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 three wonderful children, Kimberley, Cameron, and Nathan, and a real desire to see them and others grow to be all that God would have them be. Apart from enjoying all kinds of sports and fishing, Gary loves nothing more than spending time with his family.