Sixteenth Tabernacle (the 16th tabernacle of Church of God and Saints of Christ that was chartered in the Commonwealth of Virginia) began to take form in the early 1920s. For nearly 100 years, it has been distinguished for its God centered focus, loving spirit, concern for the community, and commitment to developing youth for the future.
Members worshiped at various locations in Old Town Alexandria- the 900 block of North Alfred Street, the 500 block of Gibbon Street, the 400 block of South Columbus Street, and the 500 block of South Pitt Street. The tabernacle’s spirit thrived, including when services were held in the homes of members while a suitable location was sought. The current location at 634 North Patrick Street – “the little white church on the corner” of Patrick and Wythe Streets – was purchased in 1977 with the contributions and support of just a few faithful members.
The mantle of leadership has been passed through the following Local Pastors: Elder Isaac Johnson, Elder (Bishop) Robert N. Butler, Elder William H. Edwards, Elder (Evangelist at Large) Benjamin H. Watkins, Elder Ambrose Young, Elder William R. Johnson, Elder Thomas B. Stephenson Sr., and Evangelist-at-Large James A. Parker.
Elder Anthony B. Benson, Sr. is now serving as the ninth Local Pastor of this great congregation. Elder Benson is committed to building upon the great works of all the previous Local Pastors on whose shoulders we all stand.
Sixteenth Tabernacle fosters a Love for God, Yearning for Wisdom, and Respect for Character. We believe in community outreach and assisting all who are navigating their way through the trials and tribulations of life. The Congregation’s community impact is leveraged through partnerships with groups such as ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically), Alexandria’s Black History Museum, Carpenter’s Shelter, Charles Houston Recreation Center, Hunger Free Alexandria, Israel Temple #138 of the Elks, and SOHO (Space Of Her Own).