“I’m a True Believer, rooted in the power of love, uplifted by the power of Spirit, and humbled by the power of miracles. Through us, all good things are possible. Through our unity, the miraculous is made real.”
Philanthropist. Activist. Entrepreneur. Author. Public speaker. Civic leader. Musician. … Elbert Mondainé’s multifaceted career encompasses a host of talents and ministries. But the passion that fuels every expression burns from a single fire: Mondainé has dedicated his life to restoring the church as a community resource and reviving communities from the inside out.
Mondainé’s life of service is a testament to the passion that drives him and the work that gives him joy. A pastor, a prophet, and a proud father and grandfather, Elbert Mondainé holds the office of Apostle within the Christian faith. He serves as Senior Pastor at both Celebration Grace Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and Portland, Oregon’s Celebration Tabernacle Church — a nondenominational organization founded by Mondainé in 1988. Since its inception, Celebration Tabernacle has been a social and spiritual force within both the Christian and secular communities. More than that, it’s become a model for church-based community involvement, with programs that emphasize both leadership and entrepreneurship.
Apostle Mondainé draws from a rich professional background that spans music, social work, and corporate management. As a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Mondainé directed the USAAF (United States Army/Air Force) Gospel Choirs across much of Europe. After completing his military service, Mondainé returned to America to become one of the first African American managers for a major subsidy of the Tandy Corporation.
In his early life, Mondainé grew up in the church. His vibrant home-community filled him with meaningful lessons, experiences, and perspectives that guided and shaped his adult life. After serving as Minister of Music at several churches in Missouri and Oregon, Mondainé was appointed to the executive board for the Billy Graham Crusade to Portland, Oregon in 1992. His experience, faith, vision, and dedicated congregation allowed him to create The True Believers Assembly — an organization that re-established the church as a resource for the people and a pillar of community support. The work he began then continues to enrich the communities he supports today.
A true renaissance man, Apostle Mondainé has recorded three albums to date, with his latest CD, Angels Watching Over Me, slated for release in 2017. He is also the author of The 5AM Chronicles. A loyal friend and culinary enthusiast, Elbert Mondainé’s infectious energy and open-hearted generosity are hallmarks of the blessings he bestows to all in his care.