Dr. W. L. Nathaniel, Jr. is a native of Memphis, TN. After a year at Tennessee State University in Nashville, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in the Southern CA area after an eight-year tour of duty. He decided to make CA home for himself, his wife Cassandra of 39+ years, their three sons, Wesley III, David, and Kevin, and their daughter Kendra.
Dr. Nathaniel received a BS in Economics/Business and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne in LaVerne, CA. He also received a Master’s and a Doctorate Degree in Theology from the Golden Grain Bible College and Seminary in Ventura, CA.
Dr. Nathaniel served as pastor of the Evangelistic Baptist Church from March 1994 until November 2004, when he returned to his roots to fulfill the vision the Lord had given him several years earlier of planting a church in his hometown of Memphis, TN. In October of 2005, the Tabernacle of Praise Christian Church (TOP) was birthed, and held its inaugural Bible study on October 19th and worship service on October 23rd.
Under the leadership of its founder and pastor, Dr. W. L. Nathaniel, Jr. TOP continues to grow in every way as the people of God are empowered by the Word of God