Gil was blessed to grow up in a Christian home. When he was eight years old he prayed with his brother asking God to forgive his sins for Jesus’ sake. His father was a Baptist preacher serving rural and urban churches in Michigan and California so he was raised on Sunday School, Morning Worship, Evening Bible Hour, and Prayer Meeting. This consistency countered the inconsistency of the other aspects of a preacher’s kid’s life.
Gil’s youth group visited a church to hear a trumpet trio from Multnomah School of the Bible the spring of his senior year of high school. He took one of the interest cards, filled it out, and found himself a student at Multnomah School of the Bible the next fall. There on one of the annual tract days he met a cute girl: Trish Bowe. Trish had grown up in Portland and was raised in a Christian home. When Trish was ten years old she received Jesus Christ as her savior at Vacation Bible School. She spent her summers at Trout Creek camp sponsored by Central Bible Church and they directed her to MSB.
So after a year and a half of dating, Gil and Trish were married. As Gil finished his second year of Portland Community College they started their family with a little girl. Now with school almost finished it was time to look for the Lord’s leading as to an area of ministry. They attended the annual Missionary Conference at MSB and came across the Village Missions table. It stirred their interest and that following June they were interviewed by Rev. Walter Duff at the Cannon Beach Conference. That September they found themselves in Santa Margarita, California, as Village Missionaries.
They served there six years and added three boys to their family. They then served in McKenna, Washington, for two years, Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, for six years, and then at Summit Park, Washington for sixteen years. In 2001 they were asked by Brian Wechsler to serve as District Representatives of Village Missions for Oregon, southern Idaho, and western Montana. In these last twelve years Gil also had the privilege to serve on the Board of Village Missions. Gil and Trish thank the Lord for His providence in their marriage and ministry.