There was a group of devout saints in Inman, praying for God to send them a leader. Bishop Smallwood E. Williams heard about them, and knowing that Bishop Randolph Jackson was from the Inman area, contacted him and asked if he would go to South Carolina to help them. In 1960, he traveled back and forth between D.C. and South Carolina for a brief period. His sister, Kathleen, and her husband, Willie James Rookard, opened their home to let Bishop Jackson stay with their family. Services were held from house to house for a while and God’s anointing was so powerful that people were standing on the outside trying to get in. Many times services lasted until after midnight. The ‘house to house’ prayer band eventually heard of a building for rent, on Daniel Morgan Avenue in Spartanburg. They rented it and began holding services there. Everywhere they went, the ministry attracted crowds and the services were standing room only. Even the church on Daniel Morgan Avenue was filled to capacity, thus seeing the need to start saving money in order to build a new church. The spirit of God led Bishop Randolph Jackson to walk across the ground he wanted to build a church on. He took a Joshua walk in the area where the church now sits. There were those who made it difficult for them to purchase the land but God honors His word and in the winter of 1965, construction of the new church began, and in the Spring of 1966 the saints conducted their first church service. Many miracles took place and some family members were healed while others were delivered from various addictions. Sunday night services were soon filled to capacity with many onlookers who found they enjoyed the services so much, they found it hard to leave. Many said, “those Bible Way people are crazy, but yet they came to the services and some of those same people eventually yielded to the preached word of God and received the baptism in Jesus name, were filled with the Holy Ghost and became a part of the Bible Way Family. Ground breaking ceremony for our present edifice in which we now worship took place on September 1983 and dedicated November 2, 1991 with Apostle Lawrence G. Campbell officiating. A few years following this, God directed Bishop Jackson to change the church name to Greater Bible Way Tabernacle Miracle Temple. It was unanimously voted on and adopted.
Our founding pastor was a man of great faith and became a national evangelist who traveled throughout the United States, and earned the nickname, “Hurricane/Thunderbolt” Jackson. After a long illness, Bishop Randolph Jackson went on to be with the Lord, October 31, 1999. Before leaving, he made known his wishes that the Assistant Pastor (District Elder Willie E. Rookard); now Apostle, become pastor of our church.
This church’s goals are to reach out to Inman and surrounding communities, enriching the lives of many, teaching them to become purpose driven!