Gary was raised in a Preacher’s home. His parents, Tom and Jean, taught their children to love the LORD and to serve HIM. Pastor Shockley and Edie moved from Wilmington, OH to Saraland, AL in 1985. Gary and Edie’s three children—now grown are Emilee (Jimmy) Douglas, Karen (Alex) Bruns and Angie (Nate) Dodson. Currently, the Shockleys, blessed beyond measure with Ten grandchildren, enjoy getting together regularly for Family Fun. Married for 44 years, Edie and Gary have been privileged to be in full-time ministry for 41 of those years beginning with serving on Dr. Howard Sears’ school staff, Middletown Christian School (Grace Baptist Church) and then as Associate at Trinity Baptist Temple, Middletown, OH before beginning ministry as Pastor at Sligo First Baptist, Wilmington later answering the call to Shelton Beach Road Baptist Church where he has been for the past 30 years.
Pastor comes from an educational background. Graduating from Eastern Kentucky University (BS 72) and Xavier University (77 M Ed) He taught and coached in Public School before teaching and serving as principal in Christian School work. He also received his DMin (05) from Covington Theological Seminary and is an Honorary Alumnus of Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MO.
“I love serving my LORD and I am thankful HE has placed my family in Saraland, AL. I cannot imagine living in any other place, but until HE calls me home or elsewhere, my desire is to please My Lord with faithful service. My heart’s desire is to Preach His Word, Love the People by pointing them to the LORD and to reach my city. Currently, to engage in making a difference and helping my community, I serve as a Commissioner on the Saraland City School Board.” Pastor Shockley