Gordon’s adventurous birth to John and Lillian Bucek occurred in a sod house near Glenside/Outlook, Saskatchewan in 1941. His father rode horseback ten kms to Outlook in a frigid -40 degrees to get the doctor’s help in the birth. By the time help arrived Gordon was born and cradled in the standard, wooden apple box of those times. He grew up on a farm in a loving Christian home where church was perhaps his most important spiritual and social background. His one sister Betty-Ann passed away at age 26.
School years, grades one to nine were at the Happy Hollow one room schoolhouse, high school at Glenside and Outlook schools. Summer and part time jobs included. Irrigation canal riprapping, construction, cooking for construction workers, earth-moving and warehouse jobs, retail store work, Ontario saw mill, and Alberta pipelines. Hobbies included his horses and 1927 Chevvy Coupe.
Gordon met Jeanette Fuller at Canadian Bible College; they were married in 1965 . They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on June 26th. He cherished Jeanette as an affectionate companion and friend – modeling true love at its best. They have three married sons, Richard (Andrea), Marshall (Carolynn) and Brian (Roxana), and three granddaughters, Paige, Chloe and Michelle. Gordon and Jeanette have lived in Stoney Creek for 37 years and are members of Paramount Drive Alliance Church.
Gordon’s preparations for ministry began by acquiring a B.R.E. from Canadian Bible College (CBC) in 1964. Following 15 years in ministry he returned for further education getting a B.A. in the social sciences at the University of Regina, and a Master of Divinity at Canadian Theological Seminary (now Ambrose College and University). He served in interim ministries while furthering his schooling.
Gordon’s fifty-two years of ministry began with itinerant evangelism with Dr. K. Neill Foster in 1964, a one-year commitment holding evangelistic and deeper life campaigns in churches in Canada and the States. Pastoral ministries continued in Quesnel, B.C.; Strathmore and Calgary, Alberta; New Zealand and here in Stoney Creek. He then served as Assistant Superintendent with the Eastern and Central Canadian Districts for 15 years in church planting and personnel oversight. Eleven years in post-retirement were spent as chaplain at CAMA Woodlands Long Term Care Home (Burlington), and continuing there informally with a Sunday service each month after that time.
The hymn “All the Way My Saviour Leads Me” was his testimony of the goodness of God.
His life verse has been (Job 22:21) “Acquaint now thyself with Him (the Lord),
and be at peace: and thereby good shall come unto Thee”.