In 1941, El Tabernaculo opened its doors in Houston on White St with the Rev. Horacio Menchaca. Rev. Menchaca pastored from 1941-1944, Rev. Josue Garza from 1944-1945, Rev. Antonio Rodriquez 1945-1946, Frank Matta 1946-1949, David Flores 1949-1950, Juan Leon 1950-1954, Santos Herrera 1954-1956, Jose C. Cantu 1956-2009, and Pastor J. Alfaro 2010-Present.

​In 1956, Rev. J. C. Cantu arrived with his family in Houston when the church was located on Chapman St with a Sunday School attendance of about 60 members. In the 1977, the church moved from Chapman St to Bauman Rd, where a sanctuary and classrooms was purchased. Five years later, a larger sanctuary was put to house the growing number of worshippers which totaled to an approximate average of 400 in Sunday School. 

El Tabernaculo now runs three services on Sunday: 9:30am English Service, 11am Spanish Service and 6pm Bilingual Service, with an approximate average of 600 in attendance every Sunday. 

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who we are

Dr. Melissa J. Alfaro Ministry Biography

Phd in Rhetoric from Texas Woman’s University
M.A. in English from Texas Woman’s University
B.S. in Biblical Studies from Southwestern A/G University
Ordained Minister with the Texas Louisiana Hispanic District of A/G
Executive Presbyter for the Assemblies of God (Under 40 Rep)
Invited to White House Briefing on Education and Faith Community
Board of Directors, Christ Mission College (San Antonio, TX)
Blogger for National Church Ministries Publisher- My Healthy Church (Children’s Ministry)
Blogger for Melissa’s Memoirs

TX LA Hispanic District Girls Ministries Director (2010-2018)
Served on the National Girls Ministries Task Force Team (2014-2018)
Recently received the Alumnus Award for Vocational Ministry by Southwestern Assemblies of
God University. Author of Book The Day the Princess Cried , which was revised and rereleased in
April 2017 with a complete study guide/small group guide.

During her time at Texas Woman’s University she was awarded the Edgar Dean Literary
Endowment for her excellence in academics and for her exposition on a piece of literature.  Her
Master’s degree was awarded to her after successful completion of her thesis entitled, The
Oppression and Deliverance of Women in Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street.  Her
thesis focuses on the treatment of women in various ethnic communities and discusses the
cultural constraints that hinder women from reaching their full potential. In 2008, Pastor Melissa
published her first book, The Day the Princess Cried: The Diaries of the Biblical Princess of
Lamentations and has been a contributing author of Nuestra Gente, a magazine directed to the
Latin community in the Houston area.

In 2012 she received her Phd in Rhetoric from Texas Woman’s University after completion of her dissertation entitled, Breaking the Silence: A Rhetorical Analysis of Selected Works by Sandra Cisneros and Toni Morrison Through the Lens of Northrop Frye's Rhetorical Theories of Speech and Style where she examines the topic of the female voice through various literary works by ethnic writers, applying the rhetorical theories of Northrop Frye as a means of enlightening and empowering the audience to examine their communities and realize the ramifications of silence and the power that exists in the utterance of one voice. 

Before moving to Houston to Pastor alongside her husband, Alfaro spent 10 years
working in education as a teacher, staff development presenter, and district middle school
English as a Second Language coordinator. In collaboration with the public school
district, she was able to initiate mentoring leadership programs for at-risk students. She
continues to pour into the education system while serving at the local church by finding
ways to create church-school partnerships and provide professional development and
motivational speaking when called upon to do so.

Presently Dr. Melissa Alfaro, and her husband of 16 years, Rev. J. Alfaro, serve as the
Senior Pastors of El Tabernaculo Assembly of God in Houston, Texas. She is a writer and
blogger for the Assemblies of God publication church resource My Healthy Church and
loves to chronicle her personal journey on her blog Melissa’s Memoirs. It is her desire to
help individuals draw closer to God as they live out their God-given purpose and enjoy
the journey. Her newest and greatest assignment and delight is being “mommy” to her
baby boy—J. David III.

Pastor J. Alfaro and Dr. Melissa Alfaro have served as as Lead Pastors of El Tabernaculo AD (Tab Church Houston) since Jan. 2010. Tab Church is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual church located in the heart of the Houston Northside community. El Tabernaculo is one of Houston's Historical churches and has served the Houston Northside community for almost 80 yrs. 

Pastor J. Alfaro

Lead Pastor of El Tabernaculo AD Church. He is an Ordained minister of the A/G &  with the TXLA Hispanic District. A graduate of Christ  Mission College SA,TX (Salutatorian), has a B.S. and M.A. from (SAGU) in Theology.  Currently working on Doctorate of Ministry. Sits on CMC Presidents Board


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pastor j. & dr. melissa alfaro