The Church's Leadership Team
A Greeting from the Pastor, Rev. Dr. R. Stanley Wood
I am pleased to welcome you to the Mt. Tabor website! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our congregation.We are excited to tell you about our community of faith and to extend a warm invitation to come visit us. I invite you to explore our website and learn about the many things God is doing in and through our congregation.
Mt. Tabor is a small membership congregation with a friendly atmosphere, where people of diverse ages and backgrounds worship together, minister to one another, and serve our community.
Relationships are primary in our church.Hospitality is important to us, and we try to offer it every chance we ghet.when you visit our church, we believe you will find familiar faces, a loving people, and an attitude of acceptance.
At Mt. tabor, we seek to follow Jesus Christ, to nurture each person's unique spiritual journey, to explore freely the challenge and wonder of the faith, and to reach out in compassion to the world's needs.Blessed with a tradition of energetic and inquiring members, it seeks to be faithful in its programs of worship, education, and community. service.
Our worship focuses on the challenges of contemporary life as we seek to know and follow God.Shaped by worship, we seek to share God's grace through education, fellowship,music, and inclusive, embracing outreach ministries to those in physical and spiritual need.
Maybe you have some questions, like: Will I experience God's love there? Can I find a warm supportive community of fellow sojourners here? What do Cumberland Presbyterians believe? Perhaps most importantly, how will God use me there? Come and see!
The Rev. Dr. R. Stanley Wood is the pastor of the Mt. Tabor Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America.He came to Mt. Tabor in May 2011. A lifelong member of the CPCA Pastor Wood is an ordained minister and holds membership in the New Hopewell Presbytery.
In his acceptance letter to the Mt. Tabor church session, Pastor Wood wrote, "I am confident that God has led us to this mutual decision, and I invite you to join me in prayer that God will bless us as we move into this new relationship."
Pastor Wood was ordained by Hiwassee Presbytery in 1965 and has served a string of pastorates that date back to 1964. He come to Mt. Tabor after serving the following CPCA congregations: Chelsea (Huntsville, Alabama), Harmon Chapel (Philadelphia, Tn.),Bethel (Florence,Al.), North Point and Mt. Cumberland (Sweetwater,Tn.) and Freedman chapel(Athens, Tn).
Pastor Wood served the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America denomination as General Secretary/ Stated Clerk (1979-1997) and director of Christian Education (1973-1979), working at the church headquarters in Huntspon,Alabama.Ammong activities in his work as a denominational employee were:editor of the monthly church news magazine,from 1980-1997; co-chair of the committee to revise the Confession of Faith of the Cumbeerland Presbyterian Churches;1978-1981;chairperson of the National Council of Churche"s Committee on the Uniform Series, from 1989-1992;member of the (Geneva-based) World Alliance of reformed Churches Executive Committee,from 1982 to 2006.
Dr. Wood earned his bachelor's degree from Bethel College (now, Bethel University) in McKenzie, Tennessee, his mastor's degree from Memphis Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Vanderbilt University.
An educator at heart, Pastor Wood also works as Vice-President of Academic affairs and Dean at Memphis Theological Seminary,Memphis,tennessee.He and his wife,Patricia, has two adult children,Kevin and Diantha, and one grandson,Lance Christopher Wood.
A greeting from the Pastor Emeritus, Rev. William Montaque,Jr.
Rev. William Montague, Jr.
Ecclesiastes 2: 17b, 3:1 “To everything there is a time and a season; a time for every purpose under heaven. There is a time for every purpose and every good work.” In 2002, after many years in the career of a bi-vocational pastor and Correction Professional, I had an inner “calling” and the opportunity to return to the faith and nurturing of my childhood and young adult life, the Presbyterian Church, as pastor of Mt. Tabor. I worked diligently for eight years with the church until my military service-connected illnesses caused me to ask the church and the New Hopewell Presbytery to search for a new pastor. Our prayers were answered by the arrival and response of a close friend, mentor, and one of my seminary professors, the Rev. Dr. R. Stanley Wood from Memphis Theological Seminary.
It is with pride and gratitude that I extend to you these greetings from me, my wife (Deborah) and the entire Mt. Tabor Cumberland Presbyterian Church family. We welcome you to visit with us and to consider becoming a member of a church that wants, welcomes and places value in people as God’s children; and is a part of the reformed tradition, of the Protestant movement, a time-honored established series and faith and firm beliefs and practices that are anchored and grounded in the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God.
Now is the season to come together and reason as brothers and sisters, all members of the corporate Body of Jesus Christ, with the unique purpose of brining “light” to our lives. We invite you to bring, share, and use your “spiritual gifts,” visit with us, and to experience the joy and fellowship of worship, education, community service, and communion with the ultimate mission and understanding that the Spirit of God is active and present in the lives and minds of all people who choose to heed and hear. With this blessed knowledge and understanding, we hope that you will want to become a member of this congregation with a purpose.
I believe, know, and pray that the kingdom of heaven on earth is a reality in each of us. With a body of committed and concerned individuals, we here at Mt. Tabor cannot only share in God’s plan of change for people, but can indeed become God’s change agents. Come and be with us! Hear and heed the heart-stirring sermons on God’s glorious Sundays and other days. Grow with us “in Spirit and in truth,” as we choose to be daring, different and making a difference. Choose now to be that spark of excitement, joy and reason in this special time and season of being ready, real, and righteous, for Jesus.
See you soon in church on Sundays and during the week. We, you and I, have love, talents, and joys; and hopes to share, and lives to touch in the name of Jesus.
Pastor Emeritus Rev. William Montaque,Jr.
Pastor Emeritus William H. (Bill) Montaque served Mt. Tabor Church from the spring of 2002 until the September Presbytery of 2011 where he asked to be relieved of duties because of an on-going illiness.He was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1943 and came to Tennessee in 1961 to attend Knoxville College (PCUSA).From birth to 1969 he was a member of Haymount United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville,N.C.He completed high school at Boggs Academy in Keysville, Georgia which was owned and operated by the Presbyterian church United States of America.While While enrolled at Knoxville College he served as a lay -minister to New Market Presbyterian church.Upon graduation from college in 1966, he chose to delay seminary and went to work as an Assistant Scount Executive for boy scounts of America-New York City.After 6 months he was drafted into the United States Army and served as an instructor for Special Pupose Equipment and Vehicles at Fort Lee, VA until deployment to Vietnam in 1969.Upon returning from Vietnam, he came to Jackson,Tn. as a police Officer, later joining Mother Liberty C.M.E. church and answered the "call" to the ministry.In 1973 he was ordained and assigned churches in Hardeman County,Tn. By 1976 he had completed graduate school and was assigned to churches across the state until 2002 when he asked to go on "Leave of Absence" status to come to Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America as pastor at Mt Tabor.Pastor Montaque had a dual career as a bio-vocational minister along with 30 plus years of duty as a Correctional Professional )teacher,Principle, Deputy Warden, Jail Administrator, and Prison Operations Administrator).He was married to Jacque Carolyn cole until her death.They have five children. He has been married to Deborah Montaque since 1996. In 2005 he completed Seminary at Memphis Theological Seminary with an M.Div degree.
The Church Session
Cumberland Presbyterian Churches are led by a team comprised of the pastor and lay leaders called "Elders."
The responsibilities of the church session are the following:
* Public worship
* Christian education
* Fellowship or Koinonia
* Witness to unbelievers and inactive members
* Visitation of the sick
* Pastoral care
* Excellent stewards
* Exercise of discipline
* Ministry of the church beyond the local
The board of deacons
Deacons are elected by the membership and ordained to lead the church in its care of the poor of the poor and others in need, administering the funds provided by the church for these purposes. this ministry is given to the church by Jesus Christ, who came to serve rather than to be served. Through the care of the poor and others in need, the church gives witness to the compassionate love of God shown through Jesus Christ.At Mt. Tabor the deacons lead and coordinate activities of persons,commmittees, and groups in ministering to the poor, the elderly, the sick, orphans, refugees, prisoners, and other sin distress. Because the work of the deacons pertains to the whole church, the deacons periodically report to the church session.