Tabor's Chapel C. M. E. Church

Tabor's Chapel C. M. E. Church
Ila, Georgia

 

Montgomery Grove/Tabor's Chapel Colored Methodist Church was established in 1859.  The land for the Montgomery Grove Church site was donated by Mr. Cash Montgomery and the church was located near the Madison-Franklin County line on north Highway 106.

Pastors, Presiding Elders, Stewards and Trustees to serve Montgomery Grove were as follows:

1859-1865          Rev. Penegrass was Pastor and Rev. White Presiding Elder
                         Stewards and Trustees were: Mr. Nathan Tabor, Mrs. Paul Scott,
                         Mr. Sam Jarrells and Mr. Press Mayfield

1865-1873          Rev. Stinson was Pastor and Rev. Hosley Presiding Elder
                         Elected to the Steward/Trustee Board were: Mr. Dock Daniels,
                         Mr. Bob Walker, Mr. Jones Hopkins and Mr. Billy Carruth

1873-1899         Rev. Carter was Pastor and Rev. Hosely Presiding Elder.
                        Elected Stewards/Trustees were: Mr. Tom Griffin, Mr. John Wilhite,
                        Mr. Abe Scorr and Mr. Will Williams

After forty years as Montgomery Grove, the church site was moved to its present location in 1899 on land donated by Mr. Cape Tabor, and thus given the name Tabor's Chapel Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.  The following Pastors, Presiding Elders, Stewards and Trustees have served the Tabor's Chapel establishment.

1899-1903         Rev. Joe Ellis was Pastor and Rev. Livingston Presiding Elder.
                        Steward and Trustee Boards remained teh same as the year before.

1903-1905         Rev. Chiles, Pastor and Rev. O. R. Jackson Presiding Elder.

1905-1907         Rev. Wadell, Pastor and Rev. Carter, Presiding Elder.
                        Elected to the Board of Stewards and Trustees were: Mr. Ben Brown,
                        Mr. Tom Hancock, Mr. Armenus Gunnells and Mr. Jim Tabor.

1907-1918         Rev. M. J. Jones, Pastor and Rev. Sanders and Rev. Gladen were
                        Presiding Elders.  Mr. Will Tabor, Mr. George Jarrells, Mr. Bob McKeever
                        and Mr. John Gunnells were elected to the Steward/Trustee Boards.

1918-1919         Rev. J. N. Bailey, Pastor, Rev. Gladen, Presiding Elder.

1919-1920         Rev. J. E. Murray, Pastor, Rev. Gladen, Presiding Elder.

1920-1923         Rev. Pitts, Pastor, Rev. Gladen, Presiding Elder.

1923-1926         Rev. Johnson, Pastor and Rev. Jenkins, Presiding Elder.

1926-1927         Rev. Wilcox, Pastor and Rev. Holloway, Presiding Elder.

1927-1929         Rev. McCaister, Pastor and Rev. Holloway, Presiding Elder.

1929-1933         Rev. Green, Pastor and Rev. Holloway, Presiding Elder. 
                        Mr. Isaiah Williams, Mr. Walt McWhorter, Mr. Will Scott and
                        Mr. Joe Williams were elected to the Steward/Trustee Boards.

1933-1936         Rev. Wise, Pastor and Rev. Murray, Presiding Elder.

Tabor's Chapel burned to the ground in 1934 and was rebuilt in 1935 by Mr. Dwayne McKeever and Mr. Monroe Pinkston.  Mr. Allen Smith, Mr. Young Scott, Mr. James Bailey and Mr. Preston Williams were elected to the Steward/Trustee Boards.

1936-1940        Rev. S. S. Brewer, Pastor and Rev. Murray, Presiding Elder.
                       Mr. Phinez Bailey, Mr. Dan Gunnells and Mr. Calvin McWhorter were
                       elected to the Steward/Trustee Boards.

1940-1942        Rev. Wheeler was Pastor and Rev. Barnes, Presiding Elder.

1942-1943        Rev. Plummer was Pastor and Rev. Barnes, Presiding Elder.

1943-1944        Rev. Buggs was Pastor and Rev. Beckum, Presiding Elder.

1944-1946        Rev. Glaze, Pastor and Rev. Mackmas, Presiding Elder.

1946-1948        Rev. Counter, Pastor and Rev. Mackmas, Presiding Elder.
                       Mr. Claude Hancock, Mr. Henry Wilhite, Mr. Green Hancock and
                       Mr. Jimmy Bailey were elected to the Board of Stewards/Trustees.

1948-1950         Rev. McLaughlin, Pastor and Rev. Mackmas and Rev. J. H. Harris,
                        Presiding Elders.

1950-1954         Rev. F. N. Rushin was Pastor and Rev. J. H. Harris, Presiding Elder.
                        During this time the top was taken off the church and raised higher.

1954-1958         Rev. David Horne was Pastor and Rev. J. H. Harris and Rev. Jay
                        were the Presiding Elders.

1958-1959         Rev. F. N. Rushin returned as Pastor, and Rev. Jay, Presiding Elder.

1959-1962         Rev. W. R. Jenkins was Pastor and Rev. L. W. Jay (brother to the one
                        listed above) and Rev. L. R. Neal were Presiding Elders.  Mr. Charlie L.
                        Scott, Mr. Frank D. Bailey, Mr. Carl Williams, Mr. Rotell Gunnells,
                        Mr. Conolus Scott, Sr., Mr. Lammie Jarrells, Mr. George Vinson and
                        Mr. Enos Bailey were elected to the Steward/Trustee Boards.

1962-1982         Twenty years Rev. T. J. Jackson served as Pastor and Rev. L. R. Neal,
                        Rev. Davis, Rev. McRae and Rev. J. H. Holloman as Presiding Elders.

At the time that Rev. Jackson came to Tabor's Chapel as Pastor, the need for a new church was very evident and the pastor and members began working toward that goal.  During the next few years, our dream of a new church became a reality.  In 1965 a new church was built.  A fellowship hall, new pews and central air were all included.

1982-1992       Some new additions were made to the church.  The fellowship hall was enlarged,
                      two additional bathrooms and a wheelchair ramp were added.

1992-1997       Sanctuary walls were insulated and finished with half paneling; restrooms were
                      renovated and made handicap ready; new pulpit chairs added; pews were
                      padded; new sound system with taping capability was installed; outer structure
                      of the church was restored and a new heating and air conditioning unit was
                      installed.   In February 1997, the fellowship hall was dedicated in memory of
                      Mrs. Jennie V. Williams, our oldest member who lived to be 107 years old.

1997-2001       Church van was purchased; church parking lot paved and lined and the flooring
                      in the fellowship hall was replaced; new sign was added.

2001-2003        Church was placed online and answering service added to the phone; first
                       annual golf tournament held.  In November 2003, the A. G. Hardaway Gospel
                       Choir was dedicated in memory of our long time musician.

Tabor's Chapel was been spiritually and prayerfully led by:

                          31 Pastors
                          25 Elders
                          64 Stewards and Trustees
                          and an unknown number of Bishops

Submitted by Charlotte Collins Bond


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