Gary grew up in Southern California and felt God’s call to full time ministry during the summer of his junior year of high school. After graduating from BIOLA University, and later earning his Doctor of Ministry degree from Talbot School of Theology, he has pastored for over 40 years serving churches in California and Washington. Gary and his lovely and talented wife Joy have been partners together in life and ministry for over 37 years. He loves working out at the gym, vintage Mustangs, the Lakers, Seattle Seahawks and USC football. In his spare time he enjoys creating historical dioramas (historymadesmall.com) and teaching pastoral health and leadership courses at Tozer Theological Seminary in Redding California. He is also the author of The Discipling Making Church in the 21 Century and loves mentoring and encouraging ministry leaders and church planters.
Gary has experienced first-hand the emotional bumps and bruises of ministry serving as a youth, associate and lead pastor. Nothing can really quite prepare you for the week in and week out, emotional roller coaster type challenges, of pastoring in the local church. Pastor and leadership expert Bill Hybels was once quoted as saying that being a pastor is one of the three hardest and most demanding jobs in America today. Gary knows and understands pastoral life in the trenches and has a heart for ministry leaders. As a local church pastor himself, He loves coming along side to listen, support and encourage other pastors and ministry leaders.