Gary has a unique focus in mobilizing and mentoring leaders into the harvest field. He specializes in equipping leaders in areas of spiritual formation, church planting and church health.
Gary's vision is 'No leader should travel alone.' He desires to emulate the ministry of Barnabas by becoming a son of encouragement to the next generation of leaders. Gary has been involved in church planting since 1987. During this time, he has been involved in over 150 new church plants. He has worked in every area: as an intern, pioneer planter, parent church pastor, coach, head coach, district director, national/international trainer and national movement leader. He has trained hundreds of church planters, pastors and missionaries throughout the U.S. and through a growing international ministry.
Gary was the founding pastor of Countryside Community Church in Oconomowoc, WI. During his time in Wisconsin, he also worked for Great Lakes Church Planting by helping start 17 other churches through coaching, training and overseeing the church plants in his region.
Gary served as the Director of Church Planting for Converge MidAmerica from 1998-2010. He was responsible for launching a movement of new churches. During that time, he mobilized 88 church planters in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.
In January 2006, Gary wrote, designed and now teaches, two seminar courses on the subject of church planting for Rockbridge Seminary, a complete online seminary that touches the world each week.
Gary has authored five books and several e-books. His recent book, Spiritual Conversations, describes the evangelistic philosophy of his best-selling spiritual conversation tool, The Spiritual Journey Guide, which has sold 2 million copies.
Gary served as the Executive Director of Converge Church Planting (the church planting ministry of the Converge Worldwide) from 2006-2010 and 2013-2015. His responsibilities included developing and executing a national church planting vision, along with mentoring and resourcing regional leaders.
On March 1, 2010, Gary became the President and Executive Minister of Converge MidAmerica, overseeing its business and ministry interests that supports regional church planting and ongoing care of its partner churches. His desire is to develop not only a premier church planting organization, but also a world class church health ministry.
Gary is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute with a BA in Bible/Theology and an MA in Christian Ministry.
Gary and his wife Mary have been married for 33 years and have three grown children: Josh, Dan and Kallie. They live in Lindenhurst, IL.
Favorite Verse: "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ." Philemon 1:6
- Church Planting Landmines, 2005 ChurchSmart Resources
- FirstSteps for Planting a Missional Church, 2006 ChurchSmart Resources
- NextSteps for Leading a Missional Church, 2007 ChurchSmart Resources
- Spiritual Conversations, 2010 ChurchSmart Resources
- Life's Biggest Adventure (Children's Discipleship Book) 2014 Your Journey Resources
Gary’ s E-books
- Quiet Thoughts for Driven Leaders
- Quiet Moments with a Missional Mystic
- Spiritual Warfare: 14 Ways Our Enemy Attacks the Church
- 30-Day Fasting Guide
- Ten Biblical Principles for Healthy Relating
- Ten Marks of a Coachable Leader
- Nine Prayers for Missional Leaders
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