Born in Dayton, Ohio Gary grew up in Jacksonville, graduating from 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 Grace, Abigail and Maisy. Gary graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages. He has served as the Associate Pastor of Milford Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia and Rivertree Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Having grown up at Southside, Gary considers it an honor to have been called back to serve as Senior Pastor in 2008. He hopes to lead Southside to raise another generation to whom he can someday pass the mantle of leadership.