HISTORY OF GOSPEL TABENACLE
In 1979, Apostle Joseph Crandall and his wife Marjorie moved from Sarasota, Florida to Rocky Mount, Virginia to “retire” . They restored an old farmhouse and began living a simple life of farming and traveling part-time as evangelists. Bro Joe also began holding Bible studies in his home. The small meetings began with just his family but grew quickly into a small congregation. While the Bible studies grew, Brother Joe was also praying about starting a Bible School. In 1983, The congregation of Blue Ridge Chapel moved into the uncompleted basement of what is now the Administration building/ Cafeteria for Blue Ridge Bible College. In a few years, the church became too large for this building and constructed a new sanctuary.
In 1985, Brother Joe opened a Bible School. It was named “the School of the Prophets”. 25 years later, Blue Ridge Bible College - The School of the Prophets is still in operation and is still training young men and women to become annointed ministers.
In 1987, the congregation again moved into the unfinished basement of their new larger sanctuary. Once the building was completed the church moved again into the second floor of the sanctuary building, which still serves as the present day church building.
In 1991, Apostle Joe resigned as Pastor of Blue Ridge Gospel Tabernacle and appointed his son Philip Crandall as the new Pastor and President of the Bible School. For 19 years Pastor Phil and his wife Gina have guided both Blue Ridge Bible College and Blue Ridge Gospel Tabernacle through many stages of growth.
The campus has grown from being a few building on a dirt road into a large 150+ acre college campus with multiple buildings and dormatories. Despite its growth, The focus of Blue Ridge Gospel Tabernacle has never changed. The local church still exists to support the vision of the Bible School, which is to train men and women to become servants of Jesus Christ that walk in the Spirit of God and have lives filled with character, faith, love and the Word of God.
Blue Ridge Gospel Tabernacle has never left its foundation upon the revelation of the name of Jesus Christ. Over the past three decades it has served as a place of healing and growth for countless men and women, and serves as a testimony of the power that Christians hold by salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.