Gary is a native of Perkinson, Mississippi, where he attended Paramount Baptist Church. As an eleven-year-old child, he trusted Christ to be his Savior. In 1982, he surrendered to the ministry and received training at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida; the BMA Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas; and Mid-America Baptist Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee.
Gary pastored churches in New Hampshire, Texas, and Mississippi before moving to Little Rock in 2014 to be the Senior Pastor at Oak Park. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Gary writes for the Baptist Publishing House and is an adjunct professor for the BMA Seminary and Southeastern Baptist College. Gary has been married to his wife, Lynn, since 1984. They have four adult children and two grandchildren.
Jim Turner has served at Oak Park since September 1991 and has served in ministry for the past 28 years as the Worship Pastor. In the early years he served as both Youth and Music Director. He is married to Laura and they will celebrate their 30thth anniversary in June 2020. They have one daughter, Ashley, who is in college.
Jim graduated with a Masters in Music Performance in Composition from Arkansas State University and also teaches at Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas. The most important moment in Jim’s life was his salvation when he was 19 years old. Jim says that God makes all things new and that the Lord changed His life from that moment on.
Zac Lee is from Southaven, MS, where he was born and raised. He was saved at Calvary Baptist Church in Horn Lake, MS on Easter when he was eight years old. His junior year in high school, he surrendered to youth ministry at Stoneridge Baptist Camp in Smithville, AR.
Prior to serving at Oak Park, Zac was on staff at First Baptist Newark as the Youth Pastor for two and a half years. He became the Student Pastor at Oak Park in February of 2019. He graduated from Central Baptist College in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and a minor in Youth Ministry. He is married to Katherine, who works alongside him in ministry.