Dr. Gary Colboch was called as the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church on February, 5, 2017. Pastor Gary was born in Hialeah, FL and grew up in Hollywood, FL. He accepted Christ and was called into ministry at the First Baptist Church of West Hollywood when he was 17 years old. Pastor Gary is an alumnus of Hollywood Christian School, Baptist University of America (BS), Luther Rice Seminary (MAM), and Andersonville Theological Seminary (D.Min). He has served churches in Marietta, GA; West Palm Beach, FL; and Hartsville, SC. His ministry experience spans Children/Youth Ministry, Executive Pastor, and Senior Pastor positions, as well as involvement and oversight of two Christian schools.
Pastor Gary has served as a hospital chaplain, chaplain with Motor Racing Outreach, co-founder of two crisis pregnancy centers, writer for a weekly faith column, camp and conference speaker, church fundraiser, and he has been part of two multi-million dollar church building / renovation projects. Pastor Gary also believes in engaging his community and has served in a variety of capacities including, but not limited to: Hospice Chaplain (2009-2017), Board of Trustees for Luther Rice Seminary (2015-present), Board of Ethics for CPRMC (2014-2017), Board of Trustees for Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center (2012-2017), Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce (2005-2015), Hartsville Economic Development Board (2007), Director of Hartsville’s July 4 Family Fireworks Festival (2004-2014), concert promoter, and various other community roles.
Pastor Gary is passionate about church growth, loves spending time with his family, and enjoys golf and water sports. Gary and his wife, Flora, have three daughters: Courtney (Brandon) Butler, Bethany (Bradley) Gainey, and Lindsay. They also have one granddaughter, Hadlee Grace Butler (7.21.17).