Pastors Corey and April Tabor have both been involved in ministry for most of their lives. Corey was raised in the home of his father and mother Pastor Samuel and Carrie Tabor who pastor Praise Temple Church of God in Christ in Abilene, Texas. April was raised in a family that was also involved the Church of God in Christ in Sherman, Texas.
Corey and April began the journey of planting Full Life Community Church. What began as a Bible Study in January of 2010 was officially launched as a church on September 11, 2011. Since that time Full Life Community Church has continued to grow to live out its mission of being a missional, maturing, multicultural church that lives to reconcile people to God and one another. Corey serves as the Lead Pastor and April serves a Teaching Pastor preaching on Sunday mornings and overseeing children’s and student ministries. After 10 years of marriage, they were blessed to have their daughter Anaia Naomi on February 21, 2014.
Corey’s Job Educational Background
Upon graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Corey served as a Freshman Admissions Advisor at The University of Texas. While working as a staff member at U.T. he began a bible study called “The Real World” which he later worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to plant Texas Gospel Fellowship a ministry to African and African American students at U.T. growing the ministry to over 130 students in 4 years. Then he served as Maturity and Ministry Pastor at Greater Mt. Zion before planting Full Life Community Church. While planting Full Life, Corey has worked at CarMax Auto Superstore as a Sales Consultant and Mentor, National American University as a Enrollment Specialist and then at Austin LifeCare as the Director of Austin LifeGuard sexual risk avoidance sex and character education program. He currently serves as the Community Outreach Director for Austin LifeCare.
- B.S. Communication Studies / Human Relations / Business Foundations Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin
- Masters of Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary
- Doctorate Student in Transformational Leadership at Bakke Graduate University
- Certifications include:
April’s Job and Educational Background
Upon graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, April worked for Girl Scouts of Central Texas as a Scouting in the School Day Specialist offering the Girl Scouts programming in Title I schools. While doing so, she gained a passion for education and began pursing her Alternative Teacher Certificate from Huston-Tillotson University. She then began working at a 2nd grade school teacher at Norman Elementary in East Austin. After two years of teaching, she became the first full-time Children’s Director at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she served over 300 children and managed dozens of volunteers. Following 5 years of serving at GMZ she returned to teaching where she taught at Barbara Jordan Elementary for one year, followed by now seven years as a 4th Grade teacher at Blackshear Fine Arts Academy where she has assisted in helping the school become a National Blue Ribbon School recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. She currently serves on as a campus advisory council member, teacher mentor and on the administration team. She is enrolled in the Austin ISD AP3 program designed to prepare her to become an administrator in the district.
- B.A. Sociology – University of Texas at Austin
- Alternative Teacher Certification – Huston-Tillotson University
- Masters in Children and Family Ministry – Bethel Seminary
- Masters of Education in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington.
To learn more about Corey’s ministry and community involvement go to his personal website www.coreytabor.com.
Corey and April met as students at the University of Texas at Austin in the Innervisions Gospel Choir where April served as Chaplain and Corey served as President. Following graduation, they married in June of 2003 while Corey was serving as the founding campus minister for Texas Gospel Fellowship, a ministry to African and African American students at the University of Texas at Austin through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The ministry grew to 130 students in just 4 years.
Following their time at the University of Texas, Corey and April began serving at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Gaylon Clark. April served as the Children’s Director while Corey served first as the Singles Pastor and later as the Maturity and Ministry Pastor overseeing membership, discipleship and adult ministries. His oversight included 18 ministries within the church representing over 500 volunteers.
Prior to serving at Greater Mt. Zion both attended Praise Tabernacle in Austin, Texas under the leadership of Dr. Dana Carson. There Corey served as a minister in training and college ministry leader. April served a member of the sign language ministry.