Joseph Tkach is pastor general and president of Grace Communion International. Dr. Tkach has served as an ordained minister since 1976. He has co-pastored congregations in Detroit, Michigan; Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Pasadena and Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo, California.
His father, Joseph W. Tkach Sr. died in September 1995, at which time Joseph Tkach became pastor general.
Dr. Tkach’s education includes attendance at Ambassador College from 1969 to 1973, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theology. He received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western International University in Phoenix, Arizona in 1984. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California in May 2000.
His job-related experience in social work began in 1976, when he worked for Arizona’s Boys Ranch, a private agency, until 1977. His responsibilities involved the development and implementation of rehabilitation programs for juvenile delinquents. From 1977 to 1984 he worked for the State of Arizona as a social service worker with an institutional and community caseload serving the developmentally disabled population. While working for Intel Corporation from 1984 to 1986 in Phoenix, Arizona, he supervised the corporate services training department. He was hired to work in the denomination’s Church Administration department in 1986.
Christian growth, proclamation and unity are of utmost importance to Dr. Tkach. He is on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Evangelicals, as well as the Church Advisory Committee for the American Bible Society. He also assists in coordinating a Christian network for Mission America about the unbiblical teachings of alternative religions. He serves on the Doctor of Ministry Committee at Azusa Pacific University. He attends yearly regional and international conferences with leaders of Grace Communion International to encourage Christian growth, share ideas, motivate and discuss the denomination’s goals for the upcoming year.
Born December 23, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Tkach spent most of his childhood in Chicago until his parents moved to California in 1966. Married in 1980, Dr. Tkach and his wife Tammy have one son, Joseph Tkach III and one daughter, Stephanie.