Gary and his wife, Sandi, grew up in the Midwest. Gary was born in Southern Minnesota and Sandi was born in South Dakota. They first met in 8th grade when Sandi’s parents moved to Southern Minnesota.
Gary and Sandi graduated from Wabasso Public High School in Wabasso, MN. Gary went on to earn a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. Sandi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching from Minot State College in Minot, ND. They were married in 1967 and moved to the Washington, DC area in 1971, where Sandi taught for two years at McLean High School before becoming a stay at home mother when their first child was born. Gary has worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation for over 30 years in the areas of light vehicle and large truck and bus safety.
Gary and Sandi have three grown children; Chad, Paul, and Nanmarie. They also have nine grandchildren!
Gary and Sandi and their children joined Shepherd Gate Church in 1990, where Gary has served as a deacon, and now currently as an elder. Sandi has served in a variety of ministries with emphasis on helps, children’s ministry and the church greeting ministry.