In 1975, Life Tabernacle officially began holding services in Bagley Township Hall with Rev. Wayne Hammonds as the pastor. A year later the property at 2622 M-32 in Gaylord was purchased. The original building was a 40 ft. x 60 ft. block building with a metal roof, and the first service was held there around Thanksgiving of 1976.
In 1984, construction for the new auditorium began with a 40 ft. x 60 ft. addition. Through the years neighboring cities like Grayling, Petoskey, Mio & Cheboygan were evangelized as well. Under the ministry of Rev. Hammonds, many have been baptized in Jesus’ name and filled with the Holy Ghost.
In 2002, a 2nd addition on the back of the present auditorium was built, for a total of three 40 ft. x 60 ft. structures. The latest addition includes the current Nursery/Toddler classroom, the Prayer Room/Adult Classroom, both offices for Leadership and two storage rooms.
In 2019 the church elected Rev. Paul Brown to become the new pastor and for him and his family to take the reins of leadership at Life Tabernacle. This decision also promoted Rev. Wayne Hammonds, the founding pastor, to become the Bishop of the assembly. This has been the only pastoral transition in the 45 years of the church’s existence.