Born in Dayton, Ohio Gary grew up in Jacksonville, graduating from Douglas Anderson and Jacksonville University where he received a degree in Music Education. He and his wife, Sheri, were married in 1993 and have four children: Caleb, Emma, Abby, and Maisy. Gary graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages and earned his doctorate of ministry from Beeson Divinity School in 2015. He has served as the Associate Pastor of Milford Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia and Rivertree Church in Huntsville, Alabama.
Gary has served as the senior pastor at Southside since 2008 and considers it an honor to serve the church where he grew up. His goal is to lead Southside to raise the next generation of leaders to serve our church and to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth.