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Our Story

You may be new here. But you’re not alone.

In May of 1984 a small building that housed a 5 member congregation was placed in the hands of Pastor Jim Cymbala, senior pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle with one stipulation. The owner requested that 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 headed their street and youth ministries faithfully. 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. Drawing from the many lessons the Lord had taught them in the training field of street evangelism, they cried out to God for souls and used the vehicle of street concerts to reach the lost. Many people came to have personal encounters with Jesus Christ and the congregation grew rapidly. It became apparent that the building could not house all the needs of those attending and they would soon need a new facility. The church lifted up their requests to the Lord and once again the family of Christ Tabernacle would see evidence of God’s faithfulness.

As a result, God provided a new building for the vastly growing congregation. In April of 1996 they would have their first service in the new building, an auditorium that seats 1,000 at 64-34 Myrtle Ave in Glendale, NY. Within a short period of time however, it became necessary to implement additional services to accommodate the still expanding number of people who attend and are being transformed by the power of God. The church is excited about this new opportunity to reach hurting people for Jesus Christ.

core values

what we stand for
JESUS: Is Our Message

Jesus is our message for all seasons, at all times, to all people.

PEOPLE: Are our Heart

Our heart is for all people. Our doormat says, “Welcome Home" and that applies to everyone.

GENEROSITY: Is Our Way of Life

We believe “everything” we have and own is a gift from God. In turn, we believe offering our time, talent and treasure to the local church is our gift back to God.


We are going to always do the best with what we have. We're on time, engaged and prepared. We don't do things half way. Whatever we do, it's to the best of our ability.


Jesus is our model for servant leadership. He led by serving others and by serving others he led them. Every role is different but each one is important and valuable.

HONOR: Is Our Calling

We are vocal with our honor, meaning we are not stingy with our words. We choose joyfully to submit to those God has placed over us. We honor and care for those God has placed under us.


We unapologetically rely on the leading and empowerment of God’s spirit in all matters related to His church and this life.

PRAYER: Is Our Hallmark

We know God is in control and in every little detail he is close. Prayer keeps us connected to Jesus our SOURCE.


our beliefs

jesus at the center
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in deter- mining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, per- formed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philip- pians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5).
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colos- sians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).

leadership team

who we are

Christ Tabernacle is one church in seven locations and two languages on mission to reach, grow and transform our community.