Gary and Rhonda Southard have been married for 39 years. Rhonda is an instructional coach at White Oak Middle School in New Caney ISD. She has been teaching for 17 years. They have two grown sons who are married. Jeremy and his wife, Heather, live in Spring, TX. Matthew and his wife, Diana, live in Lynchburg, VA.

For the past 30 years, Gary and Rhonda have served in ministry. He has pastored five churches in Texas and Oklahoma and has been a church planter since 2009.

Gary is a graduate of Palestine High School, Palestine, Texas, and the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas where he graduated with honors. He started and is now the director of several Bible Clubs in New Caney ISD.

In previous ministries, Gary has served as Chaplain of the Porter Fire Department; Chaplain for the Montgomery County Constable’s Pct. 4 office; Chaplain of the Civil Air Patrol for Houston Metroplex and Chaplain of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital.

While currently serving in the ministry, Gary is also the Owner/Facilitator of RISING STAR P.E.O.P.L.E. Concepts which is a human resources company that he started in 2009 designed especially for small businesses.