But the Lord said unto him, go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. ~Acts 9:15
God’s Chosen vessel Pastor Robert McKee Jr. founded Tabernacle of Praise Church of God In Christ (T.O.P.) in October 1993. He served at Greater Love Tabernacle Church of God In Christ from 1979-1993 under the leadership of the late Bishop William (Dad) Rimson, and Bishop Clifford Dunlap. After 14 years of faithful and loyal service, the Lord called Elder McKee out to do the work of a pastor, according to Ephesians 4:11. On October 31, 1993, Pastor McKee, along with his wife, Missionary J. Tychinna McKee and their five children, Robin, Kimberly, Alicia, Gabrielle and Robert III; all of whom remain faithful in the ministry, began to do kingdom work, with few finances. Their church services were held at Pastor and Missionary McKee’s home, and in the basement of the YMCA on Lahser in Detroit, Michigan. Shortly after, the Lord blessed the ministry with a storefront building on Grand River Avenue in Detroit.
The Lord later led Pastor and Missionary McKee to 17215 James Couzens, Detroit, MI. Although there were trials that tried to stop the move of Tabernacle of Praise, it was with much prayer the Lord granted favor and provided a ram in the bush. At this location, the ministry continued to flourish, and T.O.P. church was able to complete a major renovation project that resulted in a beautiful edifice. Over the years, the Lord has stayed with our Pastor, as he did Abraham and has now shown him the next phase of the ministry. In March 2011, the Lord led Pastor McKee to a building in Madison Heights, Michigan. On Sunday, May 8, 2011 T.O.P. church moved into 26360 Stephenson Hwy, Madison Heights, MI. This location was truly a blessing, and gave opportunity to the vision God gave our Pastor for a greater outreach.
As a congregation, a body of believers we continue to expect the move of God, looking to the future of what God has in store for Tabernacle of Praise. Through the vision of our Pastor, we are yet praising and thanking God for the New Tabernacle of Praise Church of God In Christ. In June 2017, the Lord allowed T.O.P. ministry to experience another bountiful blessing when we moved to our newest location at 9300 Farmington Road, in the city of Livonia, Michigan. We are extremely grateful to God for a larger beautiful edifice with ongoing updates, renovations, expansions to the sanctuary, offices, classrooms and facilities to name a few. Most importantly, we are excited and in expectation of the Master’s clarion call for evangelism and the fulfillment of His Great Vision and Commission, according to Luke 14:23.
Tabernacle of Praise Church of God In Christ is a ministry that does not believe in quenching the Holy Spirit, but allowing Him to have his way during our weekly services, including midweek service. Tabernacle of Praise’s mission remains “Winning the lost at any cost” as when souls are brought in, they will feel the Power of God move mightily during any of our services, bringing about a change in the hearts of mankind, brought about by the acceptance of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
This is of the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes!