Gospel Taberlnacle Leon and Sheila

Leon Bible

Senior Pastor


Born in Laurens, SC on February 4, 1955.
Married on October 26, 1973 to Sheila Bible.
Two children: Angel and AJ.
Hobbies: Woodworking, Bass Guitar, Historic Researcher of the last 100 years of the Church’s history.

Education & Achievements

Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, SC. Master of Divinity Certificate of Theology, May 1998. Major: Theology.
Trinity College of the Bible, Newburgh, IN. Counseling Courses in Biblical Counseling.
“Finis Jennings Dake” Kingdom Builder Award, Atlanta, Georgia. Presented, November 1998.


Evangelist: Church of God, 1980-1982. Traveled extensively over SC in music and preaching ministry.
Pastor/Founder: Gospel Tabernacle, 1982-present. Founded Gospel Tabernacle in October of 1982. Gospel Tabernacle is a thriving Interdenominational, Interracial, Charismatic, church ministering in both traditional and contemporary worship styles.
Teacher: Pastor Bible sees his calling as a teacher/preacher, with an emphasis on the literal interpretation of the Bible. His focus is on God’s plan for man which produces a faith-filled, victorious, overcoming lifestyle, for all people.


1) Bible Basics for Spirit-filled Believers – study guide by Leon Bible.
2) Tithe and Offering Scriptures # 1 by Leon Bible – pastoral helps.
3) Tithe and Offering Scriptures # 2 by Leon Bible – pastoral helps.
4) Tithe and Offering Scriptures # 3 by Leon Bible – pastoral helps.
5) Tithe and Offering Scriptures # 4 by Leon Bible – pastoral helps.
6) Tithe and Offering Scriptures # 5 by Leon Bible – pastoral helps.
7) God’s Plan for Man Expanded Contents and Index – Dake Publishing – study helps by Leon Bible.
8) Finis J Dake’s Annotated Bibliography: The Sources Used in His Collective Writings by Leon Bible – Dake Publishing – Study helps.
9) Dispensation Charts by Leon Bible – Found in the back of the Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible – Dake Publishing – Biblical reference.
10) Finis J. Dake – His Life and Ministry by Leon Bible – Dake Publishing – biography.


“The Five Senses of the Three Part Man”

A.J. Bible Family Photo

A.J. Bible


Born in Laurens, South Carolina on March 15, 1990
Married on November 3, 2012 to Laura Bible.
Children: Naomi.
Hobbies: Reading, Playing Guitar, Martial Arts. 

Education & Achievements

Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina 2012

Ordination June 20, 2021

Work and Ministry

Associate Pastor: Pastor A.J. submitted to the call of God to preach and teach the Word of God. His desire is to see believers hear, understand, and take action on the Word of God so that they might receive all God has in store for them. 

Worship Leader: Having played and lead worship services for over 15 years, Pastor A.J. has a hunger to see believers worship God in spirit and truth. He believes there is a supernatural power in praise that makes room for the presence of God in one’s life. 

Faith for My Generation: FFMG is an evangelistic ministry outreach by Pastor A.J. He releases podcasts, videos, and resources through FFMG to see a generation shaken and shaped by the power of God’s word. 

Gospel Tabernacle Administrator

Angel Bible Lawson

E-mail Angel Bible Lawson


Born in Simpsonville, SC on March 4, 1978.
Married on December 26, 2006 to Allen Lawson.
Hobbies: Reading, Music, Computers.

Education & Achievements

Candidate for Doctorate of Ministry (emphasizing in Conflict Management) Trinity College and Seminary of the Bible, Newburgh, IN, Expected Graduation 2013
Columbia College, Columbia, SC. Graduate Certificate, Nonprofit Leadership & Management, August 2013
Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, SC. Master of Divinity, Emphasis in Christian Education, May 2011
Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, SC. Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry, May 2002.
Erskine College, Due West, SC Bachelor of Arts, May 2000, Major: Psychology, Minor: Sociology.

Accomplishments and Awards

Recipient of the acclaimed J. A. Pitts Award, Ford School, Laurens, SC 1991.
Founded and organized the first ever Bible study group CREW, Laurens District 55 High School, Laurens, SC. 1992.
Founded and organized the first ever See you at the Pole in Laurens County, Laurens, SC. 1992.
Recipient of the Academic Scholarship, Erskine College, Due West, SC. 1996.
Presented “Differentiation in Learning” paper at Carolinas Psychology Conference, 1999.
Presented SCICU Research Grant results at Milliken Research in 2000.
Girls Ministries Basic, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Leadership Levels Completed, 2008.
Girls Ministries Honors Girls Only Sponsor, 2008.
CLASS Communicator Graduate, 2010.

Work and Ministry

On-call Advocate, Beyond Abuse, Greenwood, SC. 2012-Presently.
Founder of Alpha Delta Omega – Sorority for Teenage Girls in Girls Ministries.
South Carolina Teen Girl Specialist for SC Girls Ministries, 2009-Currently.
Editor for Ministry Helps, a business established for the publication of Pastoral resources, Laurens, SC. 2001/2003.
Counselor Intern at Laurens and Abbeville Safe-Homes, 2002.
Mental Health Counselor at Generations Group Home, 2000.
Recon Programmer, Erskine College Library, 2000.
Education Coordinator, Sexual Trauma of Greenwood, SC. 2000.
Assistant, Experimental Psychology Professor, Erskine College, 1999/2000.
AIT Therapist Assistant to Sociology Professor McCloud, Greenwood, SC, 1999/2000.
Administrative Assistant for a major Motivational Speaker, Due West, SC. 1998/1999.
Assistant, President’s Office, Erskine College, Due West, SC. 1996/2000.
Student Internship at John De La Howe School, McCormick, SC, 1998.
Sub-Contractor for NSF Research in the Effects of Extreme Environments during undergraduate education.
South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities undergraduate research grant recipient – for research on the Psychological Effects of Magnets.
Certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.

Board of Trustees

The word in the Bible, Elder “presbuteros” means “those who were appointed to have the spiritual care of and to exercise oversight over the Church.”

The Elders help the Pastor in ministering, leading and guiding the Church in the business affairs and corporate matters of the Church.

The members of this board are:

President, Leon Bible
Vice President, Wayne Fober
Vice President, Brian Pitts
Vice President, Chris Kellett
Secretary/Treasurer, Sheila Bible

Board of Deacons

The word Deacon means to be an attendant; wait upon; to serve; to minister; to run errands; attendant to anything that may serve another’s interest.

In general this board cares for and serves the people of the congregation. It is an extension of the Pastoral ministry of the Church.

The members of this board are:

Greg and Deborah Cunningham
Carl and Shelia Kellett
Mike and Rhonda Lynch
Toby and Helen Tarver