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Bringing Encouragment to the Next Generation of Missional Leaders Acts 4:36


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 'encourage the today's leaders for tomorrow's harvest'. 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 150 new church plants. He has worked in every area as an intern, pioneer planter, parent church pastor, coach, regional, district and national director with in Converge Worldwide. 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 WhiteStone 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.

In 1995, Gary and Mary launched a resource and consulting ministry called Your Journey Resources which specializes in developing reproducible, evangelistic and spiritual formation materials for adults and children. Over 4000 churches are using these materials across America.

Gary has authored five books and several E-books. His recent book, Spiritual Conversations, describes the evangelistic philosophy of his best-selling spiritual conversation tool, The Spiritual Journey Guide that has sold 2 million.

Currently Gary is the President of Converge MidAmerica which is committed to starting and strengthening churches. He is responsible for launching a movement of new churches. During the last 17 years he has mobilized 150 church planters in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas

Gary, his wife Mary and their children Josh, Dan and Kallie live in Lindenhurst, IL.


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