The Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear, a man of God, a man of prayer, a man anointed by God. Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear founded True Gospel Tabernacle Church in 1985, when he answered God’s Call to the Pastorate. Being led of the Lord and empowered by the Holy Spirit, he has been steadfast and unmovable in keeping the great Great Commission and serving the people of God in the Church, throughout the Community, those incarcerated and abroad.
Aside from the pastorate at True Gospel Tabernacle Church of God In Christ, which is now located at 16th & Mifflin St. in South Philadelphia, he is the Host of True Gospel Time Broadcast, a daily radio program currently heard daily in the Delaware Valley area. He is also the Principal of True Gospel Tabernacle Learning Center, a state licensed pre-school and grade school, and the president of True Gospel Tabernacle Institute of Bible and Ministry.
As “God’s Gospel Saxophonist,” he finds the time to preach locally at other churches and to travel across the country and abroad, sharing his Evangelistic Anointing as a preacher and a gifted musician.
With the intent to be fully equipped for the work of the ministry, Bishop McNear attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and is a graduate of Geneva College at CUTS (Center for Urban Theological Studies), where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and he is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree. He received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. He is a professor at LTSP and LBC@CUTS, teaching Biblical Studies and Urban Ministry.
Bishop McNear firmly believes in the power of “touching and agreeing on earth” and he attributes the foundation of his strength and faith in Christ to be built on a consistent and fervent prayer life at home with his wife and helpmate, Evangelist Barbara McNear. He is the dedicated father of Elder Vance McNear, daughter Keneysha Cornish, and son-in-law, Justin Cornish and loving grandfather of six grandchildren, Amber, David, Olivia, Vance Jr., Elizabeth and Justin Jr. But most of all, The Right Reverend Doctor Ernest McNear is a man who Loves God, Loves God’s Word and Loves God’s People.
Rev. Dr. McNear has been consecrated a Bishop in the capacity of Prelate of the Philadelphia Jurisdiction and the Ghana Jurisdiction in West Africa, which is comprised of forty-two churches and two grade schools.