What were the results of the congregational vote on July 18? Following the official vote count, including all MBC locations (as observed by an independent third party retained separately for this purpose), we are pleased to report that all three elder nominees received over 80% affirmation from our church family. We did make provisional ballots available for anyone who had a question about their membership and/or wanted to preserve their ability to vote. All of the provisional ballots were officially counted as well, and even if only the provisional ballots that voted “no” were to be included in the official count, the results would still be above 78% for all nominees. In other words, there is no scenario in which the results of this vote fall below the required 75% for each nominee. Therefore, we are pleased to officially announce the affirmation of our new MBC elders: Chuck Hollingsworth, Ken Tucker, and Jim Burris. We invite you to begin praying for them as they lead in our church family.
After being taken from the home for child-neglect and spending several years in a foster home, I was adopted and raised by an agnostic father, largely adopting those beliefs. I was a freshman in college, antagonistic towards issues of faith, and living as a self-absorbed, completely independent person. I was working my way through college (2 jobs), fully engaged in fraternity life (and all that means), as well as boxing, bull-riding, and pretty much any thrill-seeking activity I could find. I was elected to Student Body leadership, was “burning the candle at both ends”, and unfortunately, was still pretty successful in all human endeavors…which continued to feed an ego and an attitude of complete self-sufficiency. I did not “need God,” and I viewed those that did as weak. But I was empty.
One of my jobs was serving as a janitor in a church. Because of the flexibility of the hours, I could get the work done around parties and other activities. The Saturday night before Easter (18 years old), I was cleaning the sanctuary of a Methodist church when I found a young lady that was clearly distraught. She asked me, “Why should I not kill myself?” And for the first time in my life, I knew I did not have an answer. That night the Lord miraculously worked in my heart, and I received Him alone, in a darkened sanctuary, through the reading of the gospel of John. At about 3:00 in the morning I realized it was Easter, and since I was afraid I would miss it if I fell asleep, I stayed awake to celebrate an Easter sunrise service that morning as a “new creature.”
A series of incredible, providential circumstances led me to the US Naval Academy within months of my conversion. Along with all the other forms of development at Annapolis, I had incredible Christian mentors that helped me on an accelerated spiritual journey. By the time I graduated and began my journey as a pilot, I was firmly grounded in the faith, and subsequently spent a Navy career as a committed servant of the Lord.
I have been incredibly blessed with my wife, family and career. I’ve had the opportunity to serve in churches all over the world as a Bible teacher, Director of Education, elder, and substitute pastor. More than anything, I have been blessed to walk with and serve a risen Savior.
God started His work in me 48 years ago at a Bible Church when I trusted Jesus as my Savior. A teenage friend approached me one day and invited me to come with him to church. I was fourteen at the time, and I was mostly interested in meeting new friends. So, when he made the invitation, he peppered it with the promise of that possibility. I did meet new people that night, but most importantly, I was convicted of my sin, and I gave my heart to Jesus. I was never the same again. I know Christ changed my heart that night, and so did all my friends and the high school teachers that saw the ‘terror of their day’ remarkably become a model student and founder of the Christian Student Movement. God saved me and changed how I lived the remaining three years in my Catholic high school. Many of my friends heard the gospel from me during their junior and senior years, two of whom are ministers today, having given their hearts to Christ through my witness.
I have had the privilege of attending MBC over the last 20 years and serving the MBC family in many different ways. I’m a marriage assessor for New City Network Church Planters assessment, volunteer staff and director of Re|Engage, and I speak regularly at First Light Men’s Ministry, FOCUS and FUEL ministries. I’ve participated and led several mission trips to Ethiopia and trained pastors on biblical leadership in Bermuda, The Bahamas, and Ethiopia. I’ve served as a leadership coach and mentor to various pastors and leaders at MBC and other churches and authored Intentional Relationships: A Practical, Christ-Centered Approach to Mentoring, used in training for Orphan Care Ethiopia.
I’m a biblical counselor, and I am presently finishing a Doctorate degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. In my full-time job, I work as a thought-leader and advisor to clients in financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, healthcare, academic institutions, manufacturing industries and defense contractors. My client engagements span the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, South America, South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Brazil and The Caribbean.
My wife Judy and I have been married for 40 years and have three children, Kendra Tucker Fykes, Kristen Tucker and Kenny Tucker, and four grandchildren, Madelyn, Remy, Layah and Austin.
God pursued me when I was 16 years old. I did not grow up in a Christian home; I had no idea who Jesus Christ was, and I didn’t know I could be saved from my past, present and future sins. So when a friend invited me to attend a summer “youth retreat,” I expected a weekend getaway with some friends. However, God had a different plan. He used Scripture to reveal my need for a Savior. At the end of the retreat, I repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
I began studying God’s Word daily, learning more about who Jesus Christ was and his life, death and resurrection. I began attending weekly youth group meetings and worship services, and because my dad began to see the sanctification process that God was doing in my life, he recommitted his life to Jesus and joined me at church.
During my freshman year in college, I lost my youth group “community” and began to regress in my spiritual walk. God intervened and placed Hannah, a strong Christian woman, in my life. We dated through college and got married nearly 27 years ago.
After marrying, we moved to Silver Spring, MD, where both Hannah and I pursued our graduate school studies. We also attended the Korean Trinity Presbyterian Church as well as the Korean Central Presbyterian Church – English Ministry (KCPC-EM). While attending KCPC-EM, God deepened my understanding of the gospel and created opportunities to serve the church. Hannah and I first served in the welcoming committee, then as small group leaders, and later I became an ordained deacon. I was eventually nominated to be the Deacon Board Chairman, and as a church, we began the process of becoming an independent church. This called the church to nominate, train, and ordain ruling elders. During this process I was nominated to sit in the interim session, where 6 deacons and the teaching elders/pastors led the shepherding functions of the church.
Soon after we moved to Leesburg, VA, and we decided that we needed to find a church closer to our home with more diverse members as we had a heart to invite our neighbors and friends to church. This led us to McLean Bible Church (Loudoun) where we have been attending since 2011. I have served in Kid’s Quest and as a small group leader. Both Hannah and I also serve as leaders in Bible Study Fellowship. We have been group discussion leaders, children’s leaders/supervisors, and currently serve as the Class Administrators for the Ashburn/Leesburg Satellite discussion groups.
My family has found ways to serve the church in various ways, and we thank God for the opportunities He has given us to thrive individually and alongside of our MBC church family.