President and CEO of Food for the Hungry. Fighting against poverty through faith-inspired relief and development work in over 20 countries
"FH first caught my attention in 1984. Their mission aligned with my passion for the poor and vulnerable. I’m humbled and honored to serve with the staff.”
Gary currently serves Food for the Hungry as the President and CEO out of the Phoenix headquarters. He graduated from UCLA in 1972 with teaching credentials in Mathematics, followed by Fuller Seminary and Regent University, with degrees in Missiology and Theology.
Prior to stepping into his current role, he served on the Board of Directors of Food for the Hungry for eight years.Gary has served as the Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, giving leadership for the collaboration of 4 million churches and more than 130 international organizations in 127 nations. Additionally, he co-founded Micah Challenge, and was the Associate International Director of Interdev, establishing cross-sector partnerships in the world’s most impoverished nations.Gary and his wife, Tricia, and their family lived in Europe for 18 years, where he served as President and European Director of Christian Associates International, focusing on leadership development and church planting, and as Senior Pastor of Crossroads Church in Geneva.
In his spare time, Gary loves reading, golfing, hiking and just spending time with his family. He shares his home in Phoenix with his wife Tricia. The have four adult children and seven grandchildren.
About Food for the Hungry:
At Food for the Hungry, we believe in fighting against extreme poverty. We have worked since 1971 to serve the most vulnerable people on earth through purposeful relief and development. We’re moved and inspired by our Christian belief that every person has intrinsic value and that it’s our responsibility to advocate for the poor and marginalized.
We provide life-changing resources such as clean water, medical aid, food, equal educational opportunities to girls and boys, vocational training and empowerment in the midst of unimaginable hardships. We are grateful to be invited into the communities we serve and work side-by-side with local leaders responding to their needs with transformative solutions, which are both sustainable and implemented at the hands of the communities themselves.
Our global staff belongs to the nations they serve. We are not foreigners or outsiders offering a new way of life. We are sisters and brothers lifting the shared burden from the shoulders of our global family.
We’re proud of the communities we enter, but more than that, we’re proud of the ones we exit. These are the communities where extreme poverty no longer has a seat at the table. They’re self-sustainable and living out God’s purpose for their lives. We celebrate with them and then we intentionally seek out the next community suffering under the heavy weight of poverty.