Gary was born in Kansas and raised in Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama where he received a bachelor's in Finance and a master's in Business Administration. After his time at Alabama, he joined the full-time staff of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and ministered to university students in Tennessee and Oklahoma. While serving at the Unversity of Oklahoma, Gary met his wife Carrie who is a graduate of the University of Texas. After marriage, Gary completed his Master of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago and a Doctorate in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness from Bethel University. Carrie and Gary have two children, Courtney and Davis. They have lived in Austin three different times, most recently returning after ministering in Italy for five years with Cru. Gary's passion is leadership development and teaching the Bible. He also loves college sports, running, cycling, hiking, golf, and good Italian food. Gary and Carrie continue to serve with Cru in their city division and have been partners at Austin Ridge since 2012.