Gary grew up in the Midwest, as evidenced by his love for comfort food and Cardinals baseball. He received degrees from Missouri Baptist University (B.A.in Bible) and Southwestern Seminary (M.A. in Christian Education). He loves to talk about his life-changing, 2-year experience of Spiritual Formation at The Transforming Center in Chicago, and he’s training to become a Spiritual Director. Beyond all that, his most life-shaping “education” comes from seasons of intense challenges and setbacks – ideal places to meet and be transformed by Jesus. (God has shown a lot of grace and kindness over the years, too; You gotta meet his wife and kids.)
Gary loves trees, which makes Marin his number one spot to call home. Drawing from the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19, he daily “climbs a tree” for a fresh glimpse of Jesus, and lives to “be a tree” for the sake of others seeing Jesus.