Gary is an experienced communicator, pastor, teacher, chaplain and avid mountain lover. After serving in youth ministry for three years and Christian education for fifteen, Gary served as a pastor and counselor for the next 27 years in four churches of 200 - 2000 people. During that time he began to write extensively, getting published in numerous Christian magazines and authoring two blogs and three books. He has two master's degrees, one in counseling and the other from seminary. He was recently certified by the John Maxwell organization as a speaker and coach. He currently works as a speaker, writer and leadership coach while helping ministry leaders and their spouses walk through difficult times through an organization called Standing Stone. He has been married to Jackie since 1976, has two grown children and six grandsons. He lives in Avon, Indiana.