The year was 1962, Tommy Reid was sitting on the platform of a Presbyterian Church in Chun Ju Korea, where he and his father, Al, were both ministering, and he knew God had clearly called him to his childhood home to pastor a church. Nearly fifty years later we find our beloved Pastor having direct oversight and assistance in the planting of several branch churches throughout this region and around the world. He provides not only a fatherly voice of wisdom to those in ministry on national and international platforms, but more dear and important to everyone's heart is his tremendous depth of love for others and commitment to keeping covenant relationship with his fellow co-laborers in Christ. Few have extended themselves across denomenational, racial - and nearly any other barrier which anyone could ever dream up - as the man whom God has blessed us with here at The Tabernacle. Pastor to pastors, Apostle in the Faith, Dreamer, Friend of God, Tommy Reid.
Jo Ann leads the Pastoral Care Department which includes visitation, weddings and funerals along with all other family needs of the congregation, the Food Pantry outreach, and the Wednesday night Faith on Fire service held in our World Prayer Center. She has a passion for teaching the truthes of the Word and has been with us since 1987. She first started on staff as a counselor in Pastoral Care and then shortly after became the Dean of Students at our Buffalo School of the Bible. Jo Ann grew up around her family-owned restaurant business and continues to be a blessing to many with the warmth of her hospitality and delicious food.
Al has pretty much grown up in the church with his family joining The Tabernacle in 1959. For many years he has served in a variety of positions both voluntarily and as paid staff. He currently serves as both the pastor over the Men of Valor ministry and the Jubilee ministry. Al is a huge baseball fan; his love for baseball is only matched by his passion to see men discipled into their full potential. His dedication to our church family has been well established over these many decades.
Dee Dee Bernardoni
Dee Dee represents The Tabernacle as the outreach pastor to the suburbs and inner city of Buffalo. She is the Director of Operation Dignity, a mentoring ministry. She and her husband Jim also serve on the marriage and family leadership team here at The Tab. They teach the pre-marital seminar here in addition to doing marriage and family counseling. In addition to her ministerial responsibilities, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Claire serves as our fearless children's pastor. "Miss Claire" has just about as much energy as the children she pastors! There's always plenty of fun and activity to be found in the 'Kids Church' program! We're thrilled to be able to have Claire as our children's pastor. Fan of the children, lover of His Word, but - most of all passionate follower of Christ - with a truly contagious zeal to make Him real in the lives of all our children! Claire has not only a vibrant personality, but an equally vibrant wardrobe which compliments her perfectly!
Jon is the most recent addition to our pastoral team here at The Tab. In 2011 Jon joined our staff as youth pastor. Jon graduated from Valley Forge Christian College and has a heart to see the next generation experience God's love and realize His purpose for their lives. Jon is passionate about creating an atmosphere where every teenager can experience God's presence in a loving community. We're thrilled to have him as a part of our team and as the fearless leader of ONE Student Ministries!
Mike serves as the pastor over the marriage and family ministry. In the 1980's Mike served The Tab as youth pastor for several years and then went on to medical school to become a doctor. After earning his doctoral degree and spending several years faithfully working in the medical field, Mike felt God drawing him back to his home church to serve once again in a pastoral capacity. He continues to work in the medical field, while also serving us voluntarily in numerous roles. We so appreciate Dr. Mike and his down-to-earth relational ministry and lifestyle.
Tom serves on the pastoral staff as Pastor Reid’s administrative assistant and part of our pastoral care team. He labors faithfully behind the scenes to keep everything running smooth around here. Tom literally grew up at The Tab under the mentorship of Pastor Reid, and over the years has served in a variety of roles both on staff and as a volunteer. Tom is a servant, a dedicated family man, and an example of what a faithful elder in the church should be.
Aimee literally grew up in the church, being the daughter of Pastor Tommy Reid. She has a love for teaching and ministering God's Word in a practical yet also deep manner. It doesn't take very long to realize where her passions lie: in God's presence and in assisting others to press in to His fullness in their lives. She and her family have a love for animals as is evidence by their horses, ducks, rabbits, chickens, dogs, etc... Aimee serves as both the Pastor over the Worship and Arts Department along with heading up our 3D Woman ministry.
Jeremy serves as the Senior Associate Pastor here at The Tab. Don't let his younger age fool you. Jeremy has a wonderful balance of both digging deep into the Word of God and also keeping it extremely practical and down-to-earth. His messages are filled with insights on how to walk out and live the Gospel in your daily life. Bringing Kingdom principles to bear on the here and now is Jeremy's drive. Jeremy's relational keep-it-real style is refreshing. He has insight and great whit which make him a delight to be around!