Proclaiming the GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST to the 50,000 people living in Brookings and the 35-mile radius around it.
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Church Vision & History

God had called Pastor Dave Kaufman to the ministry after his conversion in a night club in January 1974. Pastor Kaufman spent a year ministering for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a couple of years directing a Teen Challenge halfway house ministry, and a few years in the business community.

At the leading of the Holy Spirit, Dave and Jeanne moved back to the Brookings area and stepped out in faith in March 1981 to pioneer the Holy Life Tabernacle Church ministry. They also started the area's only full-line Christian bookstore at the same time and after it was established in 1984, they turned it over to private ownership.

They believed the call of God on their lives and rented local convention rooms to host Sunday services. Starting without a congregation or regular support, they trusted God to bless and provide for His church. As Pastor Dave and Jeanne were faithful, God built a solid nucleus of believers.

A permanent home for the growing church didn't materialize right away so they rented convention rooms and set up equipment for over nine years. Even without their own facility, they held crusades and outreaches to the Brookings area and delivered 55,000 gospel tracts with Good News to people in this region. Land was acquired in 1989 and a new church facility was built in Brookings in 1990. The ministries of the congregation expanded and the membership grew with the new visibility in the community

Pastor Dave and Jeanne have ministered in numerous countries, so their vision to reach the world has helped many in the congregation to take missions trips.

Holy Life Tabernacle became debt-free in the mid-1990's and God laid on Pastor Dave's heart to encourage other pastors and leaders so that the Body of Christ could be blessed. God has supernaturally given Pastor Dave and Jeanne a Barnabas ministry of encouragement. Wherever they go, people are blessed, refreshed and revived.

The vision to start the Midwest Pastors Conferences came in 1995. Since that moment, hundreds of pastors, evangelists, teachers, musicians, and elders have attended conferences twice a year from several states. Our pastors believe in seed faith. They have planted and watered tirelessly and God has blessed abundantly providing for all of the human and financial resources to bless hundreds in the ministry today.

The Holy Life Tabernacle church ministry is debt free. We believe that God is abundantly blessing us and many other ministries that are proclaiming His Word. We are planning to build a sanctuary addition to our present facilities in the future. This addition includes: 500 seat sanctuary, expanded offices, nursery rooms, additional Sunday School and meeting rooms. Our present building will become a youth ministry center and a fellowship hall.

Money that is spent blessing our children, our families, our community, and the Body of Christ is well-spent. God wants to bless us so that we can be a greater blessing to others. In the Lord's hands, our future is glorious and the ministry is full of expectation.

We encourage you to partner with us in fellowship. Come and experience the presence of the Lord every week in a lively Biblical setting. When Jesus Christ touches your life, you will never be the same. Remember our service times.