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Our History

For nearly 30 years, Bishop Ernest and Sarah Huber pastored Calvary Tabernacle of Alexandria.  

This ministry came to fruition when the late Bishop G.A. Mangun developed a burden for lost souls, within the African American community. His dream was to establish an African American apostolic church.

 After many locations and several different pastors, Bishop Ernest Huber was appointed in 1977 by Bishop G.A. Mangun to carry on the work of the church. A Saturday night service was launched, and with the help of faithful servants of God, Calvary grew to become a self-supporting church. 

In 1983, at the request of the congregation, Bishop Ernest Huber purchased three-acres of land on Lower Third Street in the Acadian Village neighborhood. 

With the vision of a man, and a promise from God, a building came to pass.


On October 16, 1992, a beautiful facility, with twelve Sunday school rooms and a Sanctuary was dedicated to the Lord.

In June 2007, Pastor John Russell was approached by Bishop Anthony Mangun, to inquire if there was any interest in continuing the work that had begun so many years before. Pastor Russell recognized his calling and graciously accepted the challenge. He was elected with an unanimous vote by his peers at the Pentecostals of Alexandria and Calvary Tabernacle of Alexandria.


Pastor John Russell and his family visited Calvary Tabernacle in September 2007. In January 2008, he was appointed Senior Pastor. 

Under Pastor Russell's divine leadership, Calvary Tabernacle has seen tremendous growth.

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