Gary Edwards was born in Indianapolis and began working in wood at the age of 12. His grandfather gave him an old hammer, saw, brace with a few drills, and a bucket of rusty nails. The local grocer provided wood orange crates and Gary designed and built several styles of birdhouses. All the neighbors, family, and friends bought his birdhouses. In high school, Gary bought a used scroll saw and made all types of decorative items and chess sets.

To support himself during his college years, he worked as a finish carpenter and continued to expand his repertoire. After graduation from seminary he served as a senior pastor and to supplement his income started G&A Cabinets. At that time you could see his cabinets and display cases in the atrium shops in the Indianapolis Hyatt. Later Gary served as a campus minister at Ball State University and started experimenting with turning all types of vessels and jewelry.

Following this time, Gary became the Executive Director of Suemma Coleman Agency in Indianapolis, then Vice President of Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, KS. Shortly after this he began Dynamic Stewardship Ministries, a church fundraising consulting company and raised over one-half billion dollars for churches and parachurch organizations. Later he became a Vice Chancellor at Purdue University Calumet. After retiring from Purdue he became the Vice President of Lincoln Christian University, in Lincoln, IL. After retiring again, he sold his consulting company and moved to Crawfordsville where he now resides with his wife Ann of 57 years.

He spends his time in volunteering with several churches, playing golf and growing his craft as a woodworker. As Ann and Gary travel he always manages to find a piece of wood native to that state or region to bring home to turn. Today, while he has been commissioned to do custom woodworking, he sells his art through an art gallery and an occasional art show. Gary has said, “I just enjoy creating with native and exotic woods. The Lord has given me the blessing of looking at a piece of wood and seeing beauty just waiting to be exposed.”

In 2012 after his fourth retirement he built their current home from a plan he had first drawn in an architectural drafting class in high school. In 2011 he redrew the plan and gave it to an architect who reproduced the plan in cad and engineered beams for the 22-foot ceiling in the gathering room. In the process he built all the cabinets for the kitchen and three full baths.