Before coming to George Fox, Gary taught at Abilene Christian University and Cascade College (the Portland, Ore., campus of Oklahoma Christian University), where he was twice named Faculty Member of the Year. In his 20-year career in Christian higher education, he has taught a wide array of writing courses, including Freshman Composition, Writing for Business and Industry, Technical Writing and Creative Writing.
He has also taught American and British literature surveys, Devotional Literature, and Studies in C.S. Lewis. At George Fox, Gary teaches Professional Writing, Technical Writing, English Skills, College Writing and British literature. He heads up our Reading Lab and is associate director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC). Gary also serves as faculty advisor for our chapter of the English honors society, Sigma Tau Delta.
Gary has written and presented extensively on the works of C. S. Lewis. His book The Rhetoric of Certitude: C. S. Lewis’s Non-Fiction Prose (The Kent State University Press, 2009) argues that Lewis’s prose style embodies Lewis' language theory and theology in a rhetoric of certitude that is unparalleled by other authors of his time, making him one of few religious writers who garners such great popularity today. Gary examines Lewis' argumentative style in both his religious and critical writings, shedding light on Lewis' unique rhetorical approach. Gary has also published a number of essays and reviews on Lewis' work and Christian spirituality in The Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society, The Christian Chronicle, and Christianity and Literature. His article, “The Stylistic Achievement of Mere Christianity,” appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal.
Gary's PhD is in rhetoric and writing from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also studied modern British literature and literary modernism. He earned his MA in English from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where his emphasis was early American literature.
Gary likes to play golf, watch college basketball, play guitar, listen to music, and read and write. He and his wife, Janet, live in Newberg and have three children: Julia, Jackson and John Garrison. He loves to attend concerts and theatrical productions and is particularly fond of trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and trips to the Oregon Coast. He is an active member of his church community where he has served as teacher, occasional preacher and elder.