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Gary Ellis

Associate Pastor: Administration and Program

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Gary Ellis serves as Associate Pastor: Administration and Program. In that role and under the direction of the Pastor, he leads the Education Staff and handles day-to-day administrative responsibilities having to do with finances, property maintenance and management; personnel; etc. He says, “My goal is to help EFBC fulfill its God-given vision.”

As a child he dreamed that he’d become a lawyer, but reports that he became aware of God's call to ministry when he was 14 years old. As he recalls that time in his life he says, “In rural Missouri, where I grew up, that meant that I was called to missions or the pastorate. I preached my first sermon a month after announcing my call publicly. The chairman of a very small rural church located nearby happened to be present that night and asked me if I would consider becoming their pastor. I initially declined due to my inexperience, but when they approached me a second time with the support of my pastor, I prayed seriously and God seemed to say "Anybody is better than nobody" very clearly.” Gary continued as pastor of that church until he left for college.

He attended Hannibal-LaGrange Junior College and completed his undergraduate degree in secondary education at Oklahoma Baptist University. He earned his Masters in Religious Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

God has blessed Gary with a wonderful family. His wife, Linda, retired from teaching elementary school this year. They have two sons, Mark, an EFBC member who works for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and Stephen, who works for Mid First Bank. Gary and Linda are also blessed with four incredibly beautiful and gifted granddaughters. As he puts it, that’s “no brag, just fact.” He easily confesses that having all his family close at hand is one of the best parts of his life right now.

When asked what five words describe him best, he chose blessed, learner, thoughtful, resourceful, and organized. All who know him would agree. Others might add that he is an encourager, a teacher, and a faithful friend. He has a wonderful sense of humor and reports that the things that make him laugh are watching The Three Stooges, and Son of Paleface. He also laughs with joy while spending time with his granddaughters. He confesses that the Sunday comics can still make him laugh.

Some of his favorite books include The Red Badge of Courage, “which had tremendous influence in my life. I am a ‘mystery buff’ and especially like Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I continue to be challenged spiritually by Watchman Nee's books, and I depend heavily upon Robertson's Harmony of the Gospels and Shepherd's The Christ of the Gospels in my search to know Jesus better.”

As he looks ahead at what God is doing to prepare him for future works he says, “Well, my ministry is likely in its latter years. I hope that the Lord gives me strength and extends the opportunity for me to serve Him here at EFBC until I retire

When asked what one sentence he could share that had the potential to change someone’s life he replied, “The secret of everything spiritual - salvation, growth, service, direction, victory, etc. - is the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the life of the believer and the church.” His entire ministry has been about knowing Jesus more and sharing with others the need for a personal relationship with Christ. He is always willing to share his favorite verse...his life verse, with others. It reads, “28 We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me.”

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