One Line Biography:
Disciple, Husband, Father and Pastor
My name is Gary Knapp I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, husband of my wife Alise, father of my six children and pastor of the East Gate Presbyterian Church in Millsboro, Delaware (25 minutes inland from Rehoboth Beach).
God brought me to know him in August of 1987 through the witness of my dad and step-mother and the prayers of their church. Upon coming to know Jesus I immediately sensed a call to the ministry although at the time I didn’t know what area of ministry I would be involved in.
I left for Circleville Bible College in the fall of 1988 and graduated in 1992. I was offered a part-time assistant pastor position at the church where I was saved (Springfield United Brethren Church) and began an eleven year ministry partnership with my dear brother David Bayly who is the Senior Pastor of Christ the Word PCA in Toledo, Ohio.
Alise and I met each other in 1994 at a Bible study and were married in September, 1995. While single I prayed that God would send me a woman who loved Him and would love me and He has granted me these and more in Alise who is a Godly wife and mother. It is a joy to watch her daily instruct our children in the ways of the Lord and teach them each day.
God has granted us six children thus far: Josiah and Thea (13 year old twins), Elijah (12), Joshua (9), Abigail (6), and Anna (4). Our children are a great source of joy to us and our church family which is made up mainly of senior citizens. We have to watch out that our children don’t become too spoiled with fifty sets of surrogate grandparents!
Alise and I understand that our lives and the lives of our children are gifts from God and are to be lived for Him. It is our desire that our home be a place where people can come and experience the love and grace of Christ.
I love baseball and am a huge New York Yankee fan (yes, they were still my favorite team when they went 15 years without winning a World Series, yes I know they are the best team money can buy-I’ve heard it all). I also enjoy classic movies and Civil War history.
I have named my Blog The Undershepherd because this title sums up my calling from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd. He has granted me the great privilege of serving Him as an under-shepherd. My purpose in life is to serve Christ and to lead others to know and follow Him.
As I continue in the ministry I realize more and more that people need a shepherd, someone to guide, encourage, love and sometimes rebuke them so that they remain faithful to Jesus. With this calling comes a heart to do these things and to ask this question with everyone you meet, “How can I help this person grow closer to God?” The following verses from the Bible govern my life:
1 Peter 5:1-4
“Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
If you would have told me (or any of my friends) twenty-five years ago that I would be a pastor, we would have all said you were crazy. There are many times that I am aware that I am not worthy or able to be a shepherd in the Church but thank God my worthiness comes from Jesus and that He enables all those He calls to serve as under-shepherds of His flock.
It is my hope that my Blog will be food for God’s people and will challenge the thinking of those who are unsaved. While the main focus of my posts will be of a spiritual nature I reserve the right to include posts that are mindless and perhaps of little interest to anyone else (you know, Yankee playoff progress and stuff like that) Let me know what you think.
Theology, My Family, Civil War, New York Yankees, Classic Movies, Computers