Classic DACB Collection

All articles created or submitted in the first twenty years of the project, from 1995 to 2015.

Tucker, J.W.

Alternate Names: Jay Tucker
Pentecostal , Assemblies of God
Democratic Republic of Congo

JW Tucker JW Tucker was a missionary in Africa. Tucker was born in Lamar, Arkansas, and graduated from Southwestern Bible School in Enid, Oklahoma, in 1938. Tucker and his wife, Evangeline, received appointment as Assemblies of God missionaries and served in the Belgian Congo for over 25 years. The couple chose to remain there despite the dangers from the uprising after the granting of independence (1960), and Tucker was taken hostage in the city of Paulis. Fearful of an attack by American and Belgian paratroopers, Simba rebels hardened their attitudes toward the hostages. Tucker was clubbed to death and his body was later thrown into the crocodile-infested Bomokandi River. His wife and children, along with other missionaries, were later rescued by paratroopers.

Gary B. McGee


Angeline Tucker, He Is in Heaven (1965).

Derrill Sturgeon, “The Rest of the Story Must Be Told,” Mountain Movers, May 1986, p. 11.

This article is reproduced, with permission, from Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, copyright © 1998, by Gerald H. Anderson, W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. All rights reserved.