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Dr. Tom Nuckels

Tom is the Director of Spriritual Care for Lifeline Chaplaincy Central Texas. He began his work with Lifeline Chaplaincy on July 1, 2008, following 30 years of preaching ministry. He attended Southwest Texas State University, where he met his wife, the former Janice Kaufman, of Leander. They were married in 1978 while he was a student at the Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock. Upon graduation, in 1979, they moved to Bloomington, Texas, where they began their first work with the church there. In 1981, they returned to Lubbock to continue their training with the Sunset School of Missions along with several other families preparing for overseas missions. In October 1982, they became part of five-family team and participated in a successful church plant in the city of Bucaramanga, Colombia, where they made their home for the next seven years. Returning to the states in 1989, they moved to Hood River, Oregon, where Tom preached until June 1995. Then Tom served as minister for the next 13 years with the Elgin (Texas) Church of Christ. He and Janice now make their home in Liberty Hill. Janice is employed with the Elgin Independent School District where she serves as Administrative Assistant with the High School. During his tenure as minister in Elgin, Tom was able to travel to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where he did his training in Clinical Pastoral Education and served that institution as an on-call chaplain from 2000-2010. Tom holds degrees from Regents College of the University of the State of New York (B.S.-1998), Pepperdine University (M.S. in Ministry-1998), and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry, 2013). He and Janice have two sons, Jonathan, who lives in Austin, and Phillip, who resides in Bridgeport, Texas.

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The Greatest Invitation from God to Israel and to Us Today

Posted by Dr. Tom Nuckels on June 15, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Mike Cope tells the story of how Don Jackson, an elder in the church, served part of his career in government as senior U.S. liaison officer to the Court of Saint James. Listen to his personal description of being invited into the presence of the queen of England:

“I was aware of a commotion outside of my office window at the American Embassy in London. I looked out the window and saw a royal carriage painted red and gold and drawn by four magnificent , matched, dapple-gray horses, and accompanied by a troop of Royal Grenadiers. I returned to my desk, and shortly my secretary appeared at the door and said, "You have a guest." She stepped back to reveal a gentleman dressed in red and gold, highly bemetaled, bewigged, and carrying a mace which he pounded on the floor three times. Then he unfurled a scroll and began to read: Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and her other realms and territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith…commands the Lord Chamberlain to invite Dr. and Mrs. Don Jackson to an evening reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 26ffi November 1980, at 7:30 p.m. Evening dress with decorations. Again he pounded the floor three times and stepped back. Then another gentleman, also in royal uniform, appeared in the doorway and identified himself as the Royal Marshall of the Diplomatic Corps and may he please have some of my time, he asked. We sat down, and he instructed me for over an hour on how to be presented to Her Majesty, the queen.”

That would be an exciting "invitation" to receive! It's one that you would never forget that's for sure!

Some invitations are exciting. Others are meaningful, like, “Will you marry me?” Some we never tire of hearing, "Play ball!" At other times, though, there are invitations that we become so accustomed to, we tune them out and it's time to get out the song book at the conclusion of a sermon...time for making plans about lunch.

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