In May of 1984 a small building that housed a five-member congregation was placed in the hands of Pastor Jim Cymbala, Senior Pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle, with one stipulation: the owner requested the structure solely be utilized for the work of the Lord. Agreeing to these terms, Pastor Cymbala needed a man to shepherd the new work that God would birth in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn. Pastor Cymbala and the leadership of the Brooklyn Tabernacle began to pray and seek God for who that person would be. After much prayer, they sensed the Holy Spirit directing their attention to a couple who faithfully headed their street and youth ministries.
Michael and Maria Durso would be chosen by the Lord to spearhead this new venture. Newly ordained, Pastor Michael and Maria were sent out with a small team to start this task. They cried out to God for souls and used the vehicle of street concerts to reach the lost. After outgrowing their previous space, God opened a door for them to purchase and occupy the former Belvedere Theater located on 64-34 Myrtle Ave in Queens, New York. Christ Tabernacle was planted on mothers day weekend, May 12, 1985.
Today we have eight weekend gatherings across two New York City campuses; one in Glendale and another in Bushwick. Thousands of people gather across every age and stage of life. Our home is multi-cultural and multi-generational. Over the past three decades Christ Tabernacle has been committed to its mission of reaching the lost, growing believers, and transforming communities. What began as a popular compliment has now become our church’s motto: ‘No Place Like Home.’