A Tribute to a Founder


A Tribute to One of Nehemiah Tabernacle’s Founder


Brother David R. Milbourne


August 6, 1960 – July 7, 2013

Brother Milbourne was born in August 6, 1960 in Newark, New Jersey. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Dover, Delaware. He was educated in the Dover Public School System. In June of 1978, Brother Milbourne graduated from Dover High School.

At an early age, Brother Milbourne was introduced to his first Christian experience through the ministry of  Elder Mary E. Scott his grandmother, who pastor Fellowship Mission Holiness Church in Fork Branch, Delaware. This ministry was a small family church where Brother Milbourne was a Devotional Leader, member of the Usher Board, Sunday School teacher and Minister of Music. His family was and still is a part of Mount Sinai Holy Church of America Inc., which was founded by the late Bishop Ida Robinson.

As one of the founders of the Tabernacle, Pastor Galloway appointed Brother Milbourne to the office of Church Administrator in 2008. In the 2009 Third Quarter Meeting of the Lay Council, he was elected to this same position. He also served this congregation as member of the Board of Directors and Director of the Tabernacle Ensemble.

Brother Milbourne was involved in modeling, singing, and dancing in his early 20's. He became active in helping people who were living with HIV. Later in his life, he supported the Philadelphia transgendered community, as will as led HIV support groups for local clinics.

He was a very outgoing person, who was willing to go out of his way to aid others in need.

The church family of Nehemiah Tabernacle will miss this pioneer in the Christian Affirming Movement.

When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry; (Esther 4:1 KJV).