Jamie Buckingham spent his entire adult life in ministry. He devoted his talents and sacrificed his time to teach and spread the gospel, eventually becoming an internationally renowned author, columnist, and conference speaker. He was a friend to nearly every significant Christian leader in the charismatic movement until his death in 1992 at the age of 59.
Jamie was the author of more than 40 books, including Run Baby Run, (with Nicky Cruz), Tramp for the Lord, (with Corrie ten Boom). Shout it from the Housetops (with Pat Robertson) Daughter of Destiny (with Kathryn Kulman), and Mission (chronicling U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s trip into space aboard the space shuttle). Other popular books included Risky Living, Where Eagles Soar, The Nazarene and Summer of Miracles. He was also a regular columnist for Charisma and Christian Life magazine and other publications.
Jamie traveled frequently, but his favorite destination was always the land of Israel. He produced several video series and workbooks teaching biblical lessons “on site.” He also wrote the book A Way Through the Wilderness, which follows the actual footsteps of Moses as he led the children of Israel through the Sinai Desert.
While Jamie’s ministry reached around the world, his true love was always the local church he pastored for nearly twenty-five years, the Tabernacle Church in Melbourne, Florida. Jamie founded the Tabernacle Church at a time when he was seeking a deeper relationship with Christ—a search that quickly led him to a fuller understanding of what it means to be truly filled with the Holy Spirit. (Not coincidentally, this was the same time his writing career began to take off.) The church started as a small group of several families and some friends, but it soon outgrew its original facilities. In a few short years, the “Tab,” as it was affectionately known, overflowed on Sunday mornings and evenings, as people traveled from all over the country to listen to Jamie and see what the Holy Spirit was doing in the sleepy beach town of Melbourne.
To Jamie, church was all about relationships. His teaching struck a balance between bringing God’s Word to new believers and feeding the sheep who already made up the body of Christ. He had a special gift for weaving stories about everyday situations into life-changing lessons about the love, mercy, and power of God.
For years the Tabernacle Church and various family friends captured Jamie’s messages on tape and sent them to Christians all over the world. Listeners instantly recognized that they weren’t just hearing a man—they were listening to the very heart of God. Now, once again, the world has the opportunity to hear these teachings in Jamie Buckingham’s own voice. May God continue to reveal Himself to a church and a world that desperately needs Him!
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