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 multiplication and church health.
Gary’s vision is to see that no leader travel their ministry journey 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 100 new church plants. He has worked in every area as an intern, pioneer planter, parent church pastor, coach, head coach, district director and national/international trainer. 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 White Stone Community Church(formerly 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 the Converge MidAmerica from 1998-2010. He is responsible for launching a movement of new churches. During the last ten years he has mobilized 85 church planters in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky,Tennessee and Arkansas.
In January 2006 Gary wrote, designed and teaches, two seminar courses on the subject of church planting for Rockbridge Seminary a complete online seminary that touches the world each week
Gary, authored five books in the last four year: Church Planting Landmines, FirstSteps for Planting a Missional Church, NextSteps for Leading a Missional Church, Life Biggest Adventure (Children’s Discipleship Book) Quiet Thoughts for Driven Leaders (Free ebook) Quiet Moments with a Missional Mystic (Free ebook). Gary just released Spiritual Conversations that describes his evangelistic philosophy of his best selling spiritual conversation tool, The Spiritual Journey Guide that has sold 1.5 million.
September 2006 to April 2010, Gary served as the National Director Converge Church Planting (the church planting ministry of the Converge Worldwide). His responsibilities include developing and executing a national church planting vision along with mentoring and resourcing regional leaders. He now serves as the Associate Director passing the baton on to his long time friend Tom Nebel.
On March 1, 2010 Gary became the President of Converge MidAmericaoverseeing its business and ministry interests that supports regional church planting and ongoing care of its partner churches.
Gary & Mary have three grown children and live in Lindenhurst, IL.
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Because of Gary’s demanding schedule he only takes a few very selective speaking and coaching opportunities. If interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org