Pastor Gary gave his life to Christ on November 17, 1980. After 2 years , he began a Bible study in a friend's living room and God began to use him to bring many friends and people to salvation. He knew God was calling him to ministry but he was chasing a pro golf career and for a time, he ran from God's calling. Eventually Gary gave in, and has been in ministry ever since.
After pastoring in a pioneer work in Oakland for four years, Pastor Gary was asked to take over Faith Fellowship church in San Leandro, in September 1993. Faith Fellowship at one time was a church of 550 people, but by 1993 when Pastor Gary arrived, it was down to just 65 people. God began His work through Pastor Gary and a new team of leaders, and today the average attendance is over 2,000! To God be the glory!
Pastor Gary has a B.A. in pastoral studies from Patten University and Day Spring College. He has also taught Bible college courses at Jubilee Bible College, Golden Gate School of Theology and Patten University.He is frequently invited to speak at men's conferences, where he is part of the speaker team for ISI men's ministry, (a national men's movement), and marriage and youth conferences. He also hosts his own BE A MAN and BEAUTY OF A WOMAN conferences. He has been on KTLN television for 8 years and now has a daily radio program on KFAX, the largest Christian radio station on the West Coast.
Pastor Gary has over 25 years experience as a Senior Pastor. During this time he has ministered to multitudes of people and has been used by God to see many lives transformed and renewed. Many have been healed through the laying on of hands, marriages have been restored, and thousands have given their lives to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Pastor Gary’s passion is to teach the Word of God, to minister to people in the name of Jesus Christ and to glorify God in all he does.Pastor Gary was saved while pursuing a pro golf career. After trying for the P.G.A. tour, he knew that God was calling him to preach His Word. “One of the most enjoyable things about pastoring this church is the blessing of seeing people from every walk of life and ethnicity come to Christ and call Faith Fellowship their home.”
Pastor Gary has three adult children: Michael, Jonathan, and Liana.
Pastor Gary's first book entitled “Be A Man," has been used around the country to help instruct men to be leaders in their homes, churches, and communities. This book gives valuable insights, helping men to become better husbands, fathers, and friends, and has sold thousands of copies. Santa Rita prison ordered over 600 copies for their inmates, and it became one of the most sought after books used by the men. Also, Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship Ministry featured his book in their magazine “Inside Journal,” which reaches almost every prison nation-wide.Pastor Jack Hayford, President of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, Pastor of Church On The Way in Van Nuys, California, and author of over 60 books has now signed his endorsement on the back of the book. Pastor Gary is available for “Be A Man” seminars, which have been taught around the country and have transformed lives for the glory of God. In addition, he has now written his second book entitled "The Beauty of A Woman", which is relevant for women of all ages.“
Many people come by to visit our church and end up calling it their home. You’ll have to come and experience it for yourself. When you do, come up and shake my hand. I look forward to meeting you.”