Bio

Dr. William Powell Tuck

Dr. William Powell Tuck (Bill) is a retired Baptist minister living in the Richmond, VA area. He has served as Interim Pastor at Dover Baptist Church, Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, Chamberlayne Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia and Westover Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia and before that was Intentional Interim Pastor at Cool Spring Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia and as Pastor in the Interim at First Baptist Church in Raleigh, N C. Walnut Hills Baptist Church, Williamsburg, VA, and Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton, VA.  He has served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Lumberton, NC.  For ten years before this, he served as pastor of St. Matthews Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to this, he also served as pastor in Virginia: Good Hope Baptist, Aroda; First Baptist Church, Bristol and Harrisonburg Baptist Church, and at Calvary Baptist Church in Slidell, Louisiana. He has served as Professor of Christian Preaching for five years at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has also been Interim Pastor in Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and Virginia. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Preaching at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond; visiting lecturer at Virginia Intermont College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Dr. Tuck is a native of Virginia, a graduate of Bluefield College and the University of Richmond, received his B.D. and Th.M. degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Theology degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has done additional graduate work at Emory University and summer studies at Oxford, England and St. Andrews University in Scotland.

He is the author or editor of forty books, including The Difficult Sayings of Jesus, The Rebirth of the Church, Conversations with My Grandchildren about God, Religion, and Life; Which Voice Will You Follow? The Abiding Presence, Star Thrower: A Pastor’s Handbook, The Forgotten Beatitude: Worshiping through Stewardship, A Pastoral Prophet: Sermons and Prayers of Wayne E. Oates, Overcoming Sermon Block, Modern Shapers of Baptist Thought in America, A Pastor Preaching: Toward a Theology of the Proclaimed Word, The Journey to the Undiscovered Country: What’s Beyond Death, The Lord’s Prayer Today, The Church Under the Cross, Authentic Evangelism, The Way for All Seasons, Our Baptist Tradition, Through the Eyes of a Child, Getting Past the Pain: Making Sense of Life’s Darkness, Love as a Way of Living, The Compelling Faces of Jesus, and Facing Life’s Ups and Downs. He has contributed to numerous collections including The Twentieth Century Pulpit, Best Sermons, Biblical Preaching: An Expositor’s Treasury, The Minster’s Manual and The Library of Distinctive Sermons. He has written over two hundred articles, which have been published in such magazines as Theology Today, Review and Expositor, The New Pulpit Digest, Proclaim, The Christian Ministry, Biblical Preaching, Now, and Sharing The Practice.

He is past president of the Academy of Parish Clergy, and a past member of the Academy of Preachers. He has been a trustee of The Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Intermont College and Chowan College.  He is past president of the VA Baptist Interim Ministers Network, president of the VA Baptist Historical Society Executive Committee, and Chair of the Advisory Council of Bluefield College.. He has been listed in Who’s Who in Religion; the International Who’s Who in Community Service, the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership and the Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.  He was awarded the Man and Boy Award from the Bristol Boys Club, a Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of Richmond, and was made a Walter Pope Binns’ Fellow by William Jewell College. He received the 1997 Parish Pastor of the Year Award from the Academy of Parish Clergy. He has spoken at numerous universities and pastor’s schools, including the 1990 lectures on Preaching at Wake Forest University.  In 1999 he was awarded “The Medallion” from the National Boy and Girls Club. On October 13, 2016, he received the Wayne E. Oates Award from the Oates Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.

He has served on the Baptist World Alliance Worship Study Commission and the Theology and Aid Committees; the Poteat Scholarship Committee for Wake Forest University;  President of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club, Lumberton, N. C.; President Board of Directors, Robeson Family Counseling Center; Past President of the Board of Directors for the Center for Baptist Heritage; President of the Lumberton Rotary Club, and a member of The Executive Committee of the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Tuck is married to Emily Campbell and is the father of two grown children and has five grandchildren.
Listen to an interview with Dr. William Tuck