A strong local Church that is proclaiming “Jesus Is Lord”!
James and Susan Gardner are the pastors and founders of Jasper Christian Center and James Gardner Ministries, headquartered in the heartland of Northwest Alabama, in the city of Jasper. The church is known as a strong, Word of Faith, multicultural body of believers with an international vision to reach the world with the love of Jesus.
A Story of Faith and Victory!
Pastor James’ story of faith and victory begins in December of 1979, when he had a divine encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. After returning home from an evening of wrongdoing, he heard the voice of the Lord in his bedroom, which said, “James, if you do not get right with me, you will go to a devil’s hell!”
James understood those words and began to search diligently over the next four weeks to learn how to walk with God. It was then in January of 1980, disheartened and frustrated from unsuccessful searching that the Lord led James to turn on the telvision one evening. A prime time special was just beginning as the announcer said, “Hometown USA with Evangelist Kenneth Copeland.”
It was through this historic broadcast that James was introduced to the unadulterated message of the Word of Faith, leading him into a life of faith and victory through the Lord Jesus Christ. In less than a month, James had accepted God’s call upon his life to the ministry. Supernaturally, doors began to open for him to preach the Word and the Lord revealed to him that he would one day start a church in his hometown.
Susan, a native of Enterprise, Alabama grew up a Baptist with a deep hunger for more of God. She was introduced to the message of faith in 1981 and began to attend a Word of Faith church where she began to grow spiritually. Susan was working as a nurse in Birmingham, when friends at a mid-week church service introduced her and James in 1986. They attended a Phil Driscoll Christmas concert for their first date. Realizing God’s divine providence, they married on July 11th of 1987 and began working together in the ministry.
After the birth of their first child in 1989, they returned to James’ hometown, Jasper, Alabama and began the church that the Lord had spoken to James approximately 10 years earlier. With the Spirit of God as their only means of advertisement they held Jasper Christian Center’s first church service on July 9, 1989 with every chair filled. Today, JCC is a strong church family made up of people from all walks of life from over five counties, working together to reach the world for Jesus from Jasper.
Susan and James discovered their maximum joy and love as God has graced their home with their four children. Averill, their oldest, and her husband Jeremiah are minsterial assistants to her parents, and are also the church’s youth ministers. She is a graduate of Go Ministries. Jeremiah and Averill have two children, John Parker and Ezra. Sarah has a love for music and children, casting her into the roles of a worship team member and the director of infant and toddler nurseries. Sarah married Josh Bland in February of 2018. Kristin is actively involved in youth ministry, a Superkid Academy teacher, works in the media department, and also in the church office. She has a heart for missions – especially children. James Jr. is 15 years old and has a heart for God. He is in the teen class, on the JCC communion team, and is an usher. He also enjoys playing basketball.”
Pastors James and Susan Gardner are working diligently to reach people with the glorious gospel message that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Their ministry includes, teaching the Word, praying for the sick, and believing God for miracles in the lives of people. With a heart for helping young ministers, they conduct Minister’s Conferences, which give those attendees the courage, and wisdom they need for successful ministry. Through the means of church services, teaching seminars, television broadcasts, CD ministry, and the Internet, James and Susan are proclaiming the Truth of God’s Word with revelation and clarity.
Living a life of expectancy, they are ever reaching the World for Jesus!