Pastor of the Week
Rev. George McRae: A man of God loving God’s people
Gigi Tinsley | 5/15/2014, 9 a.m.
In too many instances, when a man or woman reaches the plateau of having a street named after him or her, their story written up in The Miami Times as well as The Wall Street Journal, being asked to speak in Germany, South and West Africa, Israel, Egypt, England, France, the Virgin Island, North and South Korea and numerous places in the U.S., their attitudes would be pious and self-righteous. Not the man who is the spiritual leader of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church at 1701 NW 66th St. He is just the opposite.
George E. McRae was born and raised in Palatka, FL. and graduated from their Central Academy High School. He became pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist in Palatka and served there from 1968-1970 before he and his young wife, Mary, left for Daytona Beach, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bethune-Cookman College while serving as the pastor of Shiloh Baptist in that city.
McRae also has a Master of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, 1984; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, 1993. His doctoral dissertation was entitled, The Triangle of Death in the African American Community: Drugs, Prison, HIV/AIDS.
In April 1989, by a majority vote, McRae was elected to become the senior pastor of Mt. Tabor where he remains, with the blessings and support of the congregation.
When McRae came to serve as the senior pastor at Mt. Tabor the first ministry he focused on was Feeding. “I have, since entering the ministry 55 years ago, assisted anyone I knew was in need and I or the ministry was able to help,” McRae said. ”When I came to Mt. Tabor I knew I would do the same but, I never imagined the need would be so great. There were people in the neighborhood scrounging food from garbage cans.”
In addition to the Feeding Ministry, there are 10 other ministries under the Mt Tabor umbrella: Health, HIV/AIDS, Job (Bereavement), Prison/Angel, Shoe Box, Sick and Shut-in, Street and Substance Abuse.
The 10th ministry, United Men (UMM), was founded by Deacon Robert C. Greene and he serves as its president.
The greatness of this ministry is that it is “non-denominational, incorporated, visits a different church every fourth Sunday and when a member has death in his immediate family, the UMM takes care of the family’s preparatory dinner, and the repast after the funeral.” The group tries to involve churches throughout Miami-Dade County. “Two men from each church are requested to become members,” Greene said. “Our vision is to get involved in the lives of the boys of each church. We believe ‘when boys are raised men are born.’”
When asked what he thought about his pastor, McRae, Greene, without hesitation said, “He is a man of God, doing God’s will and loving God’s people. It’s a joy to serve under a man like Pastor McRae.”
Rubye L. Franklin describes herself as “just a loyal member of Mt. Tabor.” McRae describes her as so much more. “She was here when I arrived.” Franklin has been a member of Mt. Tabor for 45 years and serves on the Usher Board, Missionary Dept. and was a member of the Pulpit Search Committee 25 years ago. “He’s (McRae) is dynamite. Two of things I like about Pastor is that he is a listener and he doesn’t have body guards. Everyone is the same to him, whether they look bad and smell bad, he hugs them all.”
Mt. Tabor is also the home church of Senator Carrie P. Meek, (retired) and her son, former State Representative Kendrick Meek and their family.
McRae’s four walls, in his office, are covered with plaques and awards, including ones from Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and the Commission, proclaiming the great accomplishments he has made.
To honor McRae on his 25th anniversary and for 55 years of dedicated service in pastoral ministry an extensive program has been planned nightly at 7: Mon., May 12, Rev. Douglas Cook, Jordan Grove M.B.; Tue., May 13, Rev. Edward Mitchell, Zion Hope M.B.; Wed., May 14, Rev. Carol Nah, Bethel Apostolic Temple; Thurs., May 15, Rev. C.P. Preston, Peaceful Zion M.B.; Fri., May 16, Rev. Billy Strange, Mt. Calvary M.B.
Then on, Wed. May 21, Rev. Richard Dunn, Faith Community M.B.; Thurs., May 22, Rev. Howard Rose, Greater Fellowship M.B.; Fri, May 23, Rev. Larry Lovett, Antioch M.B.; and Sun., May 25 at 4 p.m., Rev. C.E. Glover, Mt. Bethel M.B., Ft. Lauderdale.
The public is invited to all of the services. Call 305-693-0653 for additional information