Dr. Mario D. Ford
Mario Duane Ford was born on September 6th 1979 in Madison County, Alabama. He was raised by his mother the late Mrs. Constance J. Ford, grandmother the late Mrs. Ethel Mae Ford, and godparents the late Elder John B. and the late Arcie Townsend.
Pastor Ford confessed hope in Christ in March of 1992 and was baptized at the Taylor’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church under the pastorate of the Elder James Lane; under whom he also accepted his call into the Gospel Ministry in November of 1992.
He is married to the former Eranika Natasha Wray; they are the proud parents of Sydnee and Orlando.
Pastor Ford received his pre-collegiate education in the Huntsville School System; he furthered his education in studies at Andersonville Baptist Seminary, Calhoun Community College, and Huntsville Bible College. He has received four earned degrees: Bachelor of Theology (2008), Master of Theology (2010), Doctorate of Ministry (2013) and Master of Ministry (2018).
Moving at God’s command, he left the Taylor’s Chapel Church family and united with the Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Elder Dr. William T. Gladys, where he was ordained as an Elder in October of 1996.
During this time, in addition to serving as associated minister of Saint Bartley, he became active in the Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Association Youth Congress where he served as Chaplin, Parliamentarian, and President. Through God’s grace, under his administration, the Youth Congress blossomed establishing the Brian K. Williams Scholarship Fund as well as the Indian Creek Praise and Worship Youth Choir.
Pastor Ford was elected to the pastorate of the Saint Minor Primitive Baptist Church in Guntersville, Alabama in June of 2001; formerly, pastored by his colleague and counselor the late Elder Lawrence Childress.
During this same year tragedy stuck the life of Elder Ford while he was in attendance at the National Primitive Baptist Convention; a life-threatening accident sought to prematurely end his ministry however, God intervened and would not let it be so!
He made a complete recovery and resumed duties as Pastor of Saint Minor Primitive Baptist Church.
Under his Pastorate the Church strived daily for higher heights and deeper depths in Christ; the membership continued to grow through the addition of new members, establishment of ministries and the devolvement of the saints.
In addition to serving as Pastor of Saint Minor, Elder Ford has served as vice-chairman of the Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Association Evangelistic Board, as well as the Assistant Dean of the Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Association Educational Board.
Pastor Ford is a man of social consciousness, which is evidenced in his contributions to civic and religious causes; in 2012 he was awarded a Key to the City of Guntersville, Alabama for his efforts there.
The Lord favored Pastor Ford to have a life changing experience in Havana, Cuba in 2018 while on a mission trip; there he was blessed to preach the word at Baracoa United Methodist Church and witness a spiritual awakening among the Cuban people which quickened his own spirit.
On Wednesday, August 7th 2019, Pastor Ford was elected the 4th Pastor of the Douglas Tabernacle Primitive Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama succeeding his lifetime friend and mentor Elder Robert L. Rogers, Sr. Under his leadership the Church has witnessed an increase in membership and innovation in ministry.
In addition to his duties at Douglas Tabernacle, Dr. Ford serves as an adjunct professor at the Huntsville Bible College; Vice-President of the Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Fellowship; Bible Expositor of the Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Association; General Secretary of the Tri-State Primitive Baptist Convention, and a member of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, U.S.A.
Pastor Ford’s aim is neither fortune nor fame; rather, to serve this present age, his calling to fulfill.
Elder Richmond Malone
Richmond Malone affectionately known as "Noonbay" was born on September 15, 1951, to the late Eldridge and Margaret Malone.
He matriculated through the Huntsville City School System ending with Butler High School. He furthered his education by attending Drake State Technical College where he earned a Barbering certification in 1973. During this time he met and married the love of his life, Deborah B. Malone, and to this union three children were born: Nicole, Tonya, and Keon.
Noonbay confessed hope in Christ in 1967. He later united with Douglas Tabernacle under the leadership of Reverend Anderson Douglas. Noonbay enjoyed working for the Lord and served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, choir member, and musician.
Noonbay has a gift for music and sung with the Gospel Imperials for many years
Noonbay was no stranger to the ministry and accepted his calling July 13, 2008, at Douglas Tabernacle under the pastorship of the late Elder Robert Rogers, Sr. After being mentored by Elder Rogers. Elder Malone was ordained in the Indian Creek PB Association.
He was elected as the Pastor of Mt. Oilive P.B. Church in Winchester, TN. Noonbay was installed in July 2012 and served their congregation for five years. He returned to Douglas Tabernacle in 2018 as an Associate Minister. Elder Malone served as the Interim Pastor of Douglas Tabernacle from January 2019 until August 2019. He continues to serve as Associate Minister of Douglas Tabernacle.
His favorite scripture is Romans 8:35-37 - "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? Even as it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; We were accounted as sheep for slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."
Noonbay's motto is "Be you at all times"
Elder Billy Jones
Elder Billy Jones is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He was born to the late Elijah and Louise Jones.
He began preaching in 1990 and has been in the pastoral ministry since 1996. He served as the Pastor of Saint James Primitive Baptist Church located in Huntsville, Alabama for twenty-two years. Presently, Elder Jones serves as an Associate Minister of Douglas Tabernacle.
Elder Jones studied at the Huntsville Bible College, from which he earned an Associate's Degree in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry.
Elder Jones' commitment is to teach the whole Word of God. His passion for people and his desire to reach the lost are evident in the way he communicates Bible truths and his ability to get right to important issues.
He and his wife, Diane, have been married since 1976. They are the proud parents of two adult children; Shameta Jones Harrell and Billy Jones, Jr (BJ). Additionally, they are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren: Mikalah, Preston, Ayden, and Gracelynn.