Rev. Michael LaBrie became a member of The Apostolic Church in 1979. He was born and reared in the Nederland area. As a child, he attended the First Pentecostal Church of Nederland, pastored by Rev. Chester Hensley. During his high school years, his family moved to Beaumont and began attending The Apostolic Church. Upon relocating to The Apostolic Church, Bro. LaBrie became involved in a number of ministries, including Tape Ministry, Sound System, Building Maintenance, Sunday School, Usher, Bus Ministry and Christian Intervention Program. He has also worked as Outreach Director, Youth Minister, and in Prison Ministry.
In 1985, Michael LaBrie and Michelle Cole were married. He later attended Texas Bible College in Houston, where he served as Student Body President. He graduated with a degree in Theology and is a licensed minister with The United Pentecostal Church International.
In 1990, Bro. LaBrie founded Sun Travel Trailways. This endeavor was a life-long dream of his. It has blessed many aspects of not only the local church assembly but transportation for churches state-wide and ultimately the work of the Lord through donations and offerings to home and foreign missions.
In 2004, Bro. LaBrie moved into the position of Executive Administrative Assistant of The Apostolic Church. In addition to coordinating the functioning of over 25 departments, assisting with fellowship activities for all of our departments, he was then in charge of the day-to-day administration of the church. He was instrumental in initiating many different aspects of ministry at The Apostolic Church, including B.L.A.S.T. (Beaumont Linking Apostolic Singles Together, an annual singles conference), and S.A.L.T. (Service And Leadership Training).
Rev. LaBrie also currently serves as the Coordinator for the Texas District Family Campmeeting and Texas District Ministers’ Conference both held yearly. He coordinates these two events which involve over 300 churches and 600 plus ministers. He also serves as The Texas District Men’s Ministry Secretary, Section 2 Global Impact Coordinator and Coordinator of the Texas District RV Association.
One of Bro. LaBrie’s strongest desires is for community involvement. He now currently serves on several community boards, including the Beaumont Yacht Club (Commodore), the local chapter of the Salvation Army (Advisory Board), Some Other Place (President) and the Southeast Texas Food Bank. Through his business, he also currently serves on the boards of South Central Motorcoach Association, Texas Motorcoach Council (Chairman) and the Texas Trailways Association.
In a step of faith, Bro. LaBrie resigned his position with The Apostolic Church and has join with Bro. Marvin Cole in Apostolic Faith Ministries to reach the world for Christ, one soul at a time.
In December 2010, Gospel Tabernacle of Beaumont elected Rev. Michael and Michelle LaBrie to serve as pastor. During the few short years that Pastor LaBrie has been there, there has been much growth. There is great excitement and anticipation about what the Lord has planned for the congregation that has been in existence for 60 years. His world vision continues, however, with trips to assist in foreign fields as well as continuous support of needs as they arise.