Elder Denyse A. Bailey, Local Pastor
427 S. 7th Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
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Twenty First Tabernacle Mt. Vernon was incorporated on September 19, 1918.
The membership began to grow quickly and there was a need to erect an edifice. Through the generosity and dedication of St. Joshua and St. Mary Gilliam-Morris, members of Twenty First Tabernacle, Lot (#42), was purchased and donated. In 1929, construction of an edifice began at 427 South 7th Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY.
During his reign, Bishop William H. Plummer, prophesied on two occasions, regarding Twenty First Tabernacle Mt. Vernon. He said, “Mt. Vernon would be the largest Tabernacle in the area.” He also said, “One day Fourth Tabernacle Yonkers, NY and Mt. Vernon will be one:”
From 1918 to this present day, abides a people of God, in the City of Mount Vernon, under the guidance and direction; love and care; of strong men and women of God who, without fear, reservation, or surrender, executed the work of God and His Prophets. We continue to earnestly contend for the faith, which was once delivered unto the Saints and to uphold the work of Prophet William Saunders Crowdy, our spiritual emancipator.
The ministers of Twenty-First Tabernacle, Mt. Vernon:
Elder Charles Leopold Walker (1918 – 1935): Under the leadership of Bishop William H. Plummer, Elder Walker was relocated, with his family, from Poughkeepsie, NY to become the first Local Pastor of the Mt. Vernon Tabernacle.
Elder James Bowie (1935 – 1940): Under the leadership of Bishop Howard Z. Plummer, after Elder Walker fell asleep, Elder Bowie continued the work in Mt. Vernon Tabernacle for five years
Bishop Howard Chase (1940 – 1942): In 1940, under the leadership direction of Bishop Howard Z. Plummer, Elder James Bowie was designated to be the local pastor Third Tabernacle Plainfield NJ, and Bishop Howard L. Chase, District Bishop of Cuba and the West Indies was chosen to continue the work in Mt. Vernon.
Elder Louis G. Gaskins (1942 – 1972): In 1942, under the leadership of Bishop Howard Z. Plummer, during a visit by the Board of Presbytery and Elder John S. Plummer, Brother Louis Gaskins was elevated to Elder and appointed Local Pastor of the Mt. Vernon Tabernacle at the conclusion of the service.
Elder Judah N. Roberts (1972 – 2007): Under the leadership of Bishop Howard Z. Plummer, Elder Roberts was assigned as Local Pastor of the Mt. Vernon Tabernacle.
Elder Aaron B. Roberts (2007 – 2016): Under the leadership of Rabbi Jehu A. Crowdy Jr., Elder Roberts was assigned as Local Pastor of the Mt. Vernon Tabernacle.
Elder Curtis Adair, Jr. (2016 – 2021): Under the leadership of Chief Rabbi Phillip E. McNeil, Elder Adair Jr. was assigned as Local Pastor of the Mt. Vernon Tabernacle.
Elder Denyse A. Bailey (2021 – Present): During the final moments of the 2021 Annual Assembly, Chief Rabbi Phillip E. McNeil elevated Sister Elder Denyse Bailey to be an Elder and Local Pastor of Mt. Vernon. Elder Bailey is the first female Local Pastor of the Mt. Vernon Tabernacle.