About Us 2017-09-02T14:09:34+00:00

Our Pastor

Pastor Nicholson is a lifelong resident of Lansing. He attended Lansing Public Schools and is a 1966 graduate of J.W. Sexton High School. He attended Lansing Community College and studied under the late Dr. Ferdinand Fritz at the Urban Center for Continuing Christian Education receiving numerous college credits and certificates becoming a Cum Laude alumnus of Great Lakes Christian College.

Christian Experience: Pastor Nicholson received Christ as his Savior at the age of 12yrs old at Friendship Baptist Church here in Lansing and was baptized by the late Pastor E. Gladstone Scott. After some years away from Christ, he reunited with the Lord at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church under Pastor David Whittington in 1978. He served faithfully until his call into the ministry in April of 1980. There he served in various capacities of the ministry. His first assignment under the newly appointed Pastor Rev. Arcelious Flanagan was Adult Sunday School Teacher. He later became the Mid-week Bible Study Instructor and was then appointed the Director of Christian Education to implement and oversee all of the church educational activities. Through attrition, he became the Senior Associate Minister and remained faithful until he left in good standing to follow the Lord’s vision given him to organize and establish what was then known as Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church and is now known as Grace Tabernacle Church “New Creation Ministries.”

While serving as an Associate at Pilgrim Rest he joined the Greater Lansing Ministerial Alliance and served as Secretary and Vice-President respectively from 1982-1987. After serving faithfully at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church for 11yrs Pastor Nicholson was led to organize and establish Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church. After three years in existence, the church united with the Capitol City Missionary Baptist District Association(CCMBDA) where Pastor Nicholson served as the Dean of the Congress of Christian Education from 1992-1995.

 In 2003 he initiated what is now known as the “Pastor’s United Humanitarian Scholarship Fund” and its annual “It Takes a Village” ceremony held to award scholarships to qualifying youth. To date (17) $1000.00 scholarships have been awarded to aid qualifying students in pursuit of formal education and skill training. He has served in varied capacities in and on many committees to effect change in the community.

 He was one of the founding members of what is now known as the Clergy Forum of Greater Lansing. He served faithfully as Secretary in 2003-2005 and remains an active member. In May of 2007, he was nominated and received the prestigious award of “Religious Leader of the Year” presented at the 25th-anniversary celebration of the National Negro Business and Professional Women Association annual award ceremony. He has received numerous proclamations and citations from local businesses and civic officials. However, he believes that his greatest accomplishment to date is receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Pastor R.E. Nicholson & Lady Nona Nicholson

Our Ministries

Men's Ministry

Meets the 2nd Saturday of the month

Men's Ministry

Our Men’s Ministry is focused on making men more conscious of their need for involvement and participation in the ministry through witness and evangelism. We emphasize “Male Bonding” centered around cause, purpose, and spiritual activity. This we believe encourages men to see their Christ commitment in a different light, and as they actualize their faith they develop a healthy sense of self-worth.

Therefore knowing that we are created in the image of God we promote the sanctification process and a sharper Kingdom focus in ministry.

The Men’s Ministry meets the 2nd Saturday of the month. Bro. Jack Kirkling.

Women's Ministry

Meets 10am every 3rd Saturday

Women's Ministry

The Women Ministry of Grace Tabernacle is focused on spiritual growth. Through prayer, and scriptural study the women seek better ways to contribute to the health and vitality of the ministry. Their contribution to the ministry is without question but we believe that time spent together and shared experiences serves to bond and motivate each other to be the best they can be in Christ. They have a yearly agenda and seek to meet and see it fulfilled.

They sponsor activities that benefit their ministry and the church at-large. As there are issues that relate to men so we recognize the importance of dealing with feminine issues that contribute to their growth and spiritual well being.

The Women’s Ministry meets 10am every 3rd Saturday. Ministry head Co-pastor Nona Nicholson.

Youth Dept.

Youth Dept.

Grace Tabernacle Church aims to give the youth of our church an opportunity to grow spiritually offering contemporary knowledge of the world-at-large and a comprehensive overview of God’s plan for the redemption of humanity. We strive to make Prayer, Praise, and Projects an integral part of their spiritual growth. We strive to develop character in youth that will cause them have integrity and personal values that will transcend the barriers of doubt and deprived making them aware they can be successful in their life pursuits.

Our youth department is headed by Co-Pastor Nona Nicholson who oversees all activities and scheduled planned events geared toward growth and development. We are in need of qualified individuals who will help us in the areas of growth and empowerment for personal life enrichment.

What We Believe…

We believe that the Bible was written by men divinely inspired. and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that its reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct. creeds. and opinions shall be tried.

We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in very divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in great work of redemption.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediated mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death it made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that brings us into a state of most FS, blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.

We believe the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to Gospel; and its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness area of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest, king, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise holy, and unchangeable; that in utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree, that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and to asserting it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchful-ness, and prayer.

We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is that grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by power of God through faith unto salvation.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great and of Gospel, and of Means of Grace connected which the establishment of the visible church.

We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons whose Qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred for religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public and by preparation for that rest that remaineth of the people of God.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred for religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public and by preparation for that rest that remaineth of the people of God.