RC’s EDUCATION: Graduated from the University of West Florida in 1977 with a BA Degree
in Psychology. Attended the Salvation Army College for Officer Training from 1978-1980
and was ordained as a Salvation Army Officer (Minister) in 1980. Education also includes
graduate studies in Public Administration at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, and
Christian Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC.
GAIL’s EDUCATION: Gail attended Jeffersontown High School while living Louisville,
KY. She attended the University of Louisville from 1976 until 1978. From 1978 until
1980, she attended The Salvation Army College for Officer Training in Atlanta, GA
and was ordained as a Salvation Army Officer in 1980. Of course, that’s where she
met R.C. Gail also attended Southwest Florida College from 2002 until 2003 and earned
a degree in Medical Transcription.
RC and GAIL’S PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: RC served as an associate Salvation Army
officer in High Point, NC from 1980 until 1981. Gail served as an associate Salvation
Army officer in Raleigh, NC and Anderson, SC from 1980 until 1982.
In 1981, RC was appointed to the faculty of The Salvation Army College for Officer
Training in Atlanta, GA. Gail joined him in that appointment when they were married
on April 17, 1982. They served together as co-pastors of Salvation Army congregations
in the following cities: Hendersonville, NC, Gastonia, NC, Greenville, SC, and Fort
Myers, FL. In between some of those appointments, they served on Salvation Army
Divisional Headquarters in Louisville, KY and Washington, DC, overseeing regional
Youth Ministry and Summer Camps.
R.C. and Gail left The Salvation Army in 2003 and formed Oasis Ministries of Southwest
Florida, a hospitality ministry for that brought pastors from various denominations
to Fort Myers Beach for periods of rest and renewal. They are taking a sabbatical
from that ministry for a period of time.
From 2003-2007, RC has served as the Executive Director of the Cape Coral Housing
Rehabilitation and Development Corporation. In 2007 he became the Director of Operations
for Lamb of God Church, a Lutheran–Episcopal Congregation in the San Carlos / Estero
area of Lee County. He worked at that church until just recently, having resigned
to become the Pastor of Peace Community Church on April 6, 2015.
Before becoming a Salvation Army Minister, Gail served as a referral counselor through
the United Way of Louisville, KY. After leaving The Salvation Army, for a short
time she served as a medical transcriptionist, servicing the IMA practice and also
the Lee Memorial Hospital Emergency Rooms. She returned to The Salvation Army, Lee
County, FL in August 2004. She is currently the Executive Secretary to the Area Commander.
She will continue in that position even as she takes on her new, part time role as
Minister of Worship and Music for Peace Community Church.
RC and Gail have continually maintained their ordination as ministers of the gospel,
even during the times when they were not serving as pastors. Their ordination is
currently held with the International Council of Community Churches.
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