Founder & Overseer Emeritus

Dr. Eloise L. Young


Born one of seven children to Daniel and Helen Young, Dr. Young grew up in the Fairview Greenburgh area, where she attended Greenburgh/White Plains Public Schools.   Dr. Young gave her life to God and at the age of 22 having received a divine call to serve in the ministry.

To prepare herself, Dr. Young enrolled at Manhattan Bible Institute in New York City under the auspices of the late Dr. Edward Boise, where she began her religious studies.  She later received an undergraduate degree in Theology and a Masters in Religious Education.  Dr. Young also holds a Certificate of Counseling from New York Theological Seminary; she is also a graduate of the Westchester Business School and an Honors graduate of The College of New Rochelle, where she received her Bachelor of Arts & Science Degree in the Humanities.  The culmination of her Christian Education journey is an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Christian Bible Center in Bloomfield, New Jersey. 

Rev. Dr. Young has served as Chaplain of the Westchester County, which involved counseling residents of the various County institutions, located in Valhalla, namely, the Department of Corrections, the Psychiatric Institute, the Geriatric Center and the Westchester Medical Center. A businesswoman in her own right, Rev. Young owned and operated Religious Hut, the first Christian Bookstore in the town of Greenburgh, she later also opened up Shekinah Bible and Books in the heart of Dobbs Ferry.

A forerunner and trailblazer of the gospel, Dr. Eloise L. Young has taken the message to inner city street corners, beneath tents and into affluent communities nationwide, crossing racial lines and cultures even sharing the gospel via the Vision of Hope Telecast Ministry, a weekly telecast that aired via Public Access in Port Chester, Greenburgh, White Plains and Yonkers.

Dr. Young’s impact has been far reaching and a dissertation expounding her religious beliefs and philosophy has been placed in the Law Library at Harvard University.

Dr. Eloise L. Young has lived a passionate life of prayer for over 50 years. Rev Young has pursued excellence in her Christian life style and has lived to give God glory during her 48 years of pastoral ministry and service.

In 1977 Rev. Young was led by God to join the Tabernacle of Prayer for all people, where the late Apostle Johnny Washington was overseer.  Ten years of tent revivals and the creation of the Tabernacle Bible Institute brought many souls to Christ.  The church grew so much that by 1981 we had to relocate to the Westchester County Center.  The Tabernacle was truly a portable sanctuary.  Pastor Young had church services in almost every room in the County Center including the garage.

During her 48 years of ministry Overseer Young has been a mentor to thousands, a church planter, a ministry developer, a leader and advisor, compassionate pastor, a great example, a loving mother, auntie, sister-in-law, and grandmother.  Wherever we were, Pastor Young never forgot, “Prayer brought me here!”  Rev. Young has been a beacon of hope to thousands in the tri-state area and especially in White Plains, Greenburgh, and Westchester County. The life of Dr. Young has touched tens of thousands of people all of whom have become better citizens, better parents, proficient teachers, excellent leaders and mentors and saints of the most high God.