North Side Tabernacle Of Praise is a place for everyone. Whether you are wanting to learn more about who God is, or looking for a church that has a firm grip on His Word, you are welcome here. Regardless of your background or where you are in this present moment, you are welcome here. You will see families and people of all ages. And when you come, you will see that God shows up too. We are the "Place Where Love Works"
OUR VISION: To be a place where LOVE works.
OUR MISSION: To be a church that displays the LOVE of CHRIST and connects with people of all walks of life. Knowing JESUS and making JESUS known.
"Out of every challenging situation there shall be a New Birth of Faith."
Bishop Oswald Nelson,
the founder and pastor of North Side Tabernacle of Praise Church is a man of faith, not just mustard seed faith but crazy faith. He has an anointing on his life to meet people where they are whether they are rich or poor, young or seasoned, skilled or unskilled. Bishop Nelson has been groomed and called by God to minister to people from all walks of life and especially to those who have never met Christ. Knowing full well that God had called him to ministry, he pursued further training. He completed the Ministerial Internship Program in March of 1992. Continuing his studies, he earned the level of Ordained Minister in May 1994; and after years of faithful service and intense study, he was ordained as Bishop by the Church of God headquarters in Cleveland Tennessee in May 2000.
In 1996 Bishop Nelson was then called to his first pastoral assignment at Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center, which was located in Chicago, Illinois on the city’s north side. He took this totally new, fledgling ministry with 7 members (3 adults and 4 children) and labored diligently with God’s help and guidance to develop it into a vibrant growing ministry. He is dedicated to outreach in our community, creating an environment that makes every person feel the love of God through his people. His vision is to build a ministry that will meet the needs of people in a holistic way: by faith, empowerment, health, finance, education and skill trades training.
Bishop Nelson resides with his family in Des Plaines, Illinois. He has been married for over 30 years to a beautiful and awesome God-centered woman, Jacqueline Nelson. He is the father of 2 incredible children, Brandon and Shaneese, an amazing daughter-in- law Autumn; who has blessed them with two incredible grandchildren, Jethro and Ivy. Bishop Nelson’s passion is to build a church were love works, seeking to bring the masses into the knowledge of Jesus Christ, thereby expanding the Kingdom of God. It is a passion that burns brighter today than it did the day he began the journey!
Meet our pastors
"A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a three strand cord is not easily broken."
Bishop Oswald nelson and pastor jacqueline nelson
Bishop Oswald Nelson, the founder and pastor of North Side tabernacle of Praise Church is a man of faith, not just mustard seed faith but crazy faith. Bishop Nelson’s passion is to build a church where love works, seeking to bring the masses into the knowledge of Jesus Christ, thereby expanding the Kingdom of God. It is a passion that burns brighter today than it did the day he began the journey! He has been married for over 30 years to a beautiful and awesome God-centered woman, Jacqueline Nelson.
Pastor brandon & Autumn Nelson
Pastor Brandon Nelson has been apart of ministry at North Side Tabernacle of Praise, Serving as Administrative Pastor since 2014. During his time at NSTOP, he developed The Outlet Young Adult Ministry. Facilitating inter-generational relationships, and creating an avenue of opportunity for Millennial’s to embark on a journey with Christ. As a pastor’s kid (PK), he has experienced the ups and downs of ministry, giving him an understanding of the heart necessary for impactful ministry. He graduated from Lee University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity. Making “love” is his mantra for ministry, Brandon strives to build relationships and a community that displays the love of Christ. Driven by his love for people, the fabric of his life and ministry is to follow the template set before us in Matthew 22:37-40. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Brandon Nelson is guided by compassion for the judged, the condemned and the broken. He is married to an amazing wife, Autumn Nelson. She graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelors in Mathematics and has a Masters from Northwestern University in Predictive Analytics. Autumn and Brandon have been blessed with a wonderful son Jethro and daughter Ivy. They share a passion for people and push to show the world that conditions for judgment are conditions for grace.
Pastor Isaac & stephanie saint felix
Isaac was born and raised in a Christian family. He professed his faith in Jesus and was baptized at a very early age. As he grew up, he had many experiences that challenged and strengthened his faith. His Life is dedicated to living by an example and encouraging young men and women how to live up to their fullest potential in Christ. Isaac's desire is to see young men and women transformed through a deeper understanding of God’s word through prayer and worship service, training, bible study, conferences and workshops. Isaac centers his ministry around making the Gospel relevant and applicable to modern Christians. He is happily married to a beautiful wife Stephanie C. Saint Felix and they have one child; Iden Saint Felix.
Isaac's mission is to exists to equip young people to develop a deeper relationship with Christ. Encourage uplifting relationships with other christians, and empower life changing relationships with nonbelievers.