Bruce Jones, Pastor and Co-Creator
Bruce Jones is co-creator and pastor of Imagine Church and has had almost every experience imaginable in church world, serving as a youth minister, organizing pastor of a new church while in his 20s, and pastor of a college church then a university church which were among the fastest-growing faith communities in the Carolinas. He has served in both United Methodist and interdenominational faith settings. Bruce knows that we all have questions and struggles as well as victories and joys. He doesn’t worry about one’s past, because he knows that no one is too messed up for God or for God’s church.
With a daughter, Lauren, residing on St. John in the US Virgin Islands and a son, Jonathan, living in Charlotte, Bruce and Tyra have son Joshua in the home with them.
Minister, Imagine Kids
Gregory became a Christian as an adult, and, since experiencing the love of Christ, his focus and passion have been investing in relationships to draw others closer to God. As the Minister to Children and Families, his mission is to show Imagine Kids the extraordinary love of Christ and equip families of Imagine Church to raise their children in love and faith.
Gregory graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Charlotte in 2017 with a Master of Divinity degree. He served as the Ministerial Intern at Imagine Church for two years (2015-2017) as part of his Divinity degree program. While at seminary, Gregory met his wife, Tamra, who also partners in the family ministry at Imagine Church. They have four children, and, because they know the many challenges of being a family, that is why they are passionate about helping and equipping other families to love one another.
Gregory grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and played college football at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He enjoys college football, working out, and spending time with his wife and family.
Minister, Imagine Nation Youth
From age 17 when he attended South Eastern University in Lakeland, FL, Tim knew that he wanted to combine a passion for teaching and coaching with working alongside young people. He later graduated from Gardner Webb University with a degree in Physical Education. Fast forward to today, Tim is a teacher and coach at an area middle school and has been blessed to have influence on athletes and students alike. For the past 14 years he has hosted a weekly devotional meeting for Fellowship of Christian Athletes before school. In addition, he took a leap of faith in 2013 and became a youth minister of the church his family attended, sensing that God wanted to use him not just in his daily job, but where God placed him to do His work.
Tim is married to the love of his life, partner and friend Andrea Gunn. They have two beautiful daughters, Brooklyn and Annastin. Tim has committed his life to serving God and has learned that there’s no better place than to be in God’s will. He says they are so blessed to be part of such a passionate body of believers and he is grateful for the opportunity of working with the lives of our youth.
Minister, Worship and the Arts
Originally from Nashville, TN, Jennifer Tankersley worked in the professional entertainment industry performing around the country and abroad.
After moving to Charlotte ten years ago, Jennifer changed her focus from being on stage to teaching music, drama and dance.
Jennifer and her husband, Justin, recently opened a performing arts studio, Acting Up. They have two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Kate.
Jennifer feels blessed to have the opportunity to unite her passion for the arts with a leadership role at Imagine Church!
Originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area and having worked in Corporate America for 12 years after graduating from Purdue University, Kari decided to swap out her Industrial Engineering degree for a Domestic Engineering degree and become a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters, Lilli and Tabbi. Kari, husband Matt, and their family moved to the Charlotte area by way of Manhattan, KS in 2011, where Kari has continued to stay active with her philanthropic and volunteer work including serving with the schools' PTO's as President and other capacities, supporting the girls' school and club sports teams, and serving in a variety of roles coordinating mission and outreach activities for Imagine Church.
Kari was hired into the role of Church Administrator for Imagine Church in January 2020, and she is thrilled to have been afforded the opportunity to support Imagine Church and its staff members with their ministries.