Gary grew up in the shadows of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, skyline. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey, and majored in French. A cradle Episcopalian, he began his ministry as a church musician while still in high school by serving as a substitute organist in his home parish, St. Mary’s, Haddon Heights, New Jersey. Since college he has served as an organist in Episcopal churches in several parishes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. He is a faux-finish painter and is principal owner of Mather-Smith Designs, LLC. He served in theatre administration with a major east coast production company as well as decorating and painting retail sales. He moved to Montgomery, Alabama, in August of 2014 and came to St. Thomas in September of that same year.