Mr. Smith begins this sermon by reminding us that the Jews read the book of Ruth each year on Pentecost. To show us why this is done, he first shows us several connections between the book of Ruth and Pentecost, and then goes through the book of Ruth in detail showing four major connections between this book and the day of Pentecost.
Gary Smith was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but spent most of his youth in the Pasadena, California area. He graduated from Ambassador College in 1976 and he and his wife, Liz, moved to Peoria, Illinois. For the next six years he worked as a nursing home administrator in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas.
In 1982, he and Liz began to serve in the full-time ministry. Since that time, they have served in a number of congregations in the Midwest.
Gary and Liz now pastor in Houston, Texas near their two children and grandson.