Bishop A.T. Blassingame
Born in Augusta, Georgia to the late Reverend J. V. Blassingame JR., a Baptist minister and a Gospel promoter and the late Evangelist Adeline Blassingame, a minister of F. B. H. Church. Albert Blassingame attended the young people meeting in both churches. In the summer he went to the Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church for Vacation Bible School. Albert got his multiple faith experience through all three churches. After the death of his mother Adeline, Albert moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he lived with his aunt and older brother. He attended the Philadelphia Vocational Training School. At the age of seventeen he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior and became a member of the Mount Zion F. B. H. Church. In 1953 he was drafted in the United States Army where he served as a tank driver and a scout. He boxed as an amateur light heavyweight. After being discharged in 1955 he returned back to Philadelphia. In 1956 he was called to the ministry and was licensed by Elder B. B. Bowman. Previous to meeting his wife Ledia Brooks, Albert T. Blassingame had a son, the late Bishop Garfield Hart. He met and married Ledia Brooks in 1956 and through that union was born four children, Albert Tyrone, Calvin Earl, Pierre, and Wayne Donnell Blassingame. Albert T. Blassingame traveled for twenty-six years as an evangelist. On Father's Day in 1982 he was installed as Pastor of Faith Tabernacle Holiness Church. On Sunday June 4, 2000 he was elevated to Bishop of Faith Tabernacle.
Pastor Cleo Firby
Pastor Cleo Firby was born in Wadesboro, North Carolina, where she received her education and graduated from the Faison High School. She met the Lord at an early age, and would beg her father and mother to go with them to the adult Bible class every week. As a result of her rural life she had much time to communicate with Him throughout the natural setting of farm life. Like David, she learned that, "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof."
Coming to Philadelphia in 1954, she enrolled in the Philadelphia School of Nursing remaining faithful to the Lord, under the leadership of the late Reverend Hattie Coleman in the Glorious F.B.H. Church. She was Youth Director of the young people of Downington, PA., Coatesville, PA and New York. Later on she met and married her husband, Wilbert L. Firby and joined his church. Accepting her call to preach the gospel, though with much opposition to "women preachers," she gave her all to the Lord and proclaimed the good news in season and out of season; doing revivals in and out of the city with signs following.