Tucker O'Leary

Meet Tucker. Minnesotan in New England. New Englander in the South. Southerner back in the Midwest.

Tucker grew up in Minnesota before moving to Marshfield shortly before Sanctuary became a thing. On his back deck. Our very first didgeridoo player / grill master / digger of trenches, Tucker and his family were one of our first Sanctuary families. They even hosted worship in their home when we were starting out! After attending college at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina, Tucker moved to Ohio to begin his Masters of Divinity at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. In fact, he is also our first Sanctuary Seminarian.

While he misses the biscuits and gravy and grits from the South, he learned his lesson about grabbing electrified horse fences. Oh college. Now that he’s a respectable Pastor-In-Training, he’s moved on to more refined pursuits like studying the intersection of ecology and spirituality and embracing every opportunity to put his faith into action. Not a huge fan of school, but starting four more years of higher education, he’s all about hands on learning. One of his coolest educational accomplishments was the boat he built at MHS, which eventually made it’s way to Haiti after the earthquake to help a fisherman get back to work.

The last time he cried was watching “A Dog’s Purpose”… ok, that was the last three times he cried. Speaking of movies, his favorite series is Star Wars, favorite franchise is Marvel, and favorite individual film is Inception. [At this point in the People of Sanctuary interview Tucker and Sarah had a 40 minute side conversation about Hogwarts. FYI, he’s a Ravenclaw.]

Fun Tucker fact: once while a lifeguard at Camp Calumet in Freedom, NH, Tucker taught Graham (Mark and Sarah’s canine companion) how to swim. He has also won the coveted “Sanctuary Golden Shovel Award” for exceptional ditch digging, knows how to tie a bow tie, and is currently doing his Clinical Pastoral Education at Brigham and Women’s this summer.

One of his favorite Sanctuary moments was tossing an old organ down the front steps, and he loves how Sanctuary feels like a family.* There’s nothing quite like being accepted for who you are and having help to become who you want to be.

When not at Sanctuary you can probably find Tucker rock climbing, camping, or playing the guitar. Sometimes at the same time.

*A note to organ enthusiasts reading this profile: an organ WAS harmed in the making of Sanctuary, BUT it wasn’t fit to produce music any longer.

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