Welcome to the Uptown Church
In November 1970 Reverend Roy Gabbard was led by God to start a church in the Over-the-Rhine area of Cincinnati, Ohio. For many years the Uptown Church was located on the corner of McMicken and Vine Streets in Cincinnati. During the early part of 2008 the congregation moved to 118 W. 9th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. The church is part of the Gabbard Evangelistic Association, Inc. which has its headquarters in Butler, Kentucky. The association was started by Roy and Catherine Gabbard in 1963. The ministry consists of The Gabbard Tabernacle, The Uptown Church, The Gabbards Southern Gospel group and daily radio broadcasts on various radio stations. Reverend and Mrs. Gabbard’s children are the fourth generation of Pentecostal preachers carrying on the great heritage of preaching the full gospel message of the New Testament church.
Pastors and Ministers
Reverend Gary Gabbard, Senior Pastor
Reverend Gary Gabbard is the Senior Pastor of the Uptown Church and the President of Gabbard Evangelistic Association. He has been pastor since he was 19 years old. At the age of 17 he had a drowning accident where he was under the water for at least 15 minutes. The people at the scene gave up reviving him after all attempts at CPR failed. Gary Miraculously came back to life on the side of the lake. He was rushed to the hospital where he spent 24 hours in Critical Condition with no prognosis to live. He had double pneumonia in every lobe of his lungs and wasn’t supposed to live. God had other plans. Reverend Roy and Catherine Gabbard, Gary’s parents, knew that the same God that brought him back to life was able to heal his sick body. Gary woke up 24 hours later feeling perfect and in fact asked the nurse for Kentucky Fried Chicken. Immediately the doctors were called in and new X-rays revealed a miracle took place. His lungs were perfect and there was no more pneumonia. God is still a miracle worker.
Rev. Gary started pastoring at 19 at the Gabbard Tabernacle. His ministry has grown and this testimony and many others have opened the door for his ministry. Gary preaches a powerful healing and deliverance faith message every Sunday morning at the Gabbard Tabernacle. He is also a tremendous leader a great example of our Savior’s grace and mercy.
Reverend Adrian Gabbard, Co-Pastor
Reverend Adrian Gabbard is co-pastor of the Uptown Church. He began preaching about 16 years ago and has been a pastor for several years. Adrian will allow you to experience God’s blessing with all five senses. Sometimes he’ll have you laughing in joy or smiling until your face is tired. Other times God will use him to speak to your heart and you’ll be crying from feeling God’s power so much. Adrian’s ministry is a great blessing. He ministers in person at the Uptown Church in the 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening service. You can also enjoy hearing the Uptown Church Choir every Sunday Night before Rev. Adrian Gabbard preaches. Stop by this Sunday evening in Cincinnati and you’ll be blessed.
Reverend Jack Brumley, Assistant Pastor
Reverend Jack Brumley is an Assistant Pastor of the Uptown Church. He is the best friend of The Gabbards’ father, the late Rev. Roy Gabbard. Rev. Jack is a wonderful man of God that spent many years very close to our father. They worked in Cincinnati together and as a result Jack found Jesus by talking to our father about the Bible and Jesus. They remained very close and Rev. Brumley began working for the Lord and has ministered at Uptown for many years. It’s wonderful to hear Jack’s testimonies about all of the things God has done over the years. Rev. Jack is a terrific man and a blessing to the family of God at the Uptown Church.
Evangelist Charlotte Gabbard Settle
Reverend Charlotte Gabbard Settle (Sister Charlotte) began preaching a fiery message with a heavy anointing at the age of 15 years. In fact, After completing her first message, she prayed for a woman in the service. God showed her that he was healing the baby in her womb. The lady explained after the service that the baby had died and surgery was scheduled to remove the dead baby the following week. God completed the miracle and the baby came back to life and was born healthy. Sister Charlotte’s miracle ministry is now in the 50th year and still going strong. She still preaches every Saturday evening at 7:00 PM at the Uptown Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. And every Sunday night at 6:00 PM at the Gabbard Tabernacle in Grants Lick, Kentucky. Sister Charlotte took a stand for God in High School and he continues to bless her ministry today. She has traveled to many places in the U.S. to preach the Gospel.
Rob Gabbard, Assistant Pastor
Rob Gabbard is an Assistant Pastor at the Uptown Church and Minister Of Music. He is a minister and he works with both of the Uptown Church and Gabbard Tabernacle choirs. Rob first learned to play the bass guitar at the age of 13. A couple years later, he picked out a song on the piano that he heard from a TV commercial and within 6 months he taught himself how to play the piano by ear and was playing in church. In addition to his work in the church, he plays piano for the group. He can also play several other instruments including, organ, bass guitar, and drums. Rob has a great ear for music and has started writing songs.
Rob runs the sound for The Gabbards and plays the piano in services and in revivals Rob is in the early years of his ministry and we believe he’ll continue to blossom into a great worker and minister for the Lord.
We have wonderful Sunday School classes every Sunday morning from 10:30 to 11:15 designed to meet the needs of ages from beginners to teens to young adult to adult. Our teachers are dedicated and anointed to teach the Gospel of Jesus. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.