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Bishop John L. Sanders Biography

Bishop John L. Sanders was the pastor of Zion Tabernacle from 1986 until the Lord called him home on April 26, 2002. He served faithfully for 16 years.


Elder John Sanders was born January 14, 1943 in Jackson, MS. A graduate of the Muskegon Heights Public Schools, he excelled in basketball, making both All-State and All-American. After High School, he attended college at Kentucky Westland College in Orangeboro, Ky., and there he was a most promising freshman player. Later, he began his religious studies under the leadership of Bishop Willie J. Duncan, Sr. D.D., at the Muskegon Bible Institute; completing his religious studies and receiving his P.H.D. from the International College of Grace and Truth.


Elder Sanders was married to Lady Joyce Cotton-Sanders. They were blessed with two sons, Rick and Mark.


Baptized in Jesus name on Monday, June 18, 1979, he received the Holy Ghost the same night. He was called to ministry in October 1979, preaching his first sermon, December 2, 1979. He received his ministerial license August 22, 1981 and was officially ordained April 28, 1984.


During his time of studying with Bishop Duncan at the Muskegon Bible Institute, Elder Sanders went to worship with District Elder Johnnie L. Henderson at Grace Temple Apostolic Faith Church, Inc in Muskegon Hts. He assisted Elder Henderson with his craftsman building skills; building pews, kitchen cabinets, dining room tables, the offertory tables, the podium, pulpit chairs, and other items.


He remained a faithful servant with Elder Henderson until February 1986, when the Lord dealt with him to return (to Revival Tabernacle after Bishop Duncan returned to Indianapolis) to help Deacon David Wimbley and the saints. At this time, Zion was without pastoral leadership.


Upon his return, he renamed the church to the original name of “Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Faith Church” and remained as a faithful servant to the congregation, elevating to the office of Bishop, working diligently to building the kingdom of God until he went on to his home in glory.