Pastor and First Lady
Pastor Robert Lee Manaway, Sr. was born on July 17, 1958 in Picayune, Mississippi. Raised in Hattiesburg, MS, he is the sixth of eight children born to the late Mr. Samuel and Mrs. Josephine Manaway. Dr. Manaway accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at age 14 in June of 1972, and accepted his call to preach the gospel at age 17 on May 13, 1976. This young minister was ordained in 1977 and subsequently accepted a call to Pastor the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Ellisville, MS at the age of 19 and served in this role for six years.
Rev. Manaway enrolled in William Carey College and graduated in 1983 with a BS in Counseling Psychology, supported with a minor in English. In July of that year the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church extended an invitation to this powerful young preacher to serve as shepherd of its flock. On the first Sunday of September, 1983, Rev. Dr. Robert L. Manaway Sr. was officially installed as Pastor of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.
During his tenure as Senior Pastor, Rev. Manaway has continued his education earning Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry degrees. In addition, he completed coursework at Highline Community College's Chemical Dependency Program and is completing his Ph.D. dissertation project on Nouthetic Counseling.
Evangelist Jessica P. Manaway was born on March 29, 1960, the 10th of 13 children born to the late Mr. Henry James Perine Sr. and the late Mrs. Rena Perine of Lucedale, Mississippi. At the age of 10, Evangelist Manaway was baptized and became a member of her family's church, the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Lucedale. During a revival there in 1972 she accepted Christ into her life. After hearing God call her to preach the gospel in early 1976, Evangelist Manaway preached her first public message, titled "I'm Free At Last", in October of that year after a long hospital stay and miraculous recovery.
Since relocating to Seattle in 1983, Evangelist Manaway has preached extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest and has shared the gospel as a guest speaker in revivals and women's programs across the country. She is the founder and visionary of Ladies of Virtue, a ministry established for the purpose of building fellowship among women of all denominations and promoting growing relationships with Jesus Christ. The Ladies of Virtue (LOV) Annual Retreat has become a highly anticipated time of refreshment and renewal as more than one hundred women gather to encourage each other and worship together. The 2009 retreat marked its 10-year anniversary.
Married since March 1981, the Manaways are the parents of five children (four sons, one daughter) and the delighted grandparents of seven. They are both avid supporters of youth and each enjoys special relationships with Tabernacle's young people through their involvement with the Youth Department and Church School activities.
Together, this dynamic man and woman of God embody true servant leadership in their roles as Pastor and First Lady of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.