Pastor Josh & Heather
Pastor Josh and Heather Tucker joined Spokane Baptist in 2006, ministering alongside Pastor Tom and Jan Asbury who planted the church in 2005. Pastor Josh was trained in the ministry by personal discipleship and was ordained in 2010. He became the senior Pastor in 2014 after Pastor Asbury was called home to be with Christ. Pastor Josh was born in a Christian home and grew up loving the Lord and serving in church. He met his wife Heather in youth group and they were married in 2004.
Heather began attending church with her mom when she was just 2 years old, and accepted Christ as her Saviour when she was 5, and also grew up serving in church.
Josh and Heather’s daughter, Evangeline, was born in 2007, and their son, Hugo, was born in 2016. Evangeline was born with a genetic deletion that causes her a lot of difficulty and pain (including seizures, heart failure, global developmental delay, sensory processing disorders, and more). It is through these ongoing medical trials with their daughter that Josh and Heather are learning how to really trust the Lord and what a humble walk with Jesus is supposed to look like.
Elder Farooq & Tahreem
Elder Farooq and his wife Tahreem joined Spokane Baptist in 2017 and primarily serve in Missions outreach and with our Children’s ministry. The Farooq family is in America as refugees from Pakistan. Farooq was a pastor of several small house churches in Pakistan, as well as the principal of a public school there. The Lord made a way for the Farooqs to come to America after some time living in Sri Lanka while they awaited approval of their refugee status and settlement into the United States.
In addition to their work at Spokane Baptist, Farooq runs a missionary work called the “Little Flock” ministry to get support and encouragement to the believers in Pakistan in their native Urdu language.
Farooq and Tahreem have four boys: their oldest Uphaz, and then the triplets: Joshua, Faraz, and Sheraz. This dear family brings a wonderfully unique perspective to our church, and not only puts a face on the ‘persecuted church’ around the world, but also stands as a powerful testimony of God’s power to deliver out of even impossible seeming hardships.
Elder Don & Cathy
Don and Cathy Tucker joined Spokane Baptist church at the very beginning in 2006 when the church was still just about a dozen people meeting in the basement of a home. Despite having been disappointed in some leadership positions in previous churches, Don soon agreed to serve as SBC’s first Deacon, and quickly took on more and more responsibility for helping to oversee the church. He was ordained as an ‘Elder’ in 2019 after retiring from his business work.
Don met his wife Cathy in a dance class at WSU and they were married in 1977. Don spent his business career working as a CPA and then as a CFO. Cathy worked part time as a Veterinarian (small animal) and full time raising their 2 kids (Josh and Stephanie).
Both Don and Cathy grew up in families that were pro-God, but without any real understanding of the Gospel. During college, Cathy went to a Billy Graham movie where she first heard the Gospel clearly. Shortly after getting married, she trusted Christ as her Saviour and started attending a local church. Don started a Bible study with a friend from that church and was saved shortly after Cathy. They have both attended and faithfully served in church ever since.