Jason Tucker – elder / lead pastor
After graduating from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, Jason spent five years serving on the pastoral staff at a large suburban church in Shelby County. While ministering in that context, he and his wife Susie became increasingly aware of the fact that they were regularly driving past their actual neighbors to worship and minister in a community different from the Bluff Park neighborhood where God had specifically planted their family. Over time they began to feel an increasing burden to see a unique movement of the Gospel take root among their fellow Bluff Park neighbors.
After laying their desire to plant a new church before fellow pastors, leaders, and trusted friends, Jason’s call was confirmed and he stepped out in faith to become the lead pastor, chief repenter, visionary leader, custodian and general all around “get-er-done” cheerleader and equipper at Bluff Park Community Church.
Jason has served in various ministry settings from Birmingham, AL to the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan. In his free time he is often out working (playing) in his backyard garden, manning the grill, or cheering for the Crimson Tide (often, in the fall, all three at once).
Jason and Susie have been married for 17 years and have lived in Bluff Park since 2000. They have four children, which also means they drink lots of coffee.
Chad Sentell – elder
Chad has lived in and around Birmingham for 20 years, much of that in the Hoover area. After graduating from Beeson Divinity School and serving for several years in pastoral ministry within the local church, he followed the Lord’s leading into ministry as a hospice chaplain. Chad now provides leadership and training for other chaplains through a local hospice network based in Hoover.
After hearing about Bluff Park Community Church, Chad and his wife Kathy were intrigued by the opportunity to worship and serve in a church community closer to where they lived. Now, seeing many of those early dreams beginning to take shape, the Sentell’s are excited to see what God has in store for Bluff Park.
Chad helps provide shepherding and oversight for the various ministries of the church, while also leading a Community Group and preaching multiple times throughout the year. Kathy helps provide valuable leadership in the church’s nursery and children’s ministry.
Free time for Chad is often best spent filled with time on the porch, at the park or in the pool with his boys. (And he’s not opposed to an occasional Georgia Bulldog victory on the gridiron either!) Chad and Kathy have been married since 2011 and have two boys.
Sam Yother – elder
Sam and Anna moved with their girls to Birmingham from the Nashville area in 2011. After discovering that Bluff Park Community Church would soon be launching nearby, the Yother’s were excited to dive in and see what the Lord might be up to.
Sam helps to shepherd the ministries of the church by serving in the areas of finance, Community Group leadership and the teaching of our elementary age children. Anna also serves in the areas of children’s and women’s ministry.
Sam’s ideal Saturday would include a big breakfast with his girls before taking on whatever adventures are planned, whether it’s chores, yard work, or a family trip to the zoo. A crisp Fall afternoon celebrating an Auburn victory down on The Plains would be a sweet addition to the day as well.
Sam is Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for a regional Ambulance Service. He and Anna have been married for 12 years and have three children.
Mike Gelderman – worship leader
Mike orchestrates all things music at Bluff Park Community Church. He has been leading worship in Sunday gatherings and church camp settings since high-school.
Music is not just something Mike does, it is a part of who he is. At his last live show, he performed a mix of original songs alongside covers from the likes of U2, Phil Collins and Michael Jackson. He then topped all that off by totally rocking the theme song from Phineas and Ferb. Now that’s talent!
Mike is grateful for the opportunity to lead God’s people in gathered worship. He also serves the church by working to recruit and develop a team of worship leaders who are growing deeply in their relationship with God as well as in their skill as artists and musicians.
Originally from the Atlanta area, Mike is a Project Manager and Software Implementer at a company in nearby Homewood, AL. He couldn’t care less about college football, but he does consider himself to be a semi-professional chocolate-chip cookie eater.
Mike knew the first moment he met Cari that she was the girl he was going to marry. They have been married for 20 years and live in Bluff Park with their three children.
Kyra Moseley – administrative assistant
Kyra and her husband, Adam, moved back to the Birmingham area in 2014 after spending their first 8 years of marriage living in Huntsville, AL. Kyra graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2002 with a degree in Collaborative-Elementary Education and was a member of the women’s soccer team.
After teaching for 7 years, her first daughter was born, and she left the classroom to be a full-time mom and wife. Kyra and Adam now have 3 wonderful daughters who keep them very busy.
She enjoys playing outside with her family, cooking (not necessarily the clean-up after), coaching her daughter’s soccer team, cheering on her husband’s baseball team, and enjoying time with family and friends. She and her family are so grateful to have found Bluff Park Community Church, and Kyra is thankful for the opportunity to serve the church in this capacity.
Reeves Thompson – children’s ministry coordinator
Reeves and her husband, Morgan, have lived in the Hoover area for the last 10 years. Reeves graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2000 with a degree in Collaborative-Elementary Education. After college, Reeves spent the following 11 years teaching third grade in the Hoover City Schools. Moving into this position as childcare coordinator felt like a perfect fit. Her love for children and teaching make this a seamless transition back into working with children and curriculum.
After the birth of her second child, she stepped away from the classroom to focus her time and energy on her growing family. Reeves and Morgan now have 3 children (2 sons and 1 daughter) who keep them very busy!
Reeves enjoys spending time with her family, running in the very early morning, needlework, reading, coffee, and watching her children play and enjoy sports! She and her family are thankful and excited to be a part of the growing community of Bluff Park Community Church. Reeves is thrilled to be “back in the classroom” loving on babies and kids!