Gary Underwood, MDiv, DMin

Director of Development & Ministry Partnerships

Gary and his wife, Jennie, live in Uniontown, Ohio with their three teenage kids—Alli, Luke, and Julie—and their goldendoodle, Rocky. A lifelong pastor who has served on staff at The Chapel and Grace Church, Gary was a Lead Pastor for 11+ years at Delaware Grace Church in Delaware, Ohio.

Though Gary loves sports, music, grilling, podcasting, coaching, and South Carolina, he gets tremendous joy from encouraging pastors and leaders in their relationships with God and those around them. His recent experiences as Church Relations Manager at Compassion International increased Gary’s passion, network, and experience in serving ministry leaders in all types of churches, organizations, and networks.

BA in Business Administration – Grace College
Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies – Grace Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry (ABD) – Denver Seminary

Pastor of Young Adults & Small Groups (The Chapel • Akron, OH • 2001–2004)
Lead Pastor (Delaware Grace Church • Delaware, OH • 2004–2016)
Campus Pastor (Grace Church Akron East • Akron, OH • 2016–2019)
Church Relations Manager (Compassion International • 2019–2023)

Due to a local winter storm warning, Emerge Counseling Ministries will be closed Friday, January 19th and will reopen pending improved weather conditions. We are offering telehealth appointments only pending the clinician’s availability to do so.