Meet Pastor Gary Wingo

Gary Wingo has been in SoWal for over eight years serving the Lord God as he shares the Grace and Truth of Jesus Christ to all he has pastored. In his previous ministry years, he has served as a Young Life Area Director for 15 years in Louisville, Ky, West Tennessee, and in Nashville, Tn. Gary served as the Associate Pastor and Director of Missions at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA and as a pastor in Vail, CO. He has been involved in International Missions, teaching in various countries.

Gary and Jan had a vibrant relationship-based ministry at the Chapel at Seaside for more than eight years. Attendance grew beyond anything they dreamed of. On Sundays, both the inside seating as well as our outside bench seating grew to beyond capacity crowds. Following the worship service, Jan and her team would lead a fellowship-based, relational hospitality gathering. Together, they led weekly bible studies that grew in number to include many from the local area as well as seasonal residents and tourists alike.

During their time outreach to the community grew exponentially with generous contributions being raised for relief efforts for survivors of Hurricane Michael as well as the subsequent economic impact of Covid 19. The Lord continued to bless their efforts as a committed group of individuals erased the financial debt of the Chapel. In addition, the Missions team began working with local and regional ministries helping them with both guidance and financial support. Most recently, Gary and Jan shepherded the expansion of Young Life into South Walton that will impact the lives of many young people for many years to come. Gary and his wife, Jan, have two daughters, April and Megan, and a granddaughter, Arwen!