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1963 - 1994

Rev. Dixon assumed the pastorate in 1963. He exhibited fine qualities of devotion and integrity. He was deeply interested in raising the cultural level of his people. Under his leadership the Watson Building was built in 1965. The belfry was erected atop the church and many other changes for the better were experienced. Rev. Dixon resigned in 1988.

Following the resignation of Rev. Dixon, other ministers preached for us, but the general feeling was that the church needed a Shepherd. The call was extended to Rev. L.P. Graham of Florence, South Carolina and he accepted. After five years of service at Tabernacle, Rev. Graham resigned in 1994.

Under the pastorship of Rev. L.P. Graham, the first two women, Georgia Davis and Marian Williams, were appointed by the church to serve as trustees. A young aspiring member of the church, Thomas W. Vinegar, Jr., became involved in church activities and on several occasions delivered the Sunday message. Licensed in 1992 and ordained in 1995 by the Enoree River Association, he shortly thereafter served in an interim capacity as Associate Minister and was subsequently elected to that position. Rev. Vinegar served in an interim capacity from December 1994 through October 1995, from 1996 to December 1998 and from August 2004 to November 2005.