Staff Biography
Gary MacPhee
Recruiting Director
Project Leader / Architect

(719) 633-2078 x. 103 voice
(719) 633-2970 fax

Colorado Springs, USA

My Story
I was raised in a traditional-looking family regularly attending a traditional church, but without any real understanding of my need for God or that He created me for a purpose or that He knew me personally and wanted me to know Him in a similar way. I grew up living the life of a people-pleasing, over-achieving, perfectionist, until I surrendered my life to the Lordship of Christ halfway through high school. I pursued a career in architecture, married my “high-school sweetheart,” and jumped into a life of raising children, climbing the corporate ladder, seeking success, and trying to have it all.

For many years, my life existed in independent, seemingly-unrelated tracks, full of the “blessing of God”: a ministry life in local church leadership; a professional life at the University at Buffalo and in my own consulting business; and a family life full of home-schooling our children and gutting and restoring houses. Seeing success and blessing in all those arenas of life, I rarely said no to any good thing and 10 years into my marriage and career saw myself heading for burnout because of all this “blessing.”

In 1994, I heard a speaker named Jackie Pullinger who changed my life. She is a British woman who has given her whole life to reach the poor and forgotten street people of Hong Kong. Among other things, she challenged the audience with this simple message, “If you must stay here, stay only if you are called…if you must stay here, become famous for looking after the wounded and the poor, the strangers and the aliens.” Faced with my self-centered life – and the question of whether I really ever surrendered my life to God or not - I couldn’t reconcile myself to “being called to stay.” That left only one other option. “Go…into all the world…”

Today, my greatest passion is to inspire the Church to reach the world at any cost – I preach in churches whenever I am able, bringing to bear the report of the desperate needs of the world on the all-too-comfortable, and-all-too-unaware, American church. "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." (James 1:27a)

EMI Project Portfolio
NIGERIA (Abuja) Hospital Complex
THAILAND (Chiang Mai) Village Church Prototype
CHILE (Patagonia) Public Christian High School

Age: born July 1962

Joined EMI: September 1997

I've been married to Judylynn since September 1984
Sons: Drew (born 1986), Zac (born 1988),
Daughter: Hillary (born 1991)

Professional Training and Experience
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, I earned my architecture degree at the University of Buffalo and ended up working there for many years becoming the Director of Architectural Services. (I am still licensed as a registered architect in New York and Colorado). At the same time, I became president of my own consulting company before joining EMI. Serving my local church for many years in many different ministry capacities, I grew to a place of leadership development that has allowed me to pursue correspondence study in ministry and become a licensed minister with Elim Fellowship.

Personal notes and trivia: Because of a wealth of another unique kind of training and experience, I have 13 scars on my left hand – can you guess why? Also, I have won the EMI Piranha Award twice, which is awarded to the EMI team leader with the worst trip experience – dare to ask me about it, or better yet, dare to travel with me?

Ministry Experience
By 1996, I had served in nearly every imaginable way in the local church including leading worship, teaching, and leading small groups and youth, but my experience concerning the poor and the lost consisted of a monthly check made payable to my church for such purposes. Through EMI since then, I have served in over 30 different countries leading teams across Central America, South America, Africa, Asia and Southeast Asia. In 2002, I took my whole family and pastored a church for half the summer in Okinawa for a pastor who needed a sabbatical

If God told me to live long term in a cross-cultural setting, the country I would chose...
doesn’t matter – I’m sure He’d tell me which one it was supposed to be, and then I’d follow Him… I have left my heart in many countries, and brought back a burden for every one, but the men and pastors of South and Southeast Asia have probably impacted me the most because of their faith and the countries of West and Central Africa have probably moved me the most because of the devastation of people’s lives from civil wars.

Verses to Live By
Phil 2: 5-8
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in human appearance as a man, humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross.

2 Cor 4:7-12
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

Eph 1:17-21
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

Isa 58:10-12
And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
Gary and Judylynn MacPhee with their children Drew, Zac and Hillary.