You brought me back from the brink of death, from the depths below. Now here I am, alive and well, fully restored!

PSALM 30:3

The Passion Translation




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.

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. Pastoring a local Church for many years, their ministry is now in a time of transition.

With the compassion of Jesus in their hearts, they desire to help train believers to live and walk more like Jesus everyday. This includes equipping people with the knowledge and understanding of the authority that Jesus gave each of us. Living on the inside of every believer is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. We cannot let this lie dormant. It is vital that we all learn how to bring the life of Jesus into any situation, and set captives free.

Living a life of expectancy, they are ever Reaching the World for Jesus!