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Gary Starbuck

Gary Starbuck

Alumni Spotlight on Gary Starbuck (ThM 81)

A month after graduating from DTS, my wife Peggy and I moved to Memphis, TN, to minister at Open Door Bible Church. Twenty-seven years and three children later, we are still here. In addition to pastoring, I am involved in two organizations. In 1990, we launched Memphis Sidewalk Counseling to provide a quiet, compassionate presence in front of the abortion clinics within a few miles of our church facility. About eighty counselors from many area churches take part, sharing the gospel and directing people to local crisis pregnancy centers. In 1986, I joined the board of Arab World Ministries (US). For sixteen years, I also served on the Council of AWM International.

Tim Schmoyer My last year of bachelorhood was spent in Lincoln Hall, where the most intricate practical jokes ever were engineered and wonderful lifelong friendships were forged. Peggy and I moved into the old Swissland Apartments, and those three years were also great fun.

I arrived at Dallas with few skills, never having preached and not knowing whether I could, should, or would. Four years later, I left equipped with the tools for ministry. I received training from professors whose names were legendary, but I found nearly all of them to be quiet, unassuming, unimpressed-with-themselves servants of God. This was the greater gift.

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