The night to be much observed is commanded in the Bible, but Mr. Smith asks if this day has a deeper meaning than just commemorating the night Israel came out of Egypt. He then looks at passages in Genesis 15 and 17 and Paul's comment in Galatians 3:17 about the meaning of the 430 years mentioned in Exodus 12. From all of this, we see that this night connects to events in the life of Abraham where God promises to bring his descendants out of Egypt 430 years later.
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.