My name is Mike McGarry, and I’d like to welcome you to Living Theologically. My desire is for this to be a place where normal Christians who have never studied theology can come and understand how theology shapes the Christian life.
Studying theology has literally changed my life. I was never a great student, but it has continually sparked a desire to learn, to question, and to challenge myself to understand more about who God is, what he’s done, and how we can honor him accordingly.
Who Am I?
I’ve lived in Massachusetts my entire life and I’m proud to be a New Englander. My wife and I have two children, and while they may be mentioned every once in a while, I prefer keeping my family anonymous for sake of online privacy. I love books, football, coffee, and exercise, but I hate long walks on the beach (going to the hospital and being bed-ridden because of a sunburn will do that to you!).
Education: Gordon College (B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies and Youth Ministry, 2002), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. in 2005 & D.Min. in 2014). My doctoral thesis is entitled “Youth Ministry as Bridge Between Church & Home” and I hope to rework it into a book for publication one of these days.
Ministry Experience: I have served as the Pastor of Youth & Families at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Norfolk, MA since 2005. I love preaching on Sunday mornings and seeking ways to integrate teenagers into the life of the church. I’m passionate about the need for sound doctrine in youth ministry that leads students to grow roots which last a lifetime. Throughout my ministry at EBC I’ve worked hard to not get “locked in the youth room,” as many youth pastors have experienced. Thankfully, the folk at EBC removed those locks a long time ago.
Publications: I contributed a chapter to the book Gospel Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide (Crossway, 2016). My chapter is based off my D.Min thesis, which I am currently rewriting as it’s own book to provide a biblical, theological, and historical foundation for youth ministry. I have also contributed articles to multiple online site, you can find those links on the “Start Here” page.