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!
Alan was born in Dublin, Ireland where he spent his first 13 years. He and his family then moved to the United States and spent many years in Connecticut. Alan and his wife, Jackie, have been married for 15 years and have two daughters. They moved to Charlotte four years ago.
Alan was an educator for 20 years and, over the course of his career, he served as a middle school math teacher in a private school and in an inner city school. He was also principal of a Christian elementary school for five years. He is currently attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the Master of Divinity degree program. The Lord has called him to pastor and Alan is preparing for full-time ministry when he graduates next spring.
Heidi is a Master of Divinity student at Gordon-Conwell with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling. She is the mother of three grown boys, three daughters-in-love, and the grandmother of four who have stolen her heart.
The youngest of four, Heidi was born and raised in St. Louis. She then spent 14 years in southern New Jersey, and 17 years in Vicksburg, MS before being called by the Lord from her first career in Special Education.
Heidi relocated to Fort Mill, SC to attend seminary in August 2015. Prior to her move, she served her church and community as a member of the choir, a Sunday school teacher of children and adults, a writer and coordinator of an email prayer ministry, and writer of a daily devotion.
Although she misses her family and friends, Heidi is grateful for the new ones she has made since moving to Fort Mill, GCTS-Charlotte, and through her participation at Imagine Church. Heidi is grateful for Imagine and the opportunity to explore church leadership and ministry. She looks forward with anticipation for God’s next step as it is revealed in its (His) proper time.