In the spring of 1975, Pastor Tommy Chapman felt the leading of the Lord to plant a church in the Powder Springs area. He had been an educator in Cobb County for eleven years and had ministered to many students who did not have a church home. Prayer meetings were begun in the Chapman's home on Thursday nights.
In June of the same year, Pastor Tommy resigned his position as pastor of New Bethel Congregational Methodist Church in Silver Creek near Rome , Ga. to begin the new work in Powder Springs. On July 4, 1975 , a ten-day tent meeting was held in Powder Springs in a vacant lot presently occupied by Martin's restaurant. On the final day of the meeting the doors of the church were opened and the first 12 members joined. In July the church was officially accepted into the Van's Valley District conference of the Congregational Methodist Church with 26 members.
Praise Tabernacle, the name agreed upon by the congregation, met for two years in the Powder Springs Masonic Lodge and for one year at Tapp Middle School before moving to our present location. In November of 1976, the church conference voted to buy land on Hiram-Lithia Springs Road . Easter Son rise service of 1977 was the first service held on the land. Our first VBS was held the same year in our first building, the pavilion.
On our third Homecoming in 1978, we began services in our building in what is now the fellowship hall. Much time had been donated by the men of the church to make this possible.
In the winter of 1980 in a revival under the direction of Dr. Jimmy Lentz we were challenged to be in our sanctuary by revival time next year. In January of 1981, we started holding services in the sanctuary with Bro. Jimmy in revival. We began with metal chairs, spotted sheet rock walls and a cement floor. " Bro. " A", Albert Alexander came on board doing what ever needed to be done.
In 1982 we began having services in our completed sanctuary. The youth ministry of "Saturday Night Life" was also begun. This ministry resulted in many youth being saved and a large number called into the ministry.
In the fall of 1983 the first classes of our school, Total Learning Center , were held. The Lord has blessed the school and it has grown steadily. "Miss Joyce", the pastor's wife started working "part time for the church."
On the first Sunday of January 1990 the bank note for the church property and building were burned. The church has been debt free since that time!
Beginning the church year 1993-94, Pastor Tommy became full-time pastor.
Pastor Jim Vincent was added as full time staff in spring of 1997 and Scott and Melinda Agan were added as part time staff as youth ministers. James Shepherd became the first of our family to be laid to rest in Praise Memorial Gardens .
In 1998, the building team presented to the church the plans for a sports complex and the Total Life Center (a gymnasium and classroom facility). Cindy Noles was added as part time staff as choir director and music department head.
Grading was finished for both the sports complex and the Total Life Center in 1999. The first phase of construction was begun. Marcus Butler and Daniel Youngblood were added as part time staff to help with the youth and Christian Education. Tressia Sturges headed up our Drama ministry. The Con and Mamie Freeman family donated a house to the church for a "youth house.
The year 2000, our 25th anniversary was fabulous. There were approximately 650 in attendance for homecoming activities. TLC Christian School began with over 200 students in attendance. The baseball softball field was completed. Work has begun on the second phase of the Total Life Center . Kristine Huffman came on staff as a volunteer in the area of Christian counseling.
In the year 2001 we dedicated the Total Life Center and the Youth House. The gym, restrooms, four classrooms, stage, and library are finished. Donnie Berry came of staff in charge of maintenance. That's his official title, but he does so much more. Georgia White became the first full time principal of T.L.C. Christian Schools and Praise Academy. The school started at full capacity with over 210 students.
In April the school had an accreditation visiting team visit the school. The school was granted accreditation by the A ssociation of C hristian S chools I nternational (ACSI) in June 2002. ACSI is a member of the Georgia Association of Private Schools Accreditation Counsel. The state accepts this accreditation with all the rights and privileges of any other accreditation organizations such as SACS. The school started with over 230 students. Then in 2004 TLC Christian School/ Praise Academy became SACS accredited.
At the end of 2005, our Jr. High/middle school pastors accepted the called to another church and JP and Alicia Combs became the present Jr. High/middle school pastors.