Senior Pastor, Apostle Walter Gillespie is a visionary with an anointing for the 21st century Body of Christ. Born and raised in Chicago, he worked in numerous ministries and callings, and was catapulted into the faith movement. As a result of him yielding to God, Chosen Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church was birthed in 1999. Chosen Tabernacle has one vision: “To restore the lost and minister healing and deliverance to those that are bound.” As the Senior Pastor of this dynamic ministry, Apostle Walt believes that it is the responsibility of the Church to not only win souls to Christ, but to minister to the total man, and emphasis is placed on preaching and teaching the infallible Word of God. Apostle Walt promotes an atmosphere of love, sensitivity, family, and fellowship. In addition to other endeavors, Pastor Walt is the Executive Director of the Center of Higher Development, a non-profit organization that provides technology training and other life skills throughout the Chicago-land area to eliminate the digital divide. The Center currently has eleven locations, and continues to expand. Apostle Walt co-pastors Chosen Tabernacle with his wife of more than 35 years, Prophetess Sandra Gillespie. she is a servant of God, who speaks under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. In 2021, Chosen Tabernacle became Chosen Bethel Family Ministries. God has equipped him to minister life, healing, and deliverance to a world that is hungry for the living Word of God. Apostle Walt’s prayer is that those who hear, will receive and apply what God has specifically for them as they become victorious in their walk into purpose and destiny.
Prophetess Sandra Gillespie is a multi-talented, gifted motivational speaker and minister of the Gospel. She delivers the message of God’s promises to the believer in a useful and exciting manner guaranteed to challenge one’s thinking and change one’s character. Often described as passionate, realistic, inspiring and humorist, Prophetess Sandy is a woman of Influence.
A wife, mother, Pastor, Prophetess, administrator, life-coach, and entrepreneur, she understands the demands and pressures of the 21st Century woman. Consequently, she challenges and inspires women everywhere to maximize their potential and realize their God-appointed purpose and destiny. Pastor Sandy was ordained into the office of Pastor in 2003 by Bishop T.D. Jakes.
Currently, she assists her husband of more than 35 years, Apostle Walter Gillespie, Jr., in Co-Pastoring Chosen Tabernacle Ministries. Pastor Sandy oversees the “Heart to Heart” Women’s Ministry, a fellowship designed to provide an environment for women to share and promote spiritual and personal enrichment, as well as wholeness to every aspect of their lives. Prophetess Sandy is a graduate of Logos Bible Institute.
She is immensely grateful to be the mother of two exceptional children, Walter III (Deneen), and Qiana; and grandmother of two, Myles Isaiah and Madelyn Jackson. Prophetess Sandy is unique, and her passion for God will inspire you, motivate you, and challenge you. She proclaims that she is “blessed that God has allowed her to be one of His CHOSEN vessels in the earth realm during this end-time season”. To God be the glory!
Prophetess Sandra Gillespie
Apostle Walter Gillespie, Jr.