In this study Mr. Smith begins a Bible Study series on the book of Mark. From Mark chapter 1 we see that Mark places an emphasis on what Jesus does and does not go into as deep into the details of what he said as the other gospel writers do. In chapter 1 Mark covers some of the healings and casting out of demons in Jesus' early ministry and how Jesus had to avoid staying too long in one place so that the Jews would not try to kill him before the appointed time.
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.