Jerry at their church
Lorinda Lee was
the middle child and probably the most even tempered and leveled headed of us
all. I suppose having to give to her younger siblings and take from the
older ones conditioned her for the life she now lives as a minister's wife.
She married Jerry Paul Grubbs at a very young age so they have been together for
most of their lives. They pastor Faith Tabernacle Church in Lincoln Park,
Michigan. Jerry's dad established the church in downtown Detroit and
pastored for more than forty years. Jerry became pastor after his dad died
a few years ago.
"When we were
and their growing family
Still growing. .
. . . .
Back: Jerry Lee &
Billie, Ken & Karen, Kenny, Shanna & David
Kevin, Alanna, D. J., Lorinda, Ashley, Jerry, Misty, Crystle
The kids are all nearly
in their teens now, another talented generation.
They have three
children: Karen, Jerry Lee and David. Karen lives just a lawn away
from her parents and Jerry Lee lives in nearby Allen Park. David lives in
consists of her husband, Ken Jacobs; sons Kenny, Kevin and Keith; and one
Jerry Lee is
married to Billie Crook and they have three girls: Misty, Crystle and
David and Shanna
have three children: Alanna, David Jerry (D.J.) and Jarrett.
David, Jerry Lee, Karen
All of the
family have been active in church activities all their lives and they are all
very talented in music and singing, together or individually.
Both Jerry Lee
and David are ministers and sometimes help their dad out with speaking
engagements at Faith Tabernacle.
Jerry, Jerry Lee
talented sons and some of their church folks have completely remodeled their
church. Jerry is skilled in many different areas, so they were able to do
almost all of the work themselves. He also used his skills at their home
in Lincoln Park and transformed their basement into an activity center for
family and friends. They collect "Coke" items and have them tastefully
ready for guests at their 43rd wedding anniversary celebration
years in 2002
More of Jerry
and family's handiwork
Jerry, with some
help from his sons and son-in-law, built this cabin on the church camp grounds
on Ohio. A nice, relaxing get-away when they can find the time.
"Those were the
Even in their
teen years, they knew~~~~~~
Burdine Elementary School until they moved to Detroit.
Lorinda on her
tippy-toe during Burdine School days
This young lady
turned out to be a very talented musician at the piano and organ and singing.
She, Jerry and their family are all talented in various musical instruments and
A few years ago
She's always been a
Don't let her quite
beauty fool you. She has depth that is not always obvious, because she
sits back and supports everyone else. But she has a "light side" too, and
I talked her into allowing her "Memories" to be published here. Maybe she
will relent and release some of her more serious writings too.
CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF LETCHER
Then--when these memories were
The mountains; They were so high
It seemed like the trees reached
up to the sky.
The “holler” in which we lived
And the house with the big porch
on the side of the hill.
Swinging on grapevines,
Hog killing time.
June bugs on a string,
Dogwoods blooming in the spring.
Making mud pies, chasing
Church bells ringing,
Good gospel singing,
Fried chicken on Sunday,
Washday on Monday,
Picking blackberries and dodging
Swimming and fishing in the lake,
All day’s meetin’ and dinner on
Such a good time as the saints
Ice cream and watermelon on the
fourth of July,
Going on picnics, eating homemade
Drawing water from the well,
Front porch swings and lots of
Chopping kindlin’ and carrying
buckets of coal,
Going to the outhouse in the cold
Breaking beans and shucking corn,
Going to Sunday school every
Marbles and hopscotch and school
Hoping for a report card with at
least one “S.”
Wading barefoot in the creek,
Slipping on rocks, watching frogs
Catching lightning bugs in the
Marking jewelry with a spark
Pinto beans and cornbread,
Sleeping in grandma’s big
Now--Enjoying all the memories~~
Jerry and Lorinda's
Rev. Jerry P and Lorinda Grubbs
FAITH TABERNACLE CHURCH
Lincoln Park, Michigan
On May 29, 1954, Rev. Paul and Vergel Grubbs embarked on a
41-year journey that began on Junction Street in Detroit, Michigan. The door of
Church of God M.A. opened because Rev. Grubbs felt that God had called him to
start a church in Detroit. He had pastored in Tennessee and Ohio, but he felt
that he should move to Detroit with his family, Ina, Gloria, Mary and Jerry.
Jerry's Dad and Mom
Rev. Paul and Vergel Grubbs
In August 1959, the church purchased property on Vernor
Avenue in Detroit and renovated it into a beautiful worship center. Over a
period of time, the majority of their members lived in Lincoln Park, Michigan; so
the decision was made to move to Lincoln Park in 1987. With help of volunteer
workers, the building soon became another beautiful place to worship.
Some of the congregation
In 1992, Rev. Paul Grubbs retired and his son, Rev. Jerry
P. Grubbs assumed leadership of the church. About three years later, Rev. Paul
Grubbs was called home to be with the Lord he has served so faithfully.
Rev. Paul Grubbs
Many more renovations have taken place at the church.
Most of the work has been done by the dedicated members who volunteered their
time, energy and finances.
The church celebrated its fiftieth anniversary this year and
honored six people (above) who were charter members and still active in the church today: Vergel Grubbs, Lina Ferrell, Ina Mosher, Pastor
Jerry Grubbs, Gloria Wright and Phyllis Ferrell.
Rev. Jerry P. and Lorinda Grubbs
The church continues to grow and affect the community.
Rev. Jerry P. and Lorinda (Adams) Grubbs are still at the helm and plans are to
proceed “full speed ahead” with no thoughts of slowing down.
They are both multi-talented in playing musical
instruments and singing.
Copyright Delores Adams 2/3/04
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