Jesus is the Reason for the Season 

Tabernacle Christian School

           Our Mission Statement

"A Christian Education in a Christian Environment" Tabernacle Christian  School of Bradenton (TCS) has been serving the Bradenton Community for 47 years, giving students a quality education, while teaching them values and morals taught in the Word of God. Over the years, many students have come through our doors and left with high moral standards of living, along with an education that prepares them for further schooling or the awaiting workforce.

T.C.S. was founded in 1976 by Pastor John Paul Marlow, who, after dealing with the public school system which his daughter attended, knew there was a better way to educate our children. By faith, he began T.C.S. at Bradenton Gospel Tabernacle, a place where a student could feel safe and secure, and parents were assured that their child was in an environment where they were loved and taught by Christian Educators.


    David Tracey:

    Tabernacle Christian School has been serving God's people since 1976. It was founded by Pastor Marlow, to fill the needs of God's children. When my family moved to Bradenton, I enrolled my children here at T.C.S. Two of those children went on to graduate from T.C.S. My wife taught at the school for 13 years, she saw the way it blessed our children and wanted to pass it on.
    In 2003, I was asked to serve in the school as a substitute. That temporary duty turned into 18 years of teaching and performing the duties of a Principal, and I now have grandchildren learning at T.C.S.
    The motto "A Christian Education in a Christian Environment" still holds true today, more than it ever did. We need a place for our children to learn about Jesus, the "Light of the World"!

    Vice Principal/L3 Teacher

    Vanessa VanHyning

    I have worked for T.C.S. for a combined total of 18 years. I have experience in all levels of education, from Pre-K to 12th grade. In addition, I have also worked in Art, Music and Drama. I am in full compliance with the A.C.E. Curriculum, amongst other Educational Programs.

    Founder of T.C.S.

    Pastor John Paul Marlow

    "Pastor Marlow has been serving God for nearly 65 years. He has ministered at Bradenton Gospel Tabernacle for 60 years. He founded the Tabernacle Christian School 46 years ago and strives daily to keep the ministry and education of his "flock" going. It takes a lot of dedication, which he has continually provided over the many years, to keep the school functioning.  He is very passionate about the Word of God and has a special place in his heart for the youth and their direction in life. He is a gentle soul with a lot of zeal for the Lord. We are very proud to call him our Pastor.

    Philosophy of Tabernacle Christian School


    Tabernacle Christian School's philosophy is based upon the Word of God. The primary objective and purpose of the school is to train the students in the way of life presented in the Scriptures, while giving the student a high-quality education.

    Since the primary reason for the existence of the school is a spirited ministry, evangelistic efforts are made to bring all students to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ so that the reaching of spiritual truths may have a firm foundation. This is followed by instruction in right thinking, good conduct, and clean living in the light of the principals of the Word.

    The academic program, through traditional approach, is developed to provide students with the best possible program of studies. There is emphasis on the mastery of the fundamental blocks of material necessary for satisfactory achievement in these area. Stress is placed upon the acquisition of facts and concepts in the area of study, leading to the development and exercise of the powers of reasoning. Methods of teaching proven effective are utilized with the constant search for better methods. Realizing the difference in innate ability, we encourage and expect each student to do his or her best. We believe the traditional system of education educates the mind and builds character.

    Character training is an important element of Tabernacle Christian School. We believe that the heart of the character training is obedience ( deciding to do right ), which will eventually cultivate and inner self discipline and is essential to the emotional, physical, social and spiritual well being of the students. Discipline is administered firmly but fairly. To obey, to do right, to love God and country and to always measure one's attitudes against the principles laid out in the Scriptures, are characteristics we strive to instill in each student, thus equipping him or her for their role in God's plan for their life  and for his or her proper place in society.