle, a Seventh-day Adventist congregation in Whiteville, NC. Our pastoral family consists of Pastor Darryl and Zellima Howard. They have five children, two of which are students at Oakwood University.  Our church family is just what you need -- loving, with true Christian fellowship, Bible based teaching and preaching, a sweet blend of contemporary and traditional worship, and lots of young people and youth activities.

We are also a  family friendly church. Our vision is to reach every household in Columbus County with the love of Jesus and the message of salvation by grace. You are invited to worship with us every Saturday at our multi-purpose worship and education center. God bless you.

Our History

During the summer of 2002, Home Bible studies and prayer walks began in the city of Whiteville, NC by members of the Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church in Council. Bible studies had been conducted previously in Whiteville over the years, but now with the goal of a new Church in mind, several caught the vision and pursued it. The Bible studies continued for about 8 weeks and culminated on August 10, 2002 when world renowned evangelist, Elder E.E. Cleveland, at the invitation of Pastor Everton A. Ennis (our former pastor),  preached in a special Sabbath service held at the Whiteville High School Auditorium. The Mayor of Whiteville and several community guests were also present at this special service.

After the service and potluck, a "Parade for Jesus" commenced in the streets of Whiteville, with members of the Philadelphia SDA Church led by Pastor EA Ennis and his wife Ingrid, members of the recently chosen Whiteville SDA Mission Group, Council Cardinal Drum Corps, Pathfinders, Adventurers, and other supporters. Handbills were passed out for the upcoming “Dimensions of Praise” Revival which was held in the Brunswick-Waccamaw Baptist Association building on Pine Log Road, Whiteville.

On August 17, 2002, the “Dimensions of Praise” Revival began with the preaching of Pastor Everton A. Ennis, supported by members of the Philadelphia SDA Church. August 31st, 2002 saw the first official Sabbath Celebration for the new Church Plant of the Philadelphia SDA Church, now formally called the Praise Tabernacle SDA Mission.

On September 14, 2002, not only was there a baptism from the Dimensions of Praise Revival, but the official organization of the Praise Tabernacle SDA Mission Group was also officiated by Pastor Ennis.

October 19th, 2002 the Mission Group became the Praise Tabernacle SDA Company, officiated by Elder Vanard J. Mendinghall, President of South Atlantic Conference of SDA, in a special Sabbath service held at the Brunswick-Waccamaw Baptist Association Building.

November 8, 2003, then 92 year old Modrey Dennison, led the group by seniority, as she was voted one of the first official members of the Praise Tabernacle of Seventh-day Adventist Church in Whiteville, North Carolina. The new Church was commissioned by Elder Linwood Stone, the South Atlantic Conference Treasurer, to "not waiver because God is on your side and they that are with you are more than they that are against you." Eleven new members had been baptized the week before and were added to the membership of the new Church. The Praise Tabernacle Church was now worshipping in our current host Church, Whiteville SDA, located at 1002 N. Franklin Street.

On May 2, 2004, "The King Is Coming" Crusade led by the Biblically-based preaching of our Pastor, Everton A Ennis started in earnest in a Whiteville vacant lot located in the middle of town. All members of the Praise Tabernacle congregation supported the month-long revival. Large loud-speakers were setup on the periphery of the large green and white tent and would-be buyers at the flea market held on two of the Sabbaths listened to the Truth. Others reported hearing the meetings from their porches across town. Sixteen more souls were baptized on May 22, 2004 .

August 2, 2004, Praise Tabernacle members went before the Zoning and Planning Board at Whiteville City Hall to get permission for a conditional use permit. This was the first step toward being able purchase a thirteen acre tract of land, located at 3710 James B. White Hwy. South (US 701 S.) to build a School and Church near Whiteville's new Super Wal-Mart. The official vote was set for August 24, 2004.

On August 24, 2004, Praise Tabernacle members, as well as members from our Host church, Whiteville SDA, again went before the Zoning and Planning Board at Whiteville City Hall and it was voted unanimously to approve the conditional use permit; however, since not all of the opposing residents were present, a new date of Sept. 14, 2004 was set. September 14th, 2002, coincidentally or not, had been the official organization date of the Praise Tabernacle Mission Group. Much prayer was done and finally on Sept. 14, 2004 , after the third appearance before the Zoning and Planning Board, a successful vote in our favor was taken. It is interesting to note that the Mayor of Whiteville officiated at this Board meeting, and she had been present at the special service held at the Whiteville High School two years before when Elder E. E. Cleveland spoke about "God, in the Meanwhile."

On January 23, 2005, Groundbreaking for the 13,000 sq. ft. Praise Tabernacle church and school gymnatorium occurred.

On December 16, 2006 the Grand opening of Praise Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist Church at Carolina Adventist Academy finally happened.  Speeches were given by North Carolina Senator R.C. Soles, State Representative Dewey Hill; Andy Anderson, former Whiteville Councilman; Pennie Lister-Smith, Vice-President and Superintendent of Schools, South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Vanard Mendinghall, President of South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Manlius Neil, III, Contractor and President of Inter-State Construction Company; Everton A. Ennis, Pastor of Praise Tabernacle of SDA; Elder Richard Berry, School Board Chairman of C.A.A.; Etta High, Elder and representative from Philadelphia SDA Church in Council, NC; Rena Burney, Elder and representative from Macedonia SDA Church in Lumberton, NC; David H. Hughes, a knighted missionary who served for 47 years and has been a pioneer supporter of Christian education; Bettye Mills, who stood in for Smith J. Mills, Sr, her husband now deceased, but together they were tireless supporters of Christian education; and DeMaria LaForte, Youth Representative for Praise Tabernacle. Other persons present that were honored that day were Gwendolyn Chancy, first School Board Chairperson, Pastor Ken Lee and his Whiteville SDA congregation that provided a temporary four year home for the Praise Tabernacle congregation; and Henry Edmund, VP of Security Savings Bank.  The ribbon cutting at 9:30am was just the beginning of the thankful celebration that lasted all day.

On December 13, 2008, Pastor Stephan Davis and his family were installed as our new pastoral family with Lawrence Hamilton officiating representing the South Atlantic Conference.  They have added a special touch to Praise Tabernacle, as the Lord continues to bless our congregation.  Guardian Angel Preschool, as well as Carolina Adventist Academy which are also a part of Praise Tabernacle's complex continues to reach out to the community. 

January 2013.  2013 promises to be a banner year for Praise Tabernacle of SDA, Carolina Adventist Academy, and Guardian Angel Preschool.  Pastor Stephan and Patricia Davis has seen both of their daughters Stephanie and Paige enter Oakwood University.  Praise Tabernacle members are experiencing 40 days of prayer and fasting beginning in January.  Their goal, seeing the Holy Spirit work to bring in souls for the kingdom.  Carolina Adventist Academy continues to offer excellent education, as well as provide spiritual guidance and support to students. Guardian Ange Preschool's board is looking to an additional after school program. 

April 6, 2013.  Pastor Darryl Howard and his family were installed as our new pastoral family with Elder Ralph Peay, former South Atlantic Conference president, officiating. Please join our congregation in worship.

June 2014  "Greater Is He in 2014" is our motto for this year.  We are excited about the community outreaches that have already been accomplished this year and are anticipating the summer series of Daniel and Revelation to be presented by Laymen Dr. Richard Berry.  Supported by Pastor Howard, the church is united in our efforts to evangelize.


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