The Gabbard Tabernacle was founded in 1965 as 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 located in Cincinnati, Ohio, 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
Reverend Gary Gabbard is the Senior Pastor of the Gabbard Tabernacle and the President of Gabbard Evangelistic Association. At the age of 17 he had a drowning accident where he was under the water for at least 15 minutes. Even after 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 but 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.
Cathy Gabbard Saunders
Cathy Gabbard Saunders, is not only a talented singer for The Gabbards, but she also preaches under a heavy anointing. Cathy is an Associate Minister at the Gabbard Tabernacle where she has been ministering for over 16 years. She leads the Thursday evening, 7:00 p.m., service where many of the younger ministers and singers participate in the service. Cathy’s dedication and her uncompromising love for the Lord is evidenced when she ministers with authority. Many people comment when they hear Cathy sing and testify that “I’d love to hear that girl preach.” You can see her preaching and singing in many of the mid-week services at both of our churches.
Jamie Saunders is the Assistant Pastor at the Gabbard Tabernacle. He has been preaching for over 16 years and can be seen preaching at different times in various services. Jamie ministers in many of the mid-week services at both of our churches. Jamie was saved at twelve years of age after attending Vacation Bible School with neighbors. He felt the calling of the Lord to preach as a teenager. Jamie often testifies how God found him early enough to keep him out of a lot of trouble, but just on time to realize how “Amazing” God’s “Grace” is. He preaches in the Sunday morning 10:45 a.m. service from time to time as well. Jamie is also the Sunday School Superintendent and enjoys working in many capacities with the people in our church.
Minister of Music
Tina Diesman is the Minister of Music at the Gabbard Tabernacle. Tina started playing the piano at the Gabbard Tabernacle as a teenager and currently directs the choir, worship singers, and children’s choir.
We have wonderful Sunday School classes every Sunday morning from 10:00 to 10:45 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”.