G. Oliver Barnes
Born into a life of obscurity in the island of Jamaica, and raised by a grandmother, who nurtured him with good strong values, he found a stable environment within the church. At the age of 18, he entered into the Caribbean Bible College where he was taught how to live an exemplary life so that others can see and follow after it. Not long after, he met and married his wife Sonia and the two had three children, Nicole, Kenya, and Jonathan. The marriage is still going strong after more than 30 years.
Statistics have proven that if there is a breakdown in the family, more than likely there will also be a breakdown in the community because family is the core of the community. The way in which one eradicates this breakdown of structure is to rebuild the “nucleus” or reestablish the tradition of family. Rev. Barnes saw the need to build a strong foundation where needs could be met spiritually and physically. “Cities”, he stated, “are uninhabitable without strong churches that possess strong family foundations”. The concept of order in the community stayed in the heart of Rev. Barnes and accordingly in 1981, he established Faith Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church. He believed that no great city anywhere in the world could survive without a solid church that produced great people. Its result would be safe and secure communities where families could grow, businesses flourish, and schools succeed.
All of the ventures of Faith Tabernacle have been family and community based that includes dealing with issues that couples, single adults, youths, and the family as a whole see as challenges in their everyday lives.