Reverend Lester C. Smith had a vision from God to organize a Church. On Sunday, February 6, 1938, a group of Christian believers came together for their first Service in the Lecture Room of the Faith Tabernacle (Mutchmore Memorial) Baptist Church, located at 1728-34 W. Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, where Reverend E. Theodore Lewis was Pastor. There were 150 people present and Reverend Lester C. Smith preached the Sermon. The offering of $155.63 was raised. It was here, where we worshipped for eight weeks.
On Wednesday, February 23, 1938, the Church was organized. Reverend S.G. Means, Pastor of Means Temple presided at the meeting; Mr. Harper of Calvary Baptist Church acted as Secretary; three people were accepted for baptism: Sister Linnie Hamilton, Brother Edward Watson and Brother James Hamilton and 170 people joined the Church. During this time at Faith Tabernacle the Church was formally organized as a regular Missionary Baptist Church and Reverend Lester C. Smith was elected as Pastor. In forming the Church, meetings were held at different homes. We were without a name and Sister Isabelle Addison suggested the name, Smith’s Temple. This name was carried for only one week. Pastor Smith did not feel the Church should be named for him and he suggested Mt. Sinai Tabernacle Baptist Church, this was agreed upon and accepted.
Tue - Thu: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun: 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Church Office: 215-223-7152 / 7971 Fax: 215-223-7983 Pastor's Office: 215-223-0888