Gary was born and raised in Quebec, the French speaking part of Canada. He attended a small French speaking Mennonite church growing up. At the age of six he told his parents he would be a pianist/musician when he grew up and the rest is history! After self teaching himself to play the piano, he entered college music studies and earned a Bachelor of Sacred Music in Piano from Tyndale College in Toronto, and then a equivalent Masters degree in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music also in Toronto.

At the age of 21 he accepted the position of music and worship director at Evangel Temple in Toronto, and then later at Islington Evangel Center. At that time he became quite involved with the contemporary worship movement and eventually became the director for Canada’s national worship conference called Canada Arise. Gary also toured with Promise Keepers as a music director for their Canadian events.​

In 1997 he moved to Loveland Colorado to become the music director at Lifespring Church and spent 14 wonderful years there. Gary has been at Bethel since 2011.

Gary also does a lot of composing, teaching, and recording. Be sure to go to his website – he is quite talented!

​When not doing music he loves being active outdoors and has even volunteered as a rock climbing instructor with the Boulder Mountain Club.

​Gary has two grown children who are both techies living in Seattle. Gary is excited to be engaged to a wonderful woman, Ellen, and they are to be married in June 2022. God is good!

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