Born August 18, 1952, in the original birthplace of Mardi Gras (Mobile, Alabama) is James Tucker Jr.. He was the oldest son birthed to the late Florida Mae and James Tucker Sr.. He has three sisters: Flora, Alice and Bobby Jean; one brother the late Jesse Tucker.
In 1970, James Tucker Jr., left the city of Mobile and relocated to Houston. There he met and married his soul mate Patricia Tucker on May 15, 1973.
A Life Changing Experience
It was in 1982 around noon when James Tucker Jr., was confronted with an experience that would change life as he had known it. While, serving at Harris County’s Precinct 4, James was making plans to open up a club. Accordingly, he had purchased all of the necessities needed to debut his venture; with the exception of a liquor license that was scheduled to arrive within a matter of days. However, his plans were short lived when he was struck with an illness that forced him to get in his vehicle and drive as close as he could to safety.
After which all he remembered was being in the back of an ambulance. In the midst of being transported from Huffman to Humble, Texas; all that James knew was that he could hear voices that were saying, “We are losing him”. Though the paramedics were doing all they could to spare his life, James was caught in between two worlds. Tucker recollects vividly of how the paramedics were desperately working, when all of a sudden he heard one of the two women voices remote to the front to let the driver know that he had expired. They covered him with a sheet and begin calling the hospital. He was officially pronounced dead. Notifications were made to his wife and his job that he had passed. Throughout the entire episode, James constantly called and cried out to the Lord. He called out twice to God and after hearing no response, he cried out one last time and told God that if he spared his life that he would do whatever He wanted him to. It was at that third time, that a voice spoke to him and said, “Go out and let the world know that you have been called to preach”. At that moment, he raised up from under the sheet that had just been placed over him; the paramedics that had worked on him were startled and frightened at the same time.
After the encounter that he had just experienced all that James remembered doing was preaching and constantly crying out to the Lord. James declares that he literally preached his first sermon that very day in the back of the ambulance that afternoon. Through the immediate change that fell upon Tucker, his example was felt amongst his employers and co-workers. Not long after his miraculous experience, he recalls his White superior coming to him with tears in his eyes. His supervisor asked him if he believed in the “Good Book”? Tucker responded, “Absolutely”, at which case his supervisor began to beg him forgiveness and he forgave him. From that day forward he received salvation also. As such, not only did that ambulace ride save James, but his supervisor as well.
Consistent with the call that he received, Rev. James Tucker Jr., officially preached his first sermon, “Change Your Lifestyle and Turn to the Lord” from Psalm 116:1-9; at Community Missionary Baptist Church, under the guidance of the late Pastor James Harris. He was later ordained at Live Oak Baptist Church where the late Rev. Hunt served as Pastor.
Christian Way Baptist Church was organized at the Greater Rosehill Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Richard Jones Sr.. On October 11, 1988, Pastor James Tucker Jr., along with his family and friends established Christian Way Baptist Church, located at 1016 Adolph, 77091. Through the years, Christian Way has grown abundantly and has ministered and served to a vast majority of people from all walks of life. Christian Way Baptist Church is a part of a loving congregation with a big heart. The church subscribes to a church motto that states, “Let all things be done decently and in order” I Corinthians 14:40.
Pastor James Tucker Jr., rests assured that he has never forsaken the call that was placed upon him, nor has he strayed away from the vow that he promised God over 25 years ago. When asked, Sis. Patricia Tucker stated that she, “is a proud First Lady and is thankful of the privilege and opportunity to labor and serve for and with her husband of 40 years in the ministry of which God has entrusted to him”. Pastor James Tucker Jr., has four sons: Rodney, Corey, James III and Joshua. Pastor Tucker has proven to be an exemplary leader. His youngest son, Bro. Joshua Tucker serves as Minister of Music, while Rev. James Tucker III is an Associate Minister of Christian Way Baptist Church. Pastor Tucker is the owner of Tucker Charter Bus Transportation, a professional transportation service. Stop by Christian Way Baptist Church located at 1016 Adolph, 77091 to contact the church call: (713) 694-9433