Gary was born in Portland, OR and moved to Kenosha, WI in 1992 to be a basketball coach and lecturer at a local university. After being diagnosed with life-threatening cancer, he became a Christian in 1995. He was healed and is now cancer-free! He immediately became part of Living Light Kenosha, where he met Karen, whom he married in 1998. In 2007, Gary was appointed as an elder in Living Light Kenosha. The following year, he transitioned to serve as an elder in the planting of a new congregation in Pleasant Prairie, where he continues to work. He and Karen have three children: Tobias, Gabriel and Moriah.