Pastor Dextral D.D. Alexander
Holy Tabernacle of God
Missionary Baptist Church
Holy Tabernacle of God Missionary Baptist Church began with a call from God on the life of Rev. Dextral D. "D.D." Alexander in 1974 and his response to that call. At that time, he wrote the name of the church on a small piece of paper, put it in an envelope, and placed it in the back of his favorite Bible.
As the call grew stronger, he left home and lived on the beach for approximately three weeks as a homeless person, laying himself before God, listening for confirmation and instruction for the next steps. And they came.
So, with a small band of believers that had the faith to believe in God and the vision, Holy Tabernacle of God Missionary Baptist Church was birthed on May 13, 1977. On May 22, 1977, with nothing but the $46 tithe of one of the organizing members, we held our first service at the Inglewood Women's Club, 325 N. Hillcrest, Inglewood, California. Through faith and prayer, God provided from week to week the finances we needed to continue, and we grew. And from May 22, 1977 until April 26, 1981, this was our home.
Without human understanding, but with great faith in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we purchased a small, dilapidated building on Centinela Avenue in Inglewood. We believed this would be our next location, but God had other plans. As He revealed His will to us, we realized we would never hold a service there. God was going to use the sale of that building to provide the down payment on our new home.
In May 1981, we purchased our worship facility at 6701 West Boulevard, Inglewood, California. It was an old flower shop full of dirt and debris. There were three small houses on the property being used for gambling and prostitution. They were taken down, but not before through the witness of our Pastor and members, one accepted Christ and later became a deacon, and some converted and became members. The members came together and worked day and night to clean and beautify, to the best of their ability, so the first service could be held.
The membership served in the community, witnessing regularly house to house, providing food and clothing to the needy, and shelter to the homeless. God continued to increase our faith and honored our service in the community by allowing us to pay off our 30-year mortgage in 25 years.
Holy Tabernacle has continued to grow from the 20 founding members to our current membership of over 450 through the sharing of the gospel and ministering in our “farm area.” In October 2004 we purchased and moved into our current second worship facility at 2312 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles. This has given us an opportunity to expand our ministry area and establish the Holy Tabernacle of God Christian Resource Center in this community.
God called members to a higher level to organize what is our current seven ministries: Administration, Evangelism, Membership Care, Missions, Music and Worship, Prayer, and Discipleship Development, fully staffed with volunteer personnel and headed by trained ministers as it relates to the particular ministry.
Our motto is "Serving God by Serving Mankind" and is carried out through our service to our community by meeting determined needs and on-going social service-type programs. We currently serve our homeless community by providing a hot, home-cooked meal every month, known as "Share-a-Meal." We also provide clothing and other assistance, the most importantly, we share the love of Jesus and His “good news.” The doors of the church are open on a daily basis to minister to those who come by in need.
Our dedication to carrying out the Great Commission given in Matthew 28:18-20 is reflected in our commitment to start or sponsor a new church each year. To date, we have started 10 new churches and sponsored three others already started. Through Pastor D.D. Alexander's love of international missions, we have started churches in Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
During our 39-year history, we have belonged to the Southern Baptist Convention, the California State Baptist Convention, where our Pastor was elected the first African-American Vice-President; and the LAX Urban Center Southern Baptist Association. Our church is actively involved in all agencies related to these three major bodies of Christian work. We have members who serve on State committees, missions projects, training class facilitators, and various volunteer functions when called upon.
On October 2, 2015, God called Pastor D. D. Alexander to his eternal rest and reward, but because of his teaching, training, love for his congregation, and above all, instilling the faith of our great God into the lives of his precious members, we press on towards the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”