Our Pastor

Gene Wolfenbarger is the founding senior pastor of The Gathering. After receiving his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Criswell College, Pastor Gene traveled to 44 states as a highly successful evangelist over the course of a decade.


On November 18, 1999, while conducting a meeting in Kansas City, the Lord interrupted Pastor Gene’s evangelistic career with a new assignment. He was to return to his boyhood home and start a church which God named The Gathering, which was directly confirmed by the Holy Spirit through His Word in Ezekiel 28:25.


Sixteen years later and Pastor Gene is pastoring The Gathering with more energy and joy than ever before. It will only take a few minutes of conversation with Pastor to see what a big vision the Lord has placed in his heart. He has never been more excited to walk out God’s calling on our church. Gene and his wife, Karen, have been married for 30 years and are blessed with one married son, Corey, and another son, Seth.


Connect with Pastor Gene on Twitter: @PastorGenePrays


Joined The Gathering Staff: November 18th, 1999

Family: Married to Karen, Dad to Corey and Seth

Saved: October 1968

Previous Occupation: Traveling Evangelist




Book: Destined to Reign by Joseph Prince

Movie: Tombstone

Food: Mexican

Place in the World: Rome

Recreational Activity/Hobby: Golfing and Hunting

Time of Day: Midnight

Bible Story: The Cross

Scripture: But by the grace of God I am what I am…1 Corinthians 15:10

Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys

Favorite Quote: Only one life shall soon pass, only what’s done for Christ will last!

Most People Don’t Know This About Me: I love dogs!

Three People I’d Like to Meet: Tiger Woods, Billy Graham, and Mother Teresa

My Hero: Jerry Falwell Sr.


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