I’m just an Okie from the small, country town of Temple, Oklahoma. The Tucker family, Martha, Elizabeth, Matthew and I, are very blessed and honored to be Wickline’s pastoral family. I am a graduate of Oklahoma State University. That probably tells you where I stand on Bedlam weekend—”Go Pokes!” I met Martha when we both attended Perkins School of Theology. We were married in July 1989 and served United Methodist Churches in Oklahoma until 1998. Colin Powell’s book, “My American Journey,” which I received from my mother-in-law in 1995, changed our lives when I felt the Lord calling us to go onto active duty to serve those who defend our country. In 1998, I joined the United States Air Force. Including my time in the Army Reserve, Oklahoma Army National Guard, and the Air Force, I served a bit over 38 years.
That's a great reason my family and I are very blessed to be in the Wickline family. You see, many of the members are retirees like us or still serve today. We are intentional to be supportive of military/civilian D.O.D. personnel and their families. We get it. We have been there and done that. But we are not finished. We still serve God and country.
Wickline works because Church works, because God works. Come be a part of this mission outpost for Christ.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
I grew up in Bethany, Oklahoma, in a Methodist home. I love my family and friends and the color pink. Most of all I love Jesus! Although people kept telling me I should go into ministry, I resisted—until I asked God “why” and heard Him telling me that He needed me to share Jesus. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in psychology at OCU, I went to Asbury Theological Seminary. I graduated with a Master’s in Christian Education and then became a deacon in the Oklahoma Conference. I love the opportunities I have to minister to people of all ages and backgrounds. I love reading the Bible, praying, and going where God leads. I love coming up with Children’s Moments that illustrate the message and include our kids in Sunday services.
A few years ago, I married my best friend George, who is also a pastor, but in another denomination. Marriage to George brought me two beautiful teenage daughters.
My favorite Bible verse is John 1:1-5: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (RSV)