Minister Velda Rucker
Velda Rucker was born February 9th, 1933 in Lee County, Arkansas to Mr. & Mrs. McKinley & Bertha Rucker. He was converted on the 2nd Wednesday in August of 1994 at the New Hope Baptist Church, under the pastorate of the Reverend Harper. He was called to preach the gospel in 1962. He was licensed in 1964, under the Reverend Benjamin Singleton. He later joined the Fellowship Baptist Church of Christ. There He met and married the former Nellie Taylor on November 27, 1965.
He was educated in the Public schools of Lee County, Arkansas. He received the Bachelor of Arts at the American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee. He received the Master of Arts from Ashland Theological Seminary of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Pastor Rucker did further studies at Trinity Theological Seminary in Newberg, Indiana.
He was an instructor at the "American Baptist College at Cleveland for 20 years. He taught "African American Christian Experience" at the Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. He was an instructor for "Opportunity Industrialization Center" in Cleveland. Pastor Rucker was head chaplain at the Cuyahoga County Jail for 13 years where he retired. Upon retirement, he worked as a volunteer at the City Mission. Later, he was hired by Clergy United for Juvenile Justice.
He was pastor of the Deliverance Baptist Church for eight years. He was called to pastor the Pathway Baptist Church in 1990, where he served for 13 years.
In 2003, he resigned his position at CUJI and Pathway Baptist Church and relocated to Sumter, South Carolina. Upon arriving in Sumter, he immediately, with his wife Nellie, joined the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church.
Pastor Rucker was appointed to the staff of the church by the senior pastor as the pastor of the Golden Ministry/Nursing Home Ministry/Prayer Band Ministry. He oversees the Tuesday worship and a Bible study service, senior's activities, Nursing Home services.