The Primitive Baptist Church Covenant

For as much as Almighty God by His Grace has been
pleased to call us out of darkness into His light, and
having been baptized upon a profession of faith in Christ Jesus, and having given ourselves to the Lord and one another, in a Gospel Church way, we do covenant together by the help of God.

to be governed and guided by a proper Discipline agreeable to the Word of God

to keep up the Discipline of the Church of which we are members  in brotherly affection toward each other

to watch over one another, and if need be, in the most  tender, and affectionate manner, to reprove one another

to attend our church meetings

to not absent ourselves from the communion of the Lord's Supper without a lawful reason

to pay the tithe and give offerings for the defraying of the church's expenses, and for the support of the ministry*

to not irregularly depart from the fellowship of the Church, nor to remove to the bounds of distant churches without a regular letter of dismissal and placing it in the Church in which we hold membership.

*These things we do covenant and agree to observe and keep sacred in the name of, and by the will of God. Amen.

*(II Timothy 3:16-17: Malachi 3:10; Romans 12:10; Galatians 6:1; Hebrews 10:25; I Corinthians 11:26)


The History of the National PB Convention 

As an outgrowth of the efforts of the Reverend C. F. Sams of Key West, Florida, a national movement was initiated. On July 17, 1907, the National Meeting of Colored Primitive Baptists of America convened at the Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church, Huntsville, Alabama, Elder Felix Jordan, pastor. Order was called by The Reverend C. H. Morgan, moderator of the Big Harpeth Association of Tennessee. After registration of the messengers and delegates present, a unanimous vote for a temporary organization prevailed.

A constitution was written and the objectives, UNION, PEACE,  and PROGRESS were declared. The permanent organization was thus accomplished in the morning session on Friday, July 19, 1907, amid such rejoicing.

CLICK HERE FOR: All information regarding registration for the 109th Annual Session of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, on August 21-26, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency, Jacksonville Riverfront , 225 E. Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

      Hills Tabernacle
Primitive Baptist 
        916 Caruthers Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204
       615.292.5247 (T)  
            615.269.6263 (O)      


Sunday School 9:15AM, Worship Service 10:00AM
Wednesday Night Bible Study 6:00PM
Please join us!

"Make a Joyful Noise Concert" -April 2, 2016 - 2:00PM
(Bring Family and Friends)

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Church History

Zema W. Hill,founder and Pastor of Hills Tabernacle PB Church was a faithful and devoted minister, a funeral-home owner, and a notable leader in Afro-American Nashville. He was born in Franklin County, in the community of Asia near Winchester, Tennessee, on April 2, 1891. In 1919, a house of worship was dedicated at Overton and Division streets. Elder A. M. Bedford, the moderator of the Cumberland River Association of the Order of the Primitive Baptist Church, dedicated the building as Hills Tabernacle. Elder Zema Hill faithfully served the congregation for thirty years. Zema W. Hill died on February 5, 1970, after 17 years of illness. A year before his death, Hills Tabernacle was rebuilt.



Robert L. Crocker (1994-Present) was born and baptized into the body of Christ in Sussex County, Virginia.  His spiritual development began at Oak Grove Baptist Church in the same county.  Robert Crocker began a twenty-year career in the United States Navy in June 1964, immediately after graduating from Carver High School in Newport News, Virginia.  He completed his naval career at the Vanderbilt Naval Reserve Officers Training Unit in Nashville, Tennessee.


Upon arrival in Nashville the Crocker family united with the Ephesian Primitive Baptist Church under the pastorate of Dr. J. L. Fitzgerald. In August of 1991, Robert answered the call to the ministry. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Tennessee State University in May 1986; thirteen years after first being call by God while serving as Lay Leader at sea on board a nuclear powered submarine.


Since entering the ministry of proclaiming God’s word, Elder Crocker has received a post graduate degree from American Baptist Theological Seminary, Nashville, Tennessee.  He is currently in his twentieth year as Pastor of the Hills Tabernacle Primitive Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee.  He has served three years as Vice-Moderator of Cumberland Association, and more than ten years as President of the Sunday School Convention of Cumberland Association.  In the National Primitive Baptist Convention, Elder Crocker is a five-year veteran of the instructor staff of the G. W. Gibson School of Religion, in the Church School Congress where he teaches Primitive Baptist Doctrine and Orientation. He is also General Secretary of the National Primitive Baptist Convention.

Elder Crocker is married to Matilda Crocker. He has four adult children: Rosalyn, Christopher, Rochelle and Robert Cornelius. Christopher Crocker strives to enhance theological and doctrinal awareness.  Christopher and his wife Melissa have blessed Elder and Mother Crocker with three magnificent grandchildren: Alexandria, Brandon and Elijah

Elder Crocker has a personal goal to enhance the doctrinal understanding of his church, Sunday School convention, association, tri-state and national conventioneers. His favorite greeting when standing to proclaim the word is: "To God be the Glory, for the Great Things He has done." His favorite hymns are "How Great Thou Are, Great is Thy Faithfulness, and How Firm A Foundation" (Elder T. W. Samuels is responsible for Elder Crocker's love for the third hymn).

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If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. John 13:17

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