Pentecostal Tabernacle of BC (Pentab) had its first official Sunday Service on July 7, 2002 at the Holiday Inn, Metro-town under the direction of Pastor David and Karen Drysdale. Three months later the new Church had to seek out a larger facility to host its weekend services. For the next 3 1/2 years, the Hilton Hotel in Metro-town became their home. On December 4, 2005 Pentab moved from the Hilton hotel to a heritage Church across from Central Park, Burnaby. Then on January 8th, 2012, they moved back to the Hilton Hotel, where the current Church family, community, and guests meet for worship and fellowship.
David and Karen are immigrants from Jamaica. Their four children – Sammy, Chelsea, Diana-Joy, and Twila-Samantha were born in British Columbia, where the family has made their home for the past 14 years.
From 30 people in its first service, 10 years later, Pentab welcomes at least 30 different cultures to its weekend services. While they meet for worship services in Burnaby, the members are spread out all over Vancouver city, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, and even across the US border in Washington.
The weekend services are vibrant and uplifting. The worship expressions create an atmosphere for the preaching of the word of the Lord to go forth with anointing and inspiration. All age groups and culture can find a place to fit in at Pentab.
Outside of its weekend services, Pentab ministers to the community by providing support to families dealing with the difficulties of: death, divorce, depression, and discouragements. Hospitals, prisons, and seniors’ home visits are regular part of the weekly ministries.
Now that Pentab has laid a foundation of spiritual ministry for 10 years, the next vision phase is to build a multipurpose facility with an expanded sanctuary that will allow more families to come out to weekend services, a gym for the young at heart, classrooms to build on the existing education programs, a book store to carry Christian products and materials, and a restaurant with a program to feed the less fortunate. Pentab hopes to duplicate this model throughout the lower-mainland.
Pentab’s mission statement is to inspire every culture, family, and individual to become more pleasing to the Lord. It is a Church family for people just like you. www.pentabbc.com