Gary Roe Named Bi- Vocational Pastor at First Baptist
In Gary’s own words, “I grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas and come from a difficult background of abuse. At age 8, I began to seek God by going to church (First Baptist Church) by myself. A Sunday School teacher took a special interest in me, and three years later I trusted Christ through his influence. During high school, my family disintegrated and I was ‘adopted’ by a strong Christian family who powerfully modeled the love of Christ. This experience altered my life, my values, and my goals. In college, during a monthlong discipleship training camp, God moved my heart to change course from pre-med to vocational ministry.”
Gary has three daughters, all of whom were adopted from Colombia in 2002: Diana is now 21, Lised 20, and Maria 16. Diana lives in Washington state, where she works with children. Lised currently works in customer service, attends Blinn College, and plans to transfer to Texas A&M and study journalism. Maria is a junior at Bryan High School, where she is an honor student, an officer in the Viking Band, and a veteran member of the 2012 World Championship Finalist Color Guard.
Gary earned his Masters in Theology, Pastoral Leadship, from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1998, after earning a Masters Degree from DTS in Biblical Studies in 1987. His undergraduate degree is in Psychology.
Gary also serves as the Chaplain for SouthernCare Hospice in College Station. He has pastored churches in Washington State, Sherman, Texas, and Maui, Hawaii, as well as served as a missionary in Japan, where he became fluent in the Japanese language and was assigned by the Evangelical Alliance Mission to help as a church planting missionary. He also served as the campus minister for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in North Texas from 1983 until 1987.
Gary has been published a number of times and has two books due to be released early in 2013. He has been writing for the Lexington Leader since 2011. He and his daughter, Maria, live in Bryan.