Hello Everybody! My name is AL Garcia. I was born and raised in Chicago, and I’ve been living in Northwest Indiana for the last 10 years now. I became a follower of Christ on July 28, 1988 when a young minister met me on door-to-door outreach and led me to the Lord. Since then, I’ve been passionate about the things of God.
One of the areas that I enjoyed most about serving God was in leading a small group. It was while leading a small group that I began to sense the call of God on my life as a Pastor. By God’s grace, I was able to start a church with the 20 people from that small group and grow it into a vibrant fellowship of 350 worshippers. I was ordained at New Life Community Church in Chicago and I have been in ministry in one capacity or another for the last 30 years. Currently, I am a member of Lifewell Church in Winfield, Indiana where I serve in the Leadership Development Team.
I am a Certified Professional Leadership Coach and I have my own coaching business where I coach leaders from top companies around the world. I hold a Masters in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelors in Business Administration.
My wonderful wife Lela and I have 5 adult children and 12 grandchildren. We love worshipping God and serving his people. That’s why when asked to serve at GFCC, and after prayerful thought, we accepted the invitation. We are looking forward to what God is going to do during our time here and we are looking forward to getting to know all of you.
Some random facts:
- I served as an Investigator for both the City of Chicago and Cook County.
- I love dogs.
- I like to laugh and make people laugh.
- I’m energized by seeing people come to know Jesus and watching His church grow.
- My favorite verse is: “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)