Bishop Osco E. Gardin, Jr
is a native of Canton, Ohio. He is the son of Bishop Osco E. Gardin, Sr. and Mrs. Geneva V. Gardin, both of Gastonia, North Carolina. He was licensed to preach the gospel and ordained to the work of the same by the authority and order of the First Baptist Church located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, under the leadership of Dr. C.R. Edwards.
Bishop Gardin received his formal education in Canton, Ohio. His post secondary education took place at Shaw University located in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science, with a concentration in Sociology. While pursuing his undergraduate degree he served as a member of the Theological Fraternity, Forensic Society, Gospel Choir, and Chorale Society.
Bishop Gardin pursued his graduate studies at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary located in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he met the necessary requirements to receive his Master of Divinity Degree.
Bishop Gardin has a lifetime of church and community related, ministerial and civil experience. His ministry has encompassed organized group leadership, counseling, facilitating marriage enrichment ministries, coordination outreach ministries with a focus on prison ministries and editor for outreach newsletters. Pastor Gardin has been occasioned to preach and conduct numerous revivals across the Continental United States to include Hawaii, Canada, Korea and Malawi, Africa where he serves as overseer of 52 pastors and their churches.
For five years Bishop Gardin served as pastor of the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church located in Danville, Virginia. During that time, as a bi-vocational minister, Pastor Gardin was also employed as a teacher in the Danville Public School System. For the past seventeen years, Bishop Gardin has served as Senior Pastor of The Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, located in Monroe, North Carolina. Bishop Gardin’s local, social and civil involvement landed him on more than ten community and state boards, to include CMC, Union, formally Union Regional Medical Center, Union County Jail Life Skills and presently Chaplain for the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Troop H.
Bishop Gardin is loved and supported not only by the Monroe community, but also by his wife of 31 years, J. Latricia Gardin, and their three children; Shameia, an anointed Christian Singer, Osco III, an Engineer and Jarred, an Electronic Technician for the US Navy.