Pastor, Church Planter
Pastor Mark has been with Gaston Community Church as Church Planting Pastor since 2008, along with the Music Leader, Andy Holland, and a good core group of people from various churches. Mark previously served as Pastor in Statesville, NC and in Tampa, FL; and as Associate Pastor at First ARP in Gastonia. He grew up in the town of Travelers Rest, SC where came to faith in Jesus Christ when he was ten years old through the preaching ministry of a local church near his home.
He attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC; and Berea College, KY, where he received his B.S. degree in Religion. He attended Erskine Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree. Since then he has done some extended studies through Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte and in Orlando.
He is married to Jan Tankersley from Rock Hill, SC and they have two children: Carole-Anne and Hudson.
Worship Team Leader
Andy grew up in Gastonia and is a graduate of Appalachian State University (Bachelor of Music Performance) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity). He and his wife Cathy have 4 children: Jami, Matthew, Michael, and Kati. He has been involved in local church ministry since college. Andy’s goal is to glorify God and lead others to worship God “in Spirit and in Truth”. For Andy, music is not an end to itself, but a means to worship God. Andy has been leading our Praise Team since our beginning as a mission church. Andy’s hobbies include painting, song writing, reading, tennis, listening to old records, watching old movies and visiting the local goodwill store for bargains and collectibles (usually old records). Andy’s idea of the perfect day off is a day trip (with Cathy) to the Boone/Blowing Rock area and long rides on the Blue Ridge Parkway (with the top down!)
Sarah grew up just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. After marrying a Gastonia native, she finished her B.A. of Accounting at Belmont Abbey College and, shortly after, earned her Master of Accountancy degree from Gardner-Webb University. Sarah handles the bookkeeping for the church as well as assisting with clerical work, such as the weekly bulletins. She works closely in conjunction with the Treasurer and the Finance Committee of GCC. Sarah thoroughly enjoys accounting, and considers it a privilege to serve the Kingdom in this manner. She and her husband, Tim, are grateful parents of two sweet boys – Max and Mason.
Family & Youth Ministry Leader
Daniel Cooper, better known as Coop, was born and raised in Gibsonville NC. He is one of seven kids in a big, happy family. Coop enjoys being outside and playing sports with friends and family but his heart burns for youth ministry. All Coop wants is for every kid to know how good God is. He started working in youth ministry when he was 15 at a camp called Journey Camp. Journey is geared towards saving and helping broken and lost kids by telling them about the only One that can save and help. Coop was also involved in a student ministry at the church where he grew up at called The Lambs Chapel. He led a small group for 9th and 10th graders. Coop’s only goal is to show the kids who God really is and have them fall in love with Him. God loves us so much and will do anything to be good to us.