Our Purpose

Tabernacle Baptist Church is all about purpose. The Bible gives us a clear purpose to share the message of Jesus Christ within our church, our community, and our world. The purpose of Tabernacle Baptist Church is: “Worship God. Love Others. Reach the World.”

What We Believe

Tabernacle is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), and we are in agreement with The Baptist Faith and Message 2000, a statement of belief adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention. CLICK HERE to view the Baptist Faith and Message. Tabernacle is also affiliated with the Baptist Convention of Maryland Delaware (BCM/D) and the Baltimore Baptist Association (BBA). We believe in, and support, the Cooperative Program in our giving. In addition, we support annual Missions offerings to support missionaries on the Home and Foreign fields.

Our Leaders

The leaders of TBC serve due to the calling that had been placed on their hearts to serve God. We want you to feel comfortable and accepted when you visit. Please say hi to one of the staff listed below when you stop by.

Dr. Ron Smith

Interim Pastor

Welcome Dr. Ron Smith!  Dr. Smith has graciously accepted our offer of Interim Pastor in order to facilitate a smooth transition until the time a new Pastor is decided upon.  Dr. Smith has been married to his lovely wife Fern for over 43 years. They have 3 children, Jami, Tiffany and Ian.  God has blessed he and his wife with 5 grandchildren.  Dr. Smith received his Doctorate of Ministry in 2017, and Master of Divinity Degree in 1987.  He has served most recently as Pastor of First Baptist, Havre de Grace, Maryland.  His service in the pastoral ministry spans nearly four decades.



Dr. Andrew Bell

Former Senior Pastor - Dr. Andrew Bell has received a call on his life and will now be serving as the Senior Pastor of Hampstead Baptist Church. We wish him and his family all the best!

David “DC” Coeyman

Youth Pastor

David “DC” Coeyman and his family started coming to Tabernacle Baptist Church in March of 2022 and he was voted in as the Youth Pastor in May of 2022. David is a native of Essex, Maryland, and grew up “down the street” as a child. Before coming to TBC, David was a deacon at Andover Baptist Church in Linthicum, where he started a ministry with The Baltimore Rescue Mission – Karis House, along with overseeing their outreach programs and a monthly youth group meeting.  David holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Liberty University, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

David has been married to Becca since January 2016 and they have three children: Nathan, Emmett, and Ariella. David has many hobbies which include reading, studying Spanish, playing with his kids, and fishing if he ever gets the time. 

Denise Absalom

Church Secretary


Denise is a lifelong resident of Baltimore, Maryland and has resided in the Essex/Middle River area for over 58 years. She has been with Tabernacle Baptist Church since May 2019. Denise may be reached at the church office on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 410.686.3464

Janice Rudolph


Janice has been with Tabernacle Baptist Church since 1994 and has been employed in the capacity of custodian for 20 years. She is dedicated to doing her very best in everything she does and plays an indispensable role here at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.

Matthew 6:33