Gary Molander served in full-time pastoral ministry for seventeen years, functioning as a Creative Arts Pastor for much of his tenure. Gary was responsible for displaying the creative arts in his church's worship services every week, in addition to equipping and releasing artists who created beautiful and amazing art. On a weekly basis, music, video, photography, painting, drama, print design, and storytelling were woven together to stir hearts, and to make visible the invisible God. Gary received his Masters of Arts from the Southern California Worship Institute, under the leadership of David Timms and Monty Kelso.
In November 2004, Gary left pastoral ministry to pursue his family. Pastoral ministry is difficult and challenging and consuming and heart-breaking, and if pastors aren't careful, they can lose their family in the process. Through many late night conversations with his wife Angela, and through three years of prayer and counseling, Gary made the simple choice to step out of vocational local church ministry, attempting to rebuild the relationships he had harmed with his wife and three daughters.
Today, Gary is the Founder and Co-Owner of Floodgate Productions, and also the extremely fulfilled husband to his Angela, and the proud father of his three daughters. In addition, Gary is the Founder and President of The Floodgate Foundation, a non-profit group that helps launch dreams of business ownership in the poorest villages of El Salvador.
Gary lives his days at the beautiful and crazy and challenging and insane intersection of faith and creativity. It's where pursuing Christ and creating art overlap. The posts and discussions included in "Pursuing Christ. Creating Art" are written to help any artist who finds herself at that intersection. Or himself. That works too.
In addition to the writings in "Pursuing Christ. Creating Art", Gary continues to explore life at this intersection on his blog. You're invited to join the discussion at GaryMo.com.
More importantly, you're invited to go create art. Today.