In May of 1987 Pastor Michael Nelson and his wife Carmela felt led by the Holy Spirit to resign their positions at Southside Tabernacle Assembly of God in Chicago, Illinois and move to Jacksonville, Florida to start a church. In June of that same year they moved by faith to Jacksonville. Fueled by the excitement building on the inside of Pastor Nelson, within two weeks they were knocking on doors, inviting people to their home Bible Study. This Bible Study took place on the last Thursday night in June with three people in attendance. Those people were Pastor Nelson, Sister Carmela, and Ethel Pope whom they led to the Lord through door knocking.
Through Bible Study and door knocking, God brought forth a nucleus of people to establish Peace Tabernacle Assembly of God. Within six months God had opened the door for us to meet Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday evenings in one of our sister churches; Riverview Assembly of God. Our first Sunday service as a church body was held on December 6, 1987. After one year of meeting at the Riverview church our prayers had finally been answered, when the Lord opened the door of our own church building, located at 6242 Soutel Drive.
In the spring of 1989 one of Pastor Nelson's personal friends, Rev. Arthur James Lee felt led of the Lord to move to Jacksonville to work with Pastor Nelson full time. He stayed almost a year to help establish and strengthen different ministries within the church. One of the ministries which he helped us to establish that has been very vital to our people's spiritual growth is our Sunday School Department. Praise God for laborers who are willing to make sacrifices for the Kingdom of God.
In the fall of 1992, once again God opened the door for us to move to another building in a more visible location at 2308 Soutel Drive, where we are presently meeting. Upon moving into our facilities God impressed upon our District's heart to cancel our mortgage debt. Praise God the Father who had truly provided again. This was one of the greatest decisions that God led us to make, because since then we have seen God do an even greater work in our church, of which He said He would do some years ago.
In the year of 1994 our church moved from a Home Missions status to an advance status, which is one step from being a Sovereign Church. An Advisory Board was elected to assist the Pastor in the affairs of the church. In the year 2001 Peace Tabernacle became a Sovereign Church.
Since our establishment in 1987, God has helped us to establish a variety of ministries: Sunday School Department, Children's Church Ministry, Van Ministry, Ministry of Helps, Sunday Worship Services, Door Knocking, Men's and Women's Ministry, A Praise and Worship Team, The Voices of Peace Choir, Youth for Christ, A Media Learning Center, Usher Board, Married Couples Fellowship and Mission Programs to support other ministries to do the work of God in the United States and abroad.
We thank God for our past, but we are even more excited about our present and great future. God is doing a new thing in our church. Isaiah 42:9 says "Behold, the former things are come to pass, and a new thing do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them."