Gary writes, "I came from rock ‘n roll radio disc jockey to faith in
Christ in 1961, and immediately registered at Northwest College. At the
time I entered school, I was already married to Sharrol, and we had an
18 month-old daughter. On Christmas day of that year, our son of
four months was killed in an automobile accident in Bellevue. Three
years later, the Lord gave us another daughter, Cheri’.
The first three years I worked a 40 hour week in a
factory and carried an average of 16 semester hours. I believe I was
the first one given permission for that schedule by Dean Dan Pecota.
I was in the class of 1965, but dropped out of
school in December ’64 to work in inner city ministry in Chicago.
During that year I had been working as intern pastor in Seattle. From
1965 to 1971, I worked at city evangelism, trained churches to do the
same, and planted two churches on the west side of Chicago. In 1971, I
moved to Irving, Texas, where I worked as a tent-maker in investment
real-estate while planting a church. This church, like those in
Chicago, had a format of small-groups or home-churches for the first 15
years. In 1987, we grew to 700+ people, and built a building. I left
that church three years later to found a cross-cultural mission