Gary SextonAssociate Pastor of Worship Arts

Biography

I grew up as a pastor’s son in Mattoon, IL and studied worship ministry at Lincoln Christian University.  There I met my wife & we were married in November of 2010.  Less than 2 months later, I interned at Eastview to complete my final class to graduate college.  Over the next 5.5 years, I did ministry at Elevate Church in Morton, IL.  As God would have it, an invitation was extended to me to join the staff as an associate pastor of worship in the last month of 2016.  My biggest interests are watching sports (go Cubs!), playing guitar, making electronic music, and watching a good series with my wife and bulldogs.  As a long distance runner in high school, I can connect with this scripture found in Hebrews 12:1-3: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”