Welcome, Associate Pastor Tim Gauci!
Hello, Living the Word Community, I am Tim Gauci (rhymes with ouchie). My family originally hails from Huntington Beach, which is 45 minutes south of Los Angeles. Growing up in a Christian home and attending a conservative evangelical Baptist church, I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember. During a particularly rough transition into adulthood after high school, Jesus’ love and grace rescued me from hopelessness and despair into an abiding and dynamic relationship with Him.
I have been in some form of ministry for most of my life, working in special education, directing student ministries at the church I grew up in, running a foster care home, and then God took us overseas with Wycliffe Bible Translators to work in missionary member care. In the third-world jungle of the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, my wife and I managed a boarding home for teenage children of missionaries that were out in the bush. We functioned as surrogate parents, academic advisors, business managers, and youth ministers all rolled into one, all while navigating a culture and language drastically different than our own. Codi learned to cook from scratch for our family, as well as 12 or so students during the school semesters!
Codi, my wife, first strolled into my life as a fellow volunteer leader in youth ministry. Knowing she was too good to let her pass by, we were each other’s first date and have been happily married for 12 years. We have three children, all of them highly active and different as can be. Noah Louise, our oldest daughter is almost 9, Esther our second girl
is 5 and full of joy, and Ben is our crafty 2 year old. Noah still remembers the open rolling hills of Papua New Guinea and is excited to live in Bethel where there’s plenty of green grass and trees to explore.
As we transition to Bethel, our hearts are filled with anticipation and joy. I look forward to getting to know your names and stories, how God has been active in your lives and what He is doing right now in your midst. I have quite a lot to learn, and I cannot imagine a more pleasant, genuine, and hospitable new family to set down roots with. You have already blessed me so much with your prayers and encouragement, I would like to bless you with a little passage from Isaiah 43 that has spoken deeply to my heart:
But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you:
I have called you by name; you are mine.”
I encourage you to insert your name in place of Jacob and Israel as you read it again.
God truly sees you, he knows you through and through, and he loves you. God bless.