(Rev Gary McClintock)
After growing up on a pineapple farm in the Gympie area, Gary left home to study a degree in Applied Science at college and began teaching as a science and maths teacher at Charleville High School in 1986. It was during this time that he met his wife Leanne and together they moved to Bundaberg in 1989. In Bundaberg they joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church and discovered a church that was founded on Biblical teaching and a passion for reaching people with the gospel.
In 1991 Gary left teaching and was appointed as Youth Pastor at the Bundaberg Church and also took on responsibility for State Youth ministry and Leadership Training in the Wesleyan Methodist Church. In 1994 he and Leanne moved to Melbourne to study at Kingsley College and over the next two years achieved a Graduate Diploma in Urban Ministry and a Master of Arts in Ministry.
In 1996 Gary was appointed to Maryborough as the Senior Pastor and ordained in 1997. Gary and Leanne continued to minister there until early 2001 when, after a short break moved to pastor the Gympie Wesleyan Methodist Church in August 2001.
Gary’s passion for teaching and leadership means that he loves seeing people grow and get excited about their faith and achieving their God-given potential through discovering and applying the Word of God.
Gary and Leanne have a growing family with three adult children, Kimberley, Cameron (and Stacy), and Nathan (and Kathy), and three wonderful grandchildren (Noah, Maya, and Oliver). He has a real desire to see them and others grow to be all that God would have them be.
Pastoral Care and Prayer Pastor
(Rev Shelly Davies)
Shelly was born on the mission field in PNG and while a toddler, her family returned to their home in the USA. As a young child, she lived on a farm and the Florida Keys before her family immigrated to Australia.
Much of her life growing up was spent on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Qld. After marrying Jeff, and as new Christians, they spent much time working in the mining towns of Central Qld where they were actively involved supporting the work of “Mission to Qld” in establishing a church plant. It was during this time that a heart for small group connection and prayer was formed.
After living in the mining towns for over 20 years and with a family of 3 children, they moved to Gympie at the end of 2005 and soon after joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Some years later, Shelly enrolled in The Second Mile (a Bible College running out of the Church), studying Christian Ministry and Theology. Impacted by what she was learning, she felt God calling her to “more”.
Completing further studies with Kingsley College, Shelly was ordained in 2022 as a commissioned minister in the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
It is Shelly’s belief that God calls us all to “more”. It is her heart’s desire to see people grow to know God more and learn what it means to live as a child in the family of God.
Children and Families Pastor
(Pastor Nathan Burns)
Nathan and his wife Colleen joined the church in 2020 at the peak of Covid, travelling to Gympie from Canberra.
Nathan is also a father of seven children and loves to see families worshipping together and growing in their love of God. His role primarily in the church is to oversee the Children’s and Family ministries where he has oversight for those ministries directly geared towards the discipleship of children and families.
His passion in this is to see the different generations connecting in their lives and faith. He desires to see the church support and encourage parents in their role as the primary disciple makers of their children.
Outside of his ministry role, Nathan loves spending time in God’s creation, exercising, playing sport, gardening, working with his hands, and spending time with family and friends.