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.

Music Team Leader

Andy Holland

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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!)



Terry VanZant

Terry grew up in Charleston, Illinois, and graduated from Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois with degrees in piano performance. In addition to her music ministry at GCC, she is a teacher at Gaston Christian School, teaching history for 7th and 8th grade students.


Toddler / Nursery Leader

Beverly Gale

Beverly Gale is a mom of two children and is leading the volunteers who staff our Sunday Morning Nursery.  Beverly is, as she puts it, "a Home Grown, G-town Girl" who graduated from Hunter Huss High School. She also graduated from Western Carolina University with a  B.S. degree in Sociology.
Worship starts at 9:45, so parents can bring the children to the nursery as early as 9:30.  The worship service ends at 11:00.  We look forward to your being with us.  All of our volunteer staff have background checks, and are people well-known to the congregation. Come join us!


Children's Ministry Leader

Joyce Smith

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Joyce Smith coordinates activities with our Toddler and Elementary-aged children.  
Several times per year they have picnic outings, go bowling, ice-skating, do simple building projects,
have a VBS, and do other fun activities.   She also helps teach them on Sunday mornings along with
other weekly volunteers.    Joyce is married to Don Smith and they are both very active in the church.
Here educational background includes:

University of South Carolina, Aiken, SC:   B.A. in Psychology with cognate in Sociology
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC:  Master in Macro Social Work;  Master in Public Health Administration

  • SC Vocational Rehabilitation Service Award for Excellence
  • School Social Worker of the Year
  • Gaston County Family Advocate


Financial Secretary

Sarah Day

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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.