Editor’s Note: Recently Tabernacle held our annual Missions Conference. In the coming weeks we will provide a look at each of the missionaries that came and ministered to us during this special time for our church. We trust that God will continue to use His servants to accomplish His work.
PETE—is the youngest of five boys, four of whom are in full time Christian service and the other is a deacon in a Baptist church in PA. Pete was fifteen when he felt the Lord calling him to full-time Christian service. When he was seventeen his parents moved to So. Florida to start a church in a town where there were no independent Baptist Church. During that time, a call to full-time Christian service became clearer. While helping his parents there, Pete was in charge of the bus ministry, a junior high Sunday School teacher and preaching from time to time in the church and in area churches. Between his junior and senior years in high school, Pete went to visit his older missionary brother in France for six weeks–that was the beginning of a missionary burden and later a call to missions. After high school, Pete became a student at Tabernacle Baptist Bible Institute where he studied for three semesters before going to France as a student missionary. During that time in France, Pete learned the French language, culture, customs and married Isabelle in 1985. Just newly married, God called them back to the States and Pete received his B.R.E. from TBBC in 1987. In 1988, the Maranatha Baptist Church, Zolfo Springs, FL, ordained Pete into the gospel ministry. In 1989, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, laid hands on Pete and Isabelle and sent them to the country of France to begin a church planting ministry. In 2007, Pete completed the requirements and obtained his M.Min from the International Baptist College of Tempe, AZ. Peter and Isabelle Knickerbocker joined World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions on May 1, 1987. They have been serving in France since 1989.