In this sermon Mr. Smith continues looking at Bible stories by looking in detail at one of the most well known stories, the book of Jonah. The story books on Jonah only cover Jonah in the great fish which is only a small part of what this book covers. The major theme of the book deals with God trying to correct Jonah's attitude relating to God's willingness to show mercy to the people of Nineveh.
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.