Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center is a five-fold ministry church that recognizes the five-fold offices of Ephesians 4:11 as a five-fold ministry we have an apostolic covering, we recognize the Prophetic voice as well as the outreach of the Evangelist the nuturing of the Pastor and the instructions of the teacher.

If you would like to contact any of our ministers about bookings or Itinerary  please email them at their prespective emails:

Pastor Dr. Barbara Smitherman

Apostle Jerry Howard

Prophetess Donni Crosby

Minister Levi Gilmore


Barbara Smitherman

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Pastor Dr. Barbara Smitherman is the Founding and Senior Pastor of the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center.  Doctor Smitherman earned her Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Master's International School of Divintiy and Seminary, her Master's of Arts in Theology from Master Theological Seminary and Her Doctorate of Divinty from Master's International University of Divnity.  In 1996 Dr. Smitherman answered the call of God on her life after running from that calling for many years due to her upbringing in which she had been taught that Women could not preach. But when God has chosen you to do a job no one can stop it from coming to pass.  She was ordained as a gospel minister in 2001 and after serving in several assitant positions God called her to start a home Bible study under the title of Barbara Smtiherman Teaching Ministry.  Out of BSTM grew a strong women's ministry Women God's Weapons (WGW) in 1999. 

What started out as a home bible study quickly developed into a church and the Tabernacle of Praise Worship center was founded.

Dr. Smitherman is a  wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother  she and her husband have been married for 48 years and have two grown children, 9 grandchildren, and one greatgrand child.

Dr. Smitherman is a teacher, an author and business woman.  She spends countless hours studying and preparing to bring forth the Word of God with simplicity and understandlng.


Associate Pastor

Levi Gilmore


Jerry A. Howard

Apostle Jerry Howard is the overseer of Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center and he is also the Founding Apostolic Leader of an Emerging Apostolic and Prophetic Community of believers who are dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ, the proclamation of the Gospel Truth, and the equipping of believers for the work of the Ministry.

His passion is to make sure that the people of God are not just having a church experience, but a God-relationship experience with a ministry that is “Transforming Lives and Reaching Souls for the Kingdom of God. Apostle Howard has humbly embraced the call of Apostolic/Pentecostal Fathering upon his life. His worship services are followed with miracles, healings and deliverance.

Apostle Howard is the Visionary of AJAH MINISTRIES a progressive evangelistic ministry with a worldwide, multi-cultural vision to impact, empower, and transform the lives of all people through life applicable biblical principles and divine spiritual growth, development, and impartation. He is a Man of Power and Authority with Over 20 years of dedicated service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a Servant and Apostle.

Apostle Howard has an anointed Apostolic and Prophetic word of deliverance, for healing and complete spiritual wholeness that transcends every culture and church denomination. God has gifted him with the ability to take listeners with him through the scriptures, causing the Word of God to leap from the pages of timeless manuscript. Apostle Howard is a prolific orator and conference speaker


Donnetta Crosby

Prophetess Donnetta has also  been a member of Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center since conseption. Prophetess Donnetta is a mother wife and gramdmother and is Married to Dennis Crosby, they reside in Texas. She accepted the call of God on her life  some years ago and preached her first message with WGW at God's House of Prayer in Longtown Ok.

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