Church Planter, Pastor

Mark Tankersley

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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 was the Associate Pastor at First ARP Church, and became the Church Planter of this new daughter Church. Previously he 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.  Mark 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 worked for three years as Camp Director for a Christian Camp & Conference Center near Atlanta, GA, and then attended Erskine Theological Seminary where he received his M. Div. 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.