20 YEARS IN THE MAKING
After surrendering His life to Christ in 1999, Gary Tucker was immediately delivered from alcohol and drug abuse. From that time forward, the majority of his time outside of work was spent studying the Bible, spending time in prayer and volunteering at his newfound church home, Faith Assembly of God, in Summerville, SC.
In those early days, Gary recognized a distinct difference between the life that Jesus called His followers to live and the life that many of His followers chose to live. This reality gave him a God-given desire to teach biblical truth’s and encourage others to keep their focus on Christ. This desire was soon answered when he was given the responsibility of leading a home group for Faith Assembly of God, which also opened the door for him to teach at various men’s ministry events.
After 2 years of serving with Faith Assembly on a voluntary basis, Gary stepped down from his 12-year career with Honeywell Technology Solutions in Charleston, SC and moved to Columbus, OH to attend Valor Christian College. At Valor, he attended a 2-year Biblical studies program with a concentration on Pastoral and Church Leadership.
Upon graduating, Gary moved back to Charleston, SC to serve as a full-time assistant to the Discipleship Pastor at Faith Assembly of God. He would go on to serve as a singles pastor, outreach coordinator, youth pastor, and eventually take the role as the lead pastor at Faith Assembly of God’s Remount Road Campus, a multicultural church located in an urban district in North Charleston, SC.
In addition to typical pastoral responsibilities, Gary oversaw several outreach events and re-instituted a food bank that still continues to feed hundreds of people every month. More importantly, he has witnessed the transformative power of the Holy Spirit working in people’s lives and re-directing their steps.
After serving full-time with Faith Assembly of God for 13 years, Gary along with his wife, Shelley made the difficult decision to step down from full-time ministry and take a year-long sabbatical to regroup and refocus on God’s plan for their life. After much time in prayer, thought and reflection, Gary has a renewed sense of purpose concerning the original call in his early Christian years. With the cultural changes, legislative changes and changes that have taken place from within the church over the past 15-20 years, Gary believes that we are in a pivotal season concerning the future of the American church.
He believes that on one hand, we have an opportunity to re-build the foundational truths of the Bible, restore the passion, desire, and love for the Lord as it was when the church was first conceived (Acts 2). If we go in this direction, we’ll experience a beautiful time of refreshing and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit like we’ve never experienced in our lifetime.
On the other hand, if we don’t go in that direction, our experience will be quite different; In the likeness of Israel in the Old Testament, we’ll be led into captivity for abandoning our God. We may not be led away to a foreign land, but our freedom will be removed and our voices will be silenced.
Gary is committed to inspiring the church to return to its first love. Through media, public speaking, and meeting with Pastors and church leaders, he hopes to be part of a movement that sparks a great move of God in our nation.
Pictures and Videos of Ministry History
In the News 2013