Gary helps people in their defining moments of life as Celebrate Recovery Pastor. Gary was born and raised in the Chicago area, graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary. His pastoral career includes five years as a Senior Pastor in Kiron, Iowa; five years as an associate pastor in Rockford, Illinois; and most recently, twenty-two years as Senior Pastor in Des Moines, Iowa. He joined Wooddale’s pastoral staff in the spring of 2010. Gary’s wife, Connie, is a Professor of Nursing at Bethel University. They have three married children and seven grandchildren. When not in the office, Gary enjoys recreational biking, movies, traveling, connecting with friends, Giordano’s Pizza, any restaurant with a patio and time with the kids and grandkids. He is an avid fan of all teams named Chicago and/or Iowa Hawkeyes.