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Apostle Melvin B. Tuggle II, Ph.D

Senior Pastor, Garden of Prayer Christian Church
Overseer, Gideon Covenant Churches


Apostle Melvin B. Tuggle II is the anointed visionary whom God sent to lead the Garden of Prayer Christian Church to the next level. Through his leadership, the Garden of Prayer is making great strides in spirituality, education, administration, and technology and ministry expansion. Serving since November 1986, Apostle Tuggle brought the church through a period of transition and transformation.

Apostle Tuggle readily admits that he is a nappy headed boy from the projects whom God has blessed tremendously. God has blessed him with an amazing combination of diverse life experiences, which prepared him for his divine appointment to the Garden of Prayer.

In 2005, Apostle Tuggle along with the Garden of Prayer Church Membership participated in a Mortgage Burning Celebration for the church building.

Currently, the Garden of Prayer campus consists of the Church Building, Administration Building, Calvin Williams Education Center, Reginald McTeer Sr. Youth and Community Outreach Building and the Rev. Dr. Melvin B. Tuggle II Fellowship Hall, which was completed in March 2010.

Under Apostle Tuggle’s leadership the Garden of Prayer has many active ministries and a Ministerial Staff consisting of an Assistant Pastor, an Associate Pastor, thirty-four (34) Associate Ministers and eight (8) Ministers that are now Pastors of their own churches. On April 8, 2012, Apostle Tuggle was consecrated as Bishop by the International Honorable Sacred College of Apostles & Bishops Inc. and serves as the Overseer of The Gideon Covenant Churches. And on June 13, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., The Lord woke Apostle Tuggle out of his sleep and called him to be Jesus Christ’s Apostle.

Apostle Tuggle is a community activist and is very passionate about the public health issues of the faith based community. He has been the guest lecturer at various Universities that have Schools of Public Health or offer Public Health Programs. Many Colleges and Universities use his book, “It Is Well with My Soul: Churches and Institutions Collaboration for Public Health”, (a book that details the crucial role of churches, schools and community groups in developing strong partnerships to enhance the health of urban communities) as the class text. Apostle Tuggle is currently working on his second book, entitled, “28 MINUTES IN HEAVEN WITH GOD . . . AND WHY I CAME BACK ~A true account of one man’s life, death, and purpose~”

Apostle Tuggle is married to Reverend Brenda McLean Tuggle, the Pastor and First Lady of the Garden of Prayer, they have five children. He is known as the Pastor who “Walks by Faith and Not by Sight”. He believes, “If I can help somebody as I travel along the way, then my living is not in vain.”