This world is blessed by the presence of a humble man who has given himself whole-heartedly to the work of God.He
is a conduit through which the love of God flows to the four corners of the world to touch the lives of people of all nationalities.I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. (I Cor. 9 : 22-23) These scriptures can appropriately be applied to a leader with a genuine vision and burden to minister to all aspects of humanity.
Known and respected worldwide, Rev. James L. Kilgore is truly a doer of God's Word, as his
namesake ascribes in James
1 : 22, Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only. The apostle James further expounds, Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you.Let him shew out of a good conversation his
works with meekness of wisdom.But wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy..
...JAMES L. KILGORE
, as Paul of old, is a man of sacrifice, ready to spend and to be spent for the work of God.
On September 16, 1950, James
and Imogene (Ima) were married, and that same week, they moved to Paris, Texas, to pastor a congregation of about 15 members, all of whom had been saved in C. P. Dad Kilgore's ministry.And so it was, from the very beginning, Pastor James Kilgore
was reaping the harvest his
father before him had sown.The congregation was happy to welcome their new pastor and his
wife as the young couple was to serve such a wonderful group of people.Ima Kilgore once commented that their acceptance...their patience with her
youth and inexperience...was an act of kindness surpassed only by their love. The church experienced revival and growth as they prayed, fasted and worked under the leadership of Pastor James Kilgore
During 1957, Pastor Kilgore realized that God was calling him to yet another place.After much prayer and with heavy hearts he
, with his
wife and their two daughters, Jan and Jean, left Paris to accept the call of the Lord to become the pastor of Life Tabernacle in Houston.Their arrival marked the beginning of a beautiful relationship between a small group of believers eager to work for God and a pastor who was ready to lead the people as he
was led by His
A spirit of unity that has prevailed through the years contributed to the making of a strong and fruitful church.By example, Pastor Kilgore led the church into a deeper prayer life and a greater burden for soul winning.He
fondly remembers the Saturday morning outreach efforts as some of the greatest moments in Life Tabernacle history.It was evident on Sunday mornings, he
recalls, that the saints had participated in door-knocking and visitation the previous Saturday, because their faces were shining from the fire of witnessing still burning in their souls.
Volkswagen van and filled it with children to bring to Sunday school.Eventually, there was a need for another van...then a bus...and two buses...until the church had a fleet of 20.Sunday school attendance increased dramatically as time progressed, and at the same time, Life Tabernacle was in continuous revival, with many souls added to the church.
Today, Life Tabernacle has approximately 5, 000 members assembled in congregations across the city.There are several Spanish-speaking churches that have flourished out of the mother church, as well.
When Pastor James L. Kilgore
speaks of the continual revival spirit in Life Tabernacle, he
feels that he
is reaping the harvest his
father, C. P. Kilgore, sowed so many years ago.Pastor Kilgore describes his
father as a man of prayer, a man who loved the Word of God, and a man who recognized the eternal value of a soul.The spiritual foundation of Life Tabernacle has cornerstones forged in the life of C. P. Kilgore and imparted to the ministry of his
It has been said that the measure of a man's character is not only what he
has received from his
ancestors, but also what he
leaves those who follow.Pastor Kilgore has extended his
father's ministry into the life of his
own son, James L. (Jim
) Kilgore II, who now serves with him in the church.The night Pastor Jim Kilgore
was elected as co-pastor of Life Tabernacle was a happy moment for Pastor Kilgore.It feels terrific to have him by my side ; nobody would know the heartbeat of the pastor better than his
own son.My son has helped to take care of some of my daily workload.This releases me to attend important meetings and conferences.There are many things he
does behind the scenes that are never recognized.Jim
grew up with the vision, burden and drive that I had.I feel that same spirit and attitude falling upon his
There are many commendable qualities, traits and characteristics that I admire about him that serves as a source of strength and support.One, is his
sincere love for people ; he
loves everybody-children, young people, the elders, etc.He
was always very respectful to the elders as a little boy, and this just carried over into his
will never criticize people, and he
always finds something good in a person.If someone is down and out, he
has a way of lifting that individual up.In reference to this local church and pastorate, Jim
and Nancy are instrumental and effective sources of support and encouragment to everyone..
As we approach the coming of the Lord, Pastor Kilgore is encouraging our church to embrace a theme of Aiming Higher...Loving Deeper...Going Further. Life Tabernacle stands ready to meet the challenge of taking the gospel into the year 2000 and beyond, with the same enthusiasm, dedication and love exemplified through the past 42 years by Pastor James L. Kilgore
Pastor Kilgore, you have repetitively exhorted, Good, better, best, never let it rest, until the good gets better and the better gets best! In reference to our pastor, we feel that we do indeed, have the best.On behalf of the Life Tabernacle church family, we take this opportunity to express to you the following sentiments :.
I am glad I lived to rub shoulders with James Kilgore
, a very special person in very special leadership in the United Pentecostal Church.He
not only is the pastor of Life Tabernacle, Houston, Texas, and the District Superintendent of the great state of Texas, but for many years prior to his
election to his
present District post, he
was the Assistant General Superintendent of the Western District of the United Pentecostal Church International.I can honestly say that this man blessed my life and the lives of my family by his
dutiful, loyal, faithfulness in the high post of leadership that he
held for many years.
Brother Kilgore is a man who loves the Apostolic truth.He
is an outstanding friend, and many depend on his
prayers and his
consummate commitment to the cause of Jesus Christ.He
is a church builder and man of sterling example, who typifies a love for Jesus Christ.Brother Kilgore has been a friend to preachers, both young and old, and he
shows thoughtful interest in all the people he
is a servant of the servants of Jesus Christ.
I am personally very happy that Brother Kilgore is my friend and beloved brother in the Lord.My wife has always said, Brother Kilgore is just like Jesus.' No greater compliment can be given to a man.The United Pentecostal Church would not be what it is today if it had not been for our beloved Brother James Kilgore and his
good wife, Sister Imogene, and the contributions they have made to the our organization.We rise up and call him blessed, and say, Thank you, man of God, for what you are and who you are to all of us..
Such is the legacy of James L. Kilgore
has been my close friend for more than 40 years, and I can truly say, he
is a man of kindness, integrity and love.He
is gracious, organized, responsible and energetic.When you put the first letter of each of these attributes together they spell Kilgore. James L. Kilgore is one of the finest Christians I have ever known.I am glad to be called his