New Life Tabernacle has a deep heritage which goes back to 1979 in Petersburg, WV. The church was founded by Bobby and Joy Judy in the basement of their home on Vandevander Drive, and it was named the Petersburg United Pentecostal Church. As the church grew many of its members drove over 50 miles one way to have church, so a more central location was chosen and the church purchased an old abandoned Brethren church building for $15000.00 in 1985. The “new” building was located on old Rt.55 just 5 miles east of Moorefield, and the name of the church was changed to God’s Way United Pentecostal Church. This building had no running water, no electricity, and no indoor bathroom facilities. Saints still talk about using flashlights and candles to read from the song books and using the outhouse in winter time. A five year wish list was made, and within two years the church had new bathroom facilities, running water, electricity, a Christian school, kitchen, Sunday school class rooms and a successful craft shop.
As the church continued to grow the decision was made in 1999 to tear down the old original structure and build a new and more modern sanctuary. It was during the construction period of the new sanctuary that Pastor Joy went home to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer.
In 2001 Brother Richard Glass from Frederick, Md. was elected to the pastorate. The new sanctuary was completed under his leadership and the church once again experienced great revival. The decision was made in 2006 that it was advantageous for the church to sell its facilities on the mountain and move the congregation into the town of Moorefield. This was a strategic spiritual decision and the name of the church was once again changed to New Life Tabernacle.
For the next year the congregation rented a building on Jefferson Street owned by the local fire department. All of the chairs, sound system, etc. had to be set up and removed for each church service. Once again the church experienced great growth, and in April 2007 the congregation was able to begin leasing an actual church building on Winchester Ave. In September 2007 after Pastor Glass moved on to begin pastoring a church in Cumberland, Md. Eugene Whetzel was elected pastor of the church.
Under Pastor Whetzel’s leadership, the church began to experience more growth and the congregation was able to purchase five acres of land on the east bound side of the new Rt 48 corridor H just 1.5 miles from the town of Moorefield. In April of 2010 the church broke ground on a new 8000 square foot sanctuary, and the congregation held their first service there on the last Sunday in October, 2010.
To read more about Pastor Whetzel and his family or our 2010 building program click the links on the home page.