The Rev. Gene R. Tucker
A native of Nebraska, Gene Tucker was ordained as an Episcopal priest in March, 2005, following his retirement from a 28 year military career. For most of that career, he was a member of the U. S. Army Band in Washington, D. C., where he was soloist with the band and a member of the U. S. Army Chorus, the last all-male choral ensemble in the armed forces. Earlier, he also served on active duty as an infantryman with the 29th Infantry Division (Light), Virginia Army National Guard.
Raised as an evangelical in a Baptist church for most of his youth, Fr. Tucker’s very early life was nurtured in the Methodist and Lutheran traditions. When he became a member of the Army Band in Washington, he soon became tenor soloist at the Washington National Cathedral, and it was there that he discovered the richness of the Anglican worship service as the Episcopal Church (the branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion in this country) maintains it. His background in Bible studies enabled him to see that the Anglican worship service is deeply rooted in Scripture, its verses intertwined throughout the liturgy.
As a professional musician, he was blessed to have a civilian singing career in addition to his military musical activities, a career that took him to venues all over the United States and abroad, singing as soloist mostly with symphony orchestras and major choral societies.
and Wife, Deborah
He is married to the former Deborah Kinney, who is a native of Washington, D. C. Their family includes two grown daughters, both of whom live in Baltimore, Maryland, and two granddaughters.
When time permits, Fr. Tucker enjoys bicycle riding, railroading and old fire trucks.