By K. Levek
Rev. Dr. Judith Talbert is the Founder and Pastor of Faith Tabernacle of Prayer for All People, and has served in this capacity for 40 years. The church was originally founded in 1974 on Edison Place, NE Washington, D.C. before moving to its current location on 2465 Alabama Ave. SE. She was married to the late Joseph A. Talbert, Sr., and is the mother of Josina and the late Joseph Talbert, Jr., and has one granddaughter, Jasmine.
Dr. Talbert is a native of Washington, DC and was educated in the District of Columbia schools, attended Howard University, George Washington University, and the Washington Bible College. The Church of God in Christ and Tabernacle of Prayer ordained her for All People. She received her Doctorate of Divinity from the Mutual Baptist Missionary Association in 1987. Her honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters was conferred by Faith Christian University in 2007.
She has been a pioneer to both women and men in ministry. With her undying love for God, she has offered spiritual guidance and counsel to many, and reached thousands of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds with the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She said she was called to the ministry because she loves helping people. She said her one of her mottos is, “help somebody to help somebody.”
Dr. Talbert actively participates in various programs that enhance and impact the District of Columbia community. Faith Tabernacle of Prayer has numerous ministries and outreach programs. She is the Executive Producer of Show Us What You Working With – a highly acclaimed informative television program which airs on District Cablevision, Comcast DCTV, and Host of the Looking Forward radio broadcast which airs on Radio Station WYCB, 1340 AM.
Dr. Talbert was chosen to be a member of President Barack Obama’s National African-American Clergy Group, which works very closely with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She is the Dean of the Faith Tabernacle Bible Institute; Co-Chair of the governing Ecclesiastical Board of the Tabernacle of Prayer for All People, Inc.; and a member of the following boards: DC Department of Corrections Clergy Roundtable; Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable Committee; Advisory Board of the Council of Women Ministers; Collective Banking Group; and Howard University’s National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP). She also worked many years with The Honorable Congressman Jay Dickey on the distinguished Presidential Prayer Breakfast Committee for the President of the United States.
She has received numerous awards and accolades for her outstanding leadership in ministry that has stretched around the globe and for her strong commitment to community work in helping the least, the lost and the last. Highlights of the many accolades include being awarded the Champion of Change Award from President Obama which is part of the President’s Winning the Future Initiative, the distinguished Rosa Parks Award, and Woman of Excellence Award, also received by longtime civil rights heroine, the late Dr. Dorothy Height. Other recognitions have appeared in television and print media over the span of her ministry and community outreach efforts.
As an anointed visionary, Dr. Talbert is heads several organizations including the Joe Arthur Talbert, Jr., where she serves as the Executive Director. Through the foundation, hundreds of students are helped through scholarships. The organization also focuses on promoting organ and tissue donor awareness and grant scholarships.
Dr. Talbert also founded and leads two community-based organizations that focuses on proving need to residents in the community. Talk About Medical Experiences (T.A.M.E.) is organized to advocate and protect patient’s rights in the medical care delivery system. www.tameinc.org.
Her other organization, Reintegrating Alternatives Personal Program (RAPP) provides transitional services that help facilitate the successful reintegration of former correctional residents into mainstream society as productive law-abiding citizens and assist other at-risk populations to become self sufficient. The program offers an array of services, and provides a safety net for the community that helps to prevent recidivism and ensures public safety. www.rapponline.org. In an outreach effort to respond to families affected by incarceration of a loved one, Dr. Talbert enlarged her prison outreach ministry by establishing RAPP and her outreach and commitment to effecting change is nationwide. RAPP provides mentoring services to residents in local and federal correctional institutions. Her work helps to ensure public safety and prevents recidivism. Dr. Talbert has dedicated 36 years helping at-risk and challenged populations, i.e., homeless, ex-offenders, members of gangs, and persons with HIV-AIDS. The Feed and Lead Program provides weekly food and clothing to needy families and shelters throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. Since the organization’s founding in 20001, RAPP has served thousands of people and is recognized for being one of the first organizations that took an interest in serving returning citizens.
One of Dr. Talbert’s favorite scriptures is Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Rev. Dr. Talbert was chosen to be highlighted as a Champion of Change, which is part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. The President’s plan is to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world. Champions of Change give back to the community by providing vital services to those in need and they embody Innovate, Educate, and Build.
Dr. Talbert considers the harsh reality and effects of crime, hunger, and poverty as a call to action and our duty. She provides a safe haven for gang intervention where clients are taught conflict resolution and job readiness and seizes this opportunity to feed and clothe homeless and poverty-stricken families. These same resources are also transported and distributed to those who have no means by which to travel. For seven years, Dr. Talbert has directed a Fatherhood Initiative program, which has counseled custodial and non-custodial parents throughout the District of Columbia.
Dr. Talbert said, “I love doing what do-giving and pouring into the lives of others.” She said she if fulfilled to give back.