Gary Thomas is a bestselling author and international speaker whose ministry brings people closer to Christ and closer to others. He unites the study of Scripture, church history, and the Christian classics to foster spiritual growth and deeper relationships within the Christian community. His stated mission is to bring people closer to Christ and each other. He crafts all his messages to accomplish this end, within the context of each audience.
Gary is a lifelong advocate of using the Christian classics to bring people closer to Christ. This passion has produced some incredible results. Gary’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and won numerous awards. His writings have established him as a thought-leader in the areas of marriage, parenting, and spiritual formation. His books have won Gold Medallions, sold hundreds of thousands of copies, and numerous other awards.
Church leaders and pastors appreciate Gary’s ability to challenge and encourage the spiritual depth of an audience. He has spoken at conferences, retreats, and college campuses all over the world. His media appearances include the Focus on the Family National Marriage Simulcast, the Gaithers’ Praise Gathering, and several National Pastor’s Conventions. His message has also been featured on national radio and television programs, such as Family Life Today and Focus on the Family.
Gary has also brought thousands of married couples closer together through his popular Sacred Marriage seminars. As a prolific writer, Gary has had over 150 articles published in major magazines, such as Christianity Today, Decision, Moody, Marriage Partnership, New Man, World, Charisma, Boundless.org, and Discipleship Journal.
His formal education includes graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Western Washington University. In addition, he holds a Master’s degree with a concentration in systematic theology from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., where he studied under Dr. J.I. Packer. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Gary is an avid runner who has completed eleven marathons, including Boston three times. He is married, has three children, and lives in Houston, TX where he is a Writer in Residence at Second Baptist Church.
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“Gary (Thomas)’s presentation seemed tailor-fit for our ministry. He did a great job of encouraging our guests to give sacrificially. This was our highest ‘at event’ income since 2006. We exceeded our goal by about $15,000!”