GPC Board of Directors
Serving as our newly appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors is the Director of the SpiritCare Center, Sevierville TN, Tim Nuckles. From the very birth of this organization, Pastor Nuckles has been instrumental in the growth and the expansion of God’s Pit Crew. Before his most recent position in, Tim was the Church of God Administrative Bishop of Louisiana, and spent 2 years as the Assistant Director of the Smokey Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, TN. Tim spent over 30 years in a pastoral leadership role. Pastor Nuckles attended Lee University and is currently enrolled in the Church of God Theological Seminary. In addition, Tim has served on countless National State boards, and we know that he will provide tremendous leadership to the Board of Directors of God’s Pit Crew.
Evangelist Tracy Stone is known for his heart of worship, anointing and burning desire to see souls saved. His very heartbeat is to see people who are lost and hurting delivered through the power of Jesus Christ.
Tracy Stone was born October 23, 1971. He was raised along with five siblings in Middlesex, NC by his parents Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Stone. Going to church was the number one focus of his family. Everything was centered around church. At the tender age of 5 Tracy received Jesus Christ. Those around Tracy saw that there was an unusual anointing on his life. It was then Tracy’s grandfather, the late Reverend Isaac Hinton, sensed that Tracy was Called of God and just before Rev. Hinton went to be with the Lord, he prayed a blessing over Tracy’s life, and he passed his “Mantle of Anointing” on to Tracy. At age 8, he received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and at age 15 Tracy started to evangelize, carrying this torch that was passed onto him to our lost and dying world.
Throughout his life and ministry Tracy knew the importance of having a spiritual covering. Therefore, Tracy has surrounded himself with spiritual mothers and fathers. A strong healing anointing rests upon Tracy Stone. Many have witnessed and experienced miracles that have taken place through this servant of God. In 2001, Tracy pioneered and founded a church in Georgia. In 2002, Tracy returned to full-time evangelism and traveled the world until October 2006. Tracy is currently the Pastor at Centerpoint Church of God in Griffin Georgia and together they have been a huge blessing to God’s Pit Crew.
At the young age of eighteen years, the Lord called Pastor Roger and his wife Garnie into ministry while living in Alexandria, Virginia. They answered the call to move to Danville, Virginia in 1970, but God had plans in the interim for them that included a two year journey to live overseas while in the military.
In June 1977, Pastor Roger and Garnie became two of sixteen original charter members of White Oak Worship Center, formerly known as Full Gospel Fellowship Church. For the first few years of the church’s existence Pastor Roger made sure that the “pulpit was filled,” but God continued to gently call him into full-time ministry.
After much prayer and maybe a little pleading Pastor Roger became our senior pastor in February 1980. Since that time God has used Pastor Roger to not only declare the truths of God in a powerful, practical and even humorous way, but God also gave him the gift of being a powerful soul winner. Many people have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ because of the compassion, care and preaching of Pastor Roger.
Both Pastor Roger and Garnie, hold Masters degrees in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology in Atlanta Georgia.
Most importantly Pastor Roger and Garnie are known for being loving, gentle shepherds over our flock. The word “pastor” can be overused today, but simply put, there is no better word to describe this man of God and his dear wife!
James Hodge has been a faithful supporter and volunteer for GPC for many years. He has been all over the United States working with teams and helping to make every project run smoothly. James is a valuable addition to the God’s Pit Crew team. James retired from Goodyear tire and rubber company.
Dr. Tim Hill
Dr. Tim Hill is the General Overseer of the Church of God, where he leads approximately 6 million members of nearly 30,000 churches in 181 countries and territories outside North America. A graduate of Lee University, Hill previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of the denomination, holding various positions.
Dr. Hill is the author of the newly?released, The Amos Paradigm: Life at the Speed of Favor. He also wrote Beyond the Mist: A Quest for Authentic Revival; both books are available in Spanish. Other writings include six books of sermons and 150 gospel songs. Many of his songs have been recorded by the nation’s top gospel artists, and one of his compositions, “He’s Still in the Fire,” was voted Song of the Year by Gospel Voice magazine. Hill has traveled extensively throughout the United States and around the world, ministering in denominational and interdenominational conventions, camp meetings, and conferences.
At the core of Dr. Hill’s ministry is his passion for revival and completing the Great Commission.
Hill is married to Paula; they have three daughters: Melinda, Brittany, and Tara. Melinda is married to Dr. Tim Maness, and are parents to Timothy Brayden, Hailey Taylor, and Lucas Reid Maness. Tara is married to Justin Sharpe, who is also a Church of God minister.
Represents the 14th House District (includes Danville, parts of Pittsylvania County, and parts of Henry County) in the Virginia House of Delegates Personal: Born in Danville, VA; married to Kaye Hardy; has one daughter and two grandsons Education: George Washington High School, Danville Community College and Averett University Membership & Affiliation: Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce (former president)? Pittsylvania Economic Development (former board member)? Dan River Region Vision (former board member)? Virginia Masonry Council (former chairman) Virginia Concrete and Masonry (former chairman) National Concrete and Masonry (former chairman) Business: Former President of Marshall Concrete Products of Danville, Inc. Synergy Racing, President Elected Office: Danville City Council 2000-2001 Virginia House of Delegates 2002 to present
Pastor Jackie Poe and his late wife, Sheree were married for 35 years. They began their ministry at Cliffview Church of God, in Galax, Virginia, serving as Youth Pastors for 16 years. In 1994, they were blessed with the opportunity to serve as Youth and Associate Pastors at the Riveroak Church of God in Danville, Virginia, for 5 years. In 1999, they were appointed Senior Pastors at Martinsville Church of God in Martinsville, Virginia. He led the church in building and relocating to a new facility, The Church at Mercy Crossing, in June of 2005. As of August, 2016, they will celebrate 17 years of serving as Senior Pastors. His passion is to see the church be the church by leading people to Christ and teaching them to grow, love, and serve their family, church, and others.
Patricia McGuire has lived and raised her family in the Danville/Pittsylvania community her entire life. Her Daughter, son-in-law, one year old grandson and four year granddaughter live in Ringgold, VA. Patricia is a life time member of Riverview Baptist Church. Patricia is an Assistant Vice President for BB&T and the Financial Center Leader for the Chatham/Tightsqueeze Branch. She has been in banking for over 35 years. Patricia currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Danville/Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity and the Family Selection Committee for Habitat. She has actively enjoyed this role for over 4 years.
Pastor Alex Burgos has been a member of The Brooklyn Tabernacle for over 28 years. In 2002 he joined the staff where he serves as Administrative Pastor, does extensive counseling and gives oversight to more than 20 volunteer ministries in the church. He is a graduate of NYACK College – Alliance Theological Seminary where he received a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies and Counseling.
Barry is one of the original founders of Spirit FM. He is Executive Vice President of Positive Alternative Radio, the non-profit ministry that operates Spirit FM, as well as a number of other Christian stations in Virginia and the surrounding states. Barry was first introduced to God’s Pit Crew while attending a NASCAR race in Martinsville in 2000. He recalls saying to Randy “If there is ever anything Spirit FM can do for you, let me know.” That was before Spirit FM had expanded to Danville and much of Virginia. Barry says, “God’s Pit Crew is a valuable ministry partner to Spirit FM. They go and do what we could never do, so we do what we can do with radio to increase awareness of God’s Pit Crew.” Barry has been married to Linda for 37 years and they have two married daughters and one grandson.
Tony R. Stone
Tony R. Stone lives in Wilson, NC with his wife, Brenda. They were high school sweethearts, and have been married for 48 years. They attend Middlesex Church of God where they met over 50 years ago. Tony has held many leadership positions in his local church and is currently serving on the Board of Elders. He also serves on the Church of God State Layman’s Board, and on the Board of Directors of the Church of God Children’s Home in Kannapolis, NC. He is also a member of the Board of Managers of The Heritage Bank in Middlesex. Tony has been a licensed auctioneer and real estate broker for 38 years, and has served as the president of the Auctioneers Association of NC, and as chairman of the Auctioneers Licensing Board of NC, and was inducted into the North Carolina Auctioneer’s Hall of Fame. His company, United Country Stone Auction & Realty has donated their time and resources to help raise millions of dollars for churches, schools, Christian missions, and civic organizations. His passion is helping people in need and winning souls for Christ. His favorite hobby is flying his Cessna 206.
Barry was born in Danville, VA 1961 and is married to Tamra Riddle. Barry and Tamra have two children- Erin and Brantley.
Education – George Washington HS, Emmanuel College-Business Administration, Northern Virginia Community College- Accounting and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. A veteran of the US Air Force from 1981 – 1985. Served with the Air Force Presidential Honor Guard and Drill Team while stationed in Washington, DC. Barry’s highest calling while in the Honor Guard was honoring the memory of Air Force heroes with their burial in Arlington National Cemetery, serving as a Casket Bearer.
Barry is a Financial Advisor with Davenport & Company LLC as a First Vice President – Investments. Has served in the financial services industry for over 22 years. “God’s Pit Crew is near and dear to my heart and has been for many years now. It is truly a joy and a privilege to serve as a God’s Pit Crew Volunteer and also a Board Member.”
Born and raised in Danville, Virginia, Kathy graduated from Tunstall High School, Averett University with a secretarial degree, and High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Education. She grew up learning to love the Lord at St. John’s United Methodist Church where she was baptized and married. Kathy and her husband, Doug, have been married for 40 years. They both have been God’s Pit Crew volunteers for 6 years. Doug drives a tractor trailer for the Crew and has been on many disaster trips.
Banking has been her career for 39 years starting with Schoolfield Bank & Trust, then First Virginia Bank, then BB&T where she retired as Assistant Vice President and Financial Center Leader of the Westover Branch. She also sold real estate part-time for Lois Bowen Realty/Better Homes and Gardens for 6 years in Danville.
Currently she is Treasurer and a Board member of the Westover Hills Community Center, The Danville Speech and Hearing Center and The Danville Professional Women’s Association.
Tom was born on February 19, 1959 at Dover Air Force Base Dover, Delaware, where his father was a career Air Force NCO. His family moved to central California in 1961 and stayed there until his father’s retirement in 1969. In 1969 the family moved back to his father’s home town of Washington, D.C. A Short time later the family settled in the Marlow Heights area of Prince George’s County.
Tom grew up and went to school in that area, graduating from Potomac High School (Oxon Hill, MD.) in 1977. After High School, Tom obtained a Firefighter’s Certificate from the University of Maryland and joined the Silver Hill Volunteer Fire Department and continued to volunteer there until 1981.
Tom married his wife, Paula, on September 7, 1980, moved to Florida in 1981 and in 1985 the Lord blessed Tom and Paula with their daughter, Kristin Marie. Tom worked in the automobile repair industry until being hired by the Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office in 1999. He was promoted to Detective in July of 2003. His first assignment as a detective was in the Child Abuse unit and he investigated cases of child abuse & neglect until being transferred to the Homicide unit in January of 2005. During that assignment, Tom investigated numerous homicides and other death investigations until being transferred to the Violent Crimes unit in 2012.
In March of 2014, Tom retired from the Sheriff’s Office and in August of 2014, started his own Private Investigation firm in Tampa, Florida specializing in criminal defense and trial preparation. Tom has been attending City Life Church, formerly University Church of God) for the last 15 years, where he has been serving on the Missions Board of City Life Church, under Pastor Tony Stewart, for the last ten years.
Tom currently resides in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, a suburb of Tampa.
Mike, a Danville native, was privileged to grow up with two wonderful and Godly parents, James and Janice Newcomb. He grew up attending RiverOak Church of God under the leadership of Pastors Tim Hill and Tim Nuckles. It was at RiverOak that Mike first met Randy Johnson and began volunteering with God’s Pit Crew. While running his family business for 18 years, God continually placed a burden upon Mike’s heart for ministry. In 1997, on a visit to the emergency room, God placed Mike in the path of the future Mrs. Stephanie Newcomb. They were married in 1998 and have been blessed with two beautiful children, Anthony and Emily.
Over the years God continued to draw both Mike and Stephanie closer to answering the call of ministry. In the late winter of 2013, God completely confirmed this call upon his life while on a trip to Haiti with God’s Pit Crew. In August of that same year, God moved Mike and his family to Covington,Louisiana. It was in Covington where they relaunched a church with only 12 people in its congregation. With God’s favor they have been blessed to see their church grow to 130 people in two short years. Mike is excited to see what God has in store for GPC in the future and is privileged to be such an intricate part of this team.
Paul E. Parker
Paul and his wife Leigh Anne Parker have owned and operated Magnet America located in King, NC since 2012. Before purchasing Magnet America, Mr. Parker served as COO of MVP Group International. Additionally, Mr. Parker has over 20 years of experience in Distribution and Supply Chain operations with major national apparel brands.
Keith Hawes is the Lead Pastor of Maranatha Fellowship a dynamic, growing multigenerational and multicultural church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Keith holds a Bachelors degree in International/Community Development and Evangelism from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University. His proudest accomplishment is being a husband to Melissa and a father to their daughter, Olivia. Keith is excited about serving God’s Pit Crew and the work GPC does around the world.
Joseph Byrd is a Pastor, Attorney and Theologian. He has served congregation in North Dakota, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee and Michigan as well as seminary professor. He also practiced law for 8 years, serving as the County Attorney for Bradley County, Tennessee for 5 years of those 8 years. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from the Northwest Bible College (1984); the M.Div. from the Church of God Theological Seminary (1987); the Ph.D. in Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1990); and the J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law (2002). He is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Tennessee and Florida. Joe was Lead Pastor of the Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center from 1992 to 2004 and returned as Lead Pastor in October 2012. Often called upon by leaders and pastors to provide legal advice, he founded and now is the Director of the Institute for Church Administration and Law which produces educational resources for pastors and local churches. www.ical.today . He is married to Carmela (1981) a worship leader at their church, and they have two daughters and four grandchildren.