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Gary Thomas is a writer and the founder and director of the Center for Evangelical Spirituality, a writing and speaking ministry that integrates Scripture, church history, and the Christian classics. He has served as a campus pastor and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches on spiritual formation.

Gary graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Western Washington University, and he holds a master's degree with a concentration in systematic theology from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., where he studied under Dr. J.I. Packer and served as a teaching assistant for Dr. Gordon Fee. While at Regent, he was awarded the Theology Award, given annually to the outstanding student in the theology department. In 2006, Western seminary awarded Gary an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

His many books have been translated into eleven different languages and include the Christian Book Award-winning Authentic Faith, Sacred Parenting, Sacred Pathways, and the best-selling Sacred Marriage. As a collaborative writer, Gary has written for such well-known Christians as Chuck Colson, Norma McCorvey (a.k.a. Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade), Franklin Graham, Michael W. Smith, and Senator John Ashcroft.

Gary speaks at approximately 50 churches, denominational meetings, and ministry gatherings every year, teaching at seminars designed to equip Christians to grow in their faith. These seminars vary from one-evening sessions to a weeklong or weekend format, and address the essential elements of Christian spirituality from an evangelical perspective.

He has had well over 100 articles published by national magazines, including Christianity Today, Decision, Marriage Partnership, New Man, Discipleship Journal, Charisma, and World, among others. He has also appeared on numerous national radio and television programs, including Focus on the Family and Family Life Today.

Gary enjoys running marathons and spending time with his wife Lisa and his three children: Allison, Graham, and Kelsey. He makes his home in Bellingham, Washington.