Gary was born in Maquoketa, Iowa. He and Mary moved to Clinton, Iowa in 1995 and joined Journey Church. They have two sons, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Gary retired from Kmart after 34 years and many moves. He loves the outdoors, and his favorite activities include golf, fishing and spending time with family. His trust and faith in the Lord has been encouraged and grown deeper while being at Journey Church.