A brief history of IBT Greenville
The Beginnings - 2000
A group of Hispanic brethren congregating at Tabernacle Baptist Church began to pray that God would provide them with a spiritual leader.
On Monday, July 10, 2000, Juan Carlos Fernandez, his wife Carmen and their son Victor Juan travelled to Greenville, South Carolina, to settle in this city and invited him to be their pastor. The incorporation meeting of the church was held on Sunday, September 17, 2000.
Years 2001 - 2003
May 2001 marked the church's first year and coincided with the move to a new location on Pendleton Rd. In December 2001 they moved to Central Baptist Church, and in April 2003 they purchased the property at 126 East Mountain Creek. As of the summer of 2003 the church met at Faith Baptist Church on West Lee Road in Taylors.
Years 2004 - 2007
On Sunday 31st October 2004 the construction of the church building began, which took 3 years and was the result of the efforts of the whole church. Throughout this time of construction we saw the hand of God providing for all that was needed.
Years 2009 - 2020
These leaders have served in IBT Greenville in its first 20 years of existence and have been used by God for the edification of the church: Roberto Garret, Juan, Carmen and Victor Fernández, Daniel Valcárcel, Matías Espinel, Jason Armstrong, Josué Parks, Samuel Capellán, Omar Toledo, Gerson Ruíz, Elton Perdomo, Jeremy Patterson. The church developed different ministries such as the children's church, teenagers and the Adiestra Conference, for leaders and pastors in the United States and the Hispanic world.
Name change - 2021
Under the leadership of Pastor Fernandez, in 2021 the church voted and approved a name change to Tabernacle Bible Church effective January 1, 2022.
Resignation of Pastor Fernandez - 2022
Pastor Fernandez resigned from the church on Sunday, January 9, 2022 to move to Texas so that his wife Carmen can receive the necessary medical attention for her health condition. January 30 was his last service with us.
Pastoral change - 2022
Jeremy Patterson was elected senior pastor.
Lead Pastor for Teaching and Vision
Jeremy Patterson was born in Greenville and then grew up in Japan as the son of missionaries. He has worked in different churches and ministries around the world and is currently professor of world languages at Bob Jones University. Jeremy’s burden in work and ministry is to reach others with the love of Christ across and in spite of cultural differences.
Pastor for Discipleship and Administration
Ariel Noboa was born in the Dominican Republic and came to know the Lord Jesus at the age of 17. He has experience in administration and finance, and for the last 12 years he has served the Lord full time in Christian education, discipleship, and marriage counseling. His desire is to help people take the next step of faith in following Jesus and growing in his likeness.
Pastor for Missions and Outreach
With a multicultural Swiss and Latino background, Etienne Jodar came to Greenville in 2013 to pursue advanced theological studies. He taught biblical Greek to first- and second-year university students, and his areas of research include ecclesiastical leadership and the writings of Paul. Etienne has published articles in peer-reviewed journals like Themelios, and, like a good Latino, his favorite pastime is soccer.