Greg Locke Net Worth​​

Net Worth $ 3,000,000
Real name Greg Locke
Profession Pastor
Spouse/Partner Taisha (Tai) McGee
Date of Birth May 24, 1976
Zodiac Gemini
Age 46
Height 167 cm / 5 ft 5 inch
Nationality American

Summary

Greg Locke is an American Baptist pastor and founder of Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

He became popular due to his controversial opinions regarding transgender people's rights, homosexuality, autism, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Locke is also known to be a conspiracy theorist and a literal witch-hunter.

His net worth is estimated at $3 million.

Early Life and The Church Formation

Greg Locke's childhood is not well known except that he was born in 1976 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., and that he had a troubled youth that resulted in six arrests.

At age fifteen, he was placed in Good Shepherd Children's Home, a faith-based ministry that helps children from broken homes through difficult times.

A year later, when Locke was sixteen, he converted to evangelical Christianity.

At nineteen, he got engaged to his first wife, Melissa Biggers, with whom he has four children.[1]

In 1998, he graduated from Ambassador Baptist College with a bachelor's degree in biblical studies. In 2000, he graduated from the Baptist School of New England with a master's degree in revival history.[2]

Spending ten years as a Baptist evangelist, Locke founded his church, Vision Baptist Church, in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, which was later renamed Global Vision Bible Church.[3]

Global Vision Bible Church

Global Vision Bible Church was founded by Greg Locke, who, at the same time, is its lead pastor. The church's executive Pastor was Jarrod Almond; however, in 2018, he was dismissed from his position. Almond's dismissal allegedly was due to financial misconduct, but the rumors are unconfirmed.[4]

The church has several hundred members and accepts Internet members, i.e., people who participate in the church's activities through the Internet. The church has an app available for almost all OS and lets users join the sermons virtually.[5]

The church hosts several groups for men, women, and kids that meet regularly to pray and learn about God.

Family, additions, glory, love, happiness, and miracles are just a few topics the Pastor covers in the services.[6]

Controversial views and gaining popularity

A controversial video statement Locke made regarding Target's decision to let transgender team members and guests use the bathrooms, and fitting rooms that correspond to their gender identity brought him to the public's attention.

He said:

  • "Your political correctness has caused you to do something extraordinarily stupid. Because you're not targeting and being inclusive to transgender people by doing this, they make up 0.3 percent of the population. What you are targeting are perverts, pedophiles, people who are going to hurt our children."

He published the video on his Facebook page and has gained over fourteen million views since then.[7]

In 2016 the famous chain of markets announced that they stand behind inclusivity and allow transgender people and members of the LGBT+ community to use the toilets and changing rooms that correspond to their gender.[8]

Additionally, the priest gained more Internet exposure due to his views on the Covid-19 pandemic. During the peak of the virus, Locke banned masks at his church and held outdoor tent services with more than 100 people.[9]

He called the pandemic a "fake pandemic" and also said that the vaccines were a scam and made of sugar water. [10]

The Pastor was also banned from Twitter as a consequence of spreading misinformation about the pandemic.

In addition to the Twitter ban, YouTube also put a stop to his channel, generating more than a hundred thousand subscribers. [11]

On his Facebook page, he stated that YouTube deleted more than eight hundred videos, most of which were from church services. Additionally, he said that no prior information was provided about the action. [12]

The priest also held burning ceremonies where books like "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" were destroyed, as they were considered demonic. Locke also encouraged everyone that participated in the ceremony to burn voodoo dolls, tarot cards, and crystals. [13]

In addition to his burning ceremonies, Locke claimed that he talked to the demons who revealed to him that witches who conspired with Satan were infiltrating the Global Vision Bible Church. [14]

Furthermore, homosexuality has also been declared a sin by Greg Locke. According to an article written by The Washington Post, in the services, Locke's wife was calling the spirits of homosexuality, lesbianism, transgenderism, and gender dysphoria to come out and be rebuked.

The priest has also been involved in a controversy regarding autism and mental health. He claimed that people with mental health issues are just putting a name to their spiritual problems to feel better and that kids with autism are possessed by demons. [15]

Personal Life

When Locke was a ward of the state at Good Shepherd Children's Home, his first wife, Melissa Biggers, was among the staff members there.

Locke and Biggers got engaged in 1995. The couple has four children, two of whom are adopted.

Locke announced on Facebook in January 2018 that he and Biggers had separated, and that they got divorced in May.

In 2018, Locke married Taisha (Tai) McGee, his former wife's best friend, and his administrative assistant.

To Sum Up

Greg Locke is an American Baptist pastor and founder of Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

He hit the headlines and became known to the public after publishing a Facebook video criticizing Target's decision to allow gender-neutral bathrooms.

He shocked the public with many controversial opinions regarding LGPTQ+, mental health, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

His net worth is estimated at $3 million.

References

  1. Global Vision Bible Church. (n.d.). Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://wrldrels.org/2021/10/10/global-vision-bible-church-2/

  2. Pidcock, R. (2021, August 03). Pastor Greg Locke is all over the internet spreading conspiracies; here's why you shouldn't believe him. Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://baptistnews.com/article/pastor-greg-locke-is-all-over-the-internet-spreading-conspiracies-heres-why-you-shouldnt-believe-him/#.Y5xFvOzMKL8

  3. Greg Locke. (2022, December 14). Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Locke

  4. Dunn, S. (2022, June 29). Greg Locke fires global vision executive pastor Jarrod Almond. Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://pulpitandpen.org/2018/12/21/greg-locke-fires-global-vision-executive-pastor-jarrod-almond/

  5. Global Vision Baptist, I. (2020, June 08). Global Vision Bible Church. Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1516720378?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

  6. Sermons. (n.d.). Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://globalvisionbc.com/sermons?sapurl=LytyN2NxL3RhZy90b3BpYy9yZXN1bHRzL01pcmFjbGVzP2JyYW5kaW5nPXRydWUmZW1iZWQ9dHJ1ZSZyZWNlbnRSb3V0ZT1hcHAud2ViLWFwcC5saWJyYXJ5Lmxpc3QmcmVjZW50Um91dGVTbHVnPSUyQjgzdnQzem0

  7. Humbles, A. (2016, April 26). Mt. Juliet Pastor's video blasting Target goes viral. Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/wilson/mt-juliet/2016/04/25/mt-juliet-pastors-video-blasting-target-goes-viral/83499222/

  8. Continuing to stand for Inclusivity. (n.d.). Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://corporate.target.com/article/2016/04/target-stands-inclusivity

  9. Valdez, A. (2022, February 07). Greg Locke, controversial pastor banned from Twitter for covid-19 misinformation, speaks in Alabama. Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://www.cbs42.com/alabama-news/greg-locke-controversial-pastor-banned-from-twitter-for-covid-19-misinformation-speaks-in-alabama/

  10. Reeve, E., Guff, S., & Russell, L. (2021, May 29). How a pastor's spread of Covid misinformation divided one Tennessee family. Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/28/us/pastor-greg-locke-tennessee-family-covid-19/index.html

  11. Smietana, B. (2022, November 16). Tennessee preacher and Maga Celebrity Greg Locke claims YouTube has banned him. Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://ministrywatch.com/tennessee-preacher-and-maga-celebrity-greg-locke-claims-youtube-has-banned-him/

  12. Tennessee preacher and Maga Celebrity Greg Locke claims YouTube has banned him. (2022, November 16). Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://religionnews.com/2022/11/15/tennessee-preacher-and-maga-celebrity-greg-locke-claims-youtube-has-banned-him/

  13. Pastor holds bonfire to burn to 'witchcraft' books like 'Twilight'. (2022, February 04). Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/pastor-holds-bonfire-burn-witchcraft-books-twilight-rcna14931

  14. Tennessee preacher Greg Locke says demons told him names of witches in his church. (2022, February 16). Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://religionnews.com/2022/02/15/tennessee-preacher-greg-locke-says-demons-told-him-names-of-witches-in-his-church/

  15. Foster, D. (2022, August 07). Pastor says autistic children are demon-possessed. Retrieved December 19, 2022, from https://medium.com/backyard-theology/pastor-says-autistic-children-are-demon-possessed-a80e02597623