PASTORS

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And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 1 Thessalonians 5:12–13

They would love to hear from you.
. . . especially if there is coffee involved :)
Reach out at their contact information below.
Pastor John Cole Family

John Cole

Pastor
John and his wife, Martha, have four children. They all love working together in church ministry, as well as engaging in sports, hiking, music, and activities. John coaches kids soccer and basketball within the Lee Mount Vernon Sports League. They have a blast hosting sports teams, church family, and friends over to their home for a good cookout and swim.

John has been pastoring within our church since March of 2020. Prior to that, he led a church plant that continues today in Miller Beach, Gary, IN with a paid-off building and faithful leadership. He also directed the office for a non-profit missions agency and had the opportunity to personally visit and engage in missionary work within more than a dozen countries.

John and Martha were blessed of God in working together for seven years to build and sell a small business while he pastored the church plant. That gave  them added appreciation for entrepreneurs and hard working people of any good industry.

John earned his Bachelors in Pastoral Theology and his Masters in Practical Theology. In obeying God's call to pastor, John especially demonstrates a love to learn, teach, and help others grow in Christ. Whether it is in his preaching or leadership, he prays this is seen.

We cannot leave out that John and Martha are high school sweethearts. They met in church.  While in high school, they helped John's dad plant a church in Titusville, PA, where his dad continues to pastor.

John shares a testimony of God bringing the Gospel to him at an early age. After responding to the Gospel with repentance and faith in Jesus, John was later baptized in his church and began to continually grow by God's grace. Basically, that is the testimony of all true followers of Christ.

Reach out! John would love to hear from you.
Dr. Tom Stucke

Dr. Tom Stucke

Lay Pastor
Tom and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and five grandchildren. The Lord has given them much life and ministry experience, from which our church benefits. During over 30 years of ministry, Tom has pastored three churches and Lynne has done much teaching in both schools and women's church fellowships.

Tom's education includes a bachelors, a masters, and an earned doctorate. Some of his doctoral training was at Cambridge University. The places in which Tom has pastored includes an ironic mixture of England and laid-back Louisiana. They both still miss the catfish! And they prefer coffee over tea. Before following God's call to pastor, Tom fulfilled a career in the U.S. Air Force.

They enjoy spending much time with their grandchildren, going on events and trips with them. It is obvious through the lives of their children and grandchildren that the Stuckes pour much love and wisdom into their family with their investments of T.I.M.E.

He shares a testimony of God's saving grace pulling both him and Lynne from a life of earthly pursuits to a life of joyful service of King Jesus. It was while they were both married and in the middle of their careers that they were confronted with and ultimately surrendered in faith to the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. They became faithful, baptized members within their church, and the Lord worked through them, as He does, through the years.

He would love for you to join them both in the Growth Groups class he teaches each week on Sundays at 9:30 AM. Shoot him an email, and let him know if you plan to attend.