Gary came to Cairns Baptist Church to take on the role of senior pastor in March 2003. Prior to that time, he was the founding pastor of Mill Park Baptist in Melbourne for 16 years.
Gary trained as a motor mechanic and built his own successful business for 19 years before taking up the call to become a pastor. He is committed to Bible-based preaching and seeing the Church reach out into the community to share the love of Christ through good works and speaking the gospel.
Gary brought with him to Cairns Baptist a strong commitment to Home Groups as the place where Christians are able to grow and help each other grow as Christians. His desire is to see everyone in the Church ministered to in this way. He also believes it is important for every Christian to discover their spiritual gifts and use them in ministry.
Gary has also served as a regional coordinator for the far north as well as chair of the board of Queensland Baptists.
In February 2018, after 15 years of service to Cairns Baptist Church and the community of Cairns, Gary relinquished the role of Senior Pastor to his son Joshua, and continues to serve in the capacity of an associate pastor.
Gary has been married to Sue for more than 50 years. They have four sons and 11 grandchildren.