Biographical Info on Pastor Gary White:
I was originally born in Hampton, Virginia, but my parents moved to the central Florida area shortly after I was born. I attended church on a regular basis while growing up, and it was during these early years that my belief in God was solidified, though I was somewhat confused by the person and work of Jesus Christ.
During my sophomore year of high school I began to feel a strong desire for spiritual things, so I pursued this desire through the ministry of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After meeting a few times with an FCA representative I could sense my heart was still not ready to be fully committed to the Lord. It wouldn’t be until after my junior year of high school that the Lord would change my heart toward Him through the influence of a summer youth pastor from Asbury College. It was the summer of 1980 when I devoted my life to being a follower of Jesus Christ.
It was the summer of 1981 when I felt specially called of God into full-time Christian service. Since I wasn’t exactly sure how to pursue this call, I ended up taking a job in the circuit board industry where I worked for seven years. It was during this time that I was introduced to the ministry of John MacArthur. I was so influenced by MacArthur’s ministry that I left for southern California in 1988 to attend The Master’s College.
I graduated from The Master’s College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. After graduation, I moved back to Florida and went back to work in the circuit board industry in order to begin paying off my school loans. It wasn’t until 1999 that the Lord opened the door for me to attend Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. During my time in seminary, I completed a pastoral internship at a local Reformed Baptist church. I completed my Master of Divinity degree in 2003. At the invitation of Bethany’s pastor search committee, I flew from Orlando to Pittsburgh to meet with the church’s leadership and congregation. After a congregational vote, the church asked me to fill their pastoral opening. I officially took the pulpit in November 2003 and have served as the pastor/elder to this date.
In regard to spiritual influences, I have been greatly impacted by those historic and contemporary leaders of the Christian faith who have strongly proclaimed the preeminence of God’s Word along with the centrality of God’s glory. Though I have been spiritually influenced by numerous individuals, the following names hold a special place in my heart: John Calvin, the Puritans, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, John MacArthur, John Piper, and R.C. Sproul. These imperfect saints of God have had the most significant effect upon the development of my own theology, philosophy of ministry and understanding of the Christian life.