Gary MacPhee

EMI Representative
Joined EMI: November 1996
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Professional Training & Experience

BS, Architecture, summa cum laude, University at Buffalo/SUNY, 1984

Licensed Architect in New York and Colorado

Gary worked part-time in design firms all through his years in college.  After graduating from the University at Buffalo in 1984, he worked in private practice for a short time before beginning his tenure  within the Office of Design and Construction back at the University.   Over the course of his 13 year career there, he earned his architecture license and moved from a project designer to a project manager in the architectural design group until he became the Director of Architectural Services.  At the same time, he incorporated his own private architecture consulting practice and gutted and rebuilt a few homes along the way.

Ministry Experience

Gary and his wife Judylynn were mentored in a local church since their college years. They grew as young leaders in many areas - youth ministry, leading worship, small groups, and preaching.  Before joining EMI, Gary studied with Elim Bible Institute and became a licensed minister with Elim Fellowship. 

Gary has seen EMI grow from the tiny staff of the mid-90's to the EMI world of today.  He has served in many capacities, leading over 50 teams in over 40 countries; for most of those years he was VP of Human Resources and Ministry Development and the Director of Recruiting, investing himself in raising up and preparing staff for new EMI offices worldwide, and always with a vision toward the next generation!

Gary has written a book that was published in 2023 to inspire greater missional living and purpose in the Western Church.  You can find it here If You Must Stay: Finding Your Fit in God's Plan to Reach the World: MacPhee, Gary: 9798988655909: Books 

Rounding out nearly three decades now in international missions work, as an author and speaker in churches, mission conferences, and trainings (Finding Your Fit Workshops), Gary's passion is to inspire people to "find their fit" in God's plan to reach the forgotten of the world with the message of His love and restoration.


Gary and Judylynn dated from the middle of high school and through college, and married shortly after graduation in 1984.   Their three children - Drew, Zac, and Hillary Rose - are all married and have families of their own now.  All of them live in Colorado and enjoy the life "out West" near the Rocky Mountains (but having grown up and lived for so many years along the Great Lakes and Niagara Falls, Gary and Judylynn's favorite getaways usually involve water and a coastline:).  They now have 6 grandchildren and love this new season of family life!