Gary Smith begins this sermon by asking us what was Peter's final written admonition to the Church? The answer is given in II Peter 3:18 where we are told to grow in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. He asks and then answers, "After we are converted and have had our sins forgiven, how do we continue to grow in grace?".
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.