I consider this my life verse:
I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me. Acts 26:17, 18
About The Author
Gary Kendall is the founding pastor of Indian Creek Community Church in Olathe, Kansas. Gary, his wife Belinda, and a group of 27 adults from the First Church of God in Kansas City planted a new church in September of 1985. Indian Creek grew steadily adding new ministries such as Little Treasures Childcare Center, LifeLine Counseling Center; Share the Blessing and Trinity Health Clinic.
The church completed its first facility in May of 1997 after renting schools and office facilities for 12 years. Phase 2, the Adam Ettinger Christian Education Center, was completed in 2000. The church serves between 850 and 900 people on a typical weekend on three campuses. And over 2,000 people call Indian Creek their home church. The Olathe Campus doubles as a Community Center with 160,000+ square feet that includes an auditorium seating 1,200, administrative offices, classrooms, café, bookstore and a 24/7 prayer room.
In thirty years Indian Creek Community Church planted two churches (Celebration Community in Lenexa and Capstone in Brookside) and assisted Origins Faith Community in Ontario, OR. On Easter 2009 a second campus in Gardner was added. In 2014 Campus Espanol was added.
In 2005 Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life Ministry selected Indian Creek as one of 70 churches worldwide to receive their Purpose Driven Church Health Award.
In 2004 Gary partnered with Robin Wood to Co-Founded a ministry called the Church Multiplication Association, CMA, for the purpose of planting churches. Over a period of 8 years CMA assisted 80+ churches in their plants. In 2011 CMA merged with Healthy Growing Churches to become the church planting/multiplication arm.
Gary is the President of Project Partner, a 501c3 charity, that supports mission ministry to the nation of China. His daughter, Kristen Levitt, is the Director.
Gary is the son of Paul and Ruthie Kendall, former home missionaries for the Church of God in Anchorage, Alaska. Gary and his wife Belinda reside in Olathe, Kansas. Their daughter, Kristen, a graduate of Taylor University, married Josh Levitt. They live in Kihei, HI. Jeremy married his childhood sweetheart, Jesi Weekly, and they reside in Olathe, Kansas. Jeremy and Jesi have three children, Landon, Morgan and Evelyn. Their third son Luke likes in Chicago Illinois and is employed in commercial banking. Gary’s father, Paul, died in January 2010. Ruthie, Gary’s mother remarried Randy Curtis and lives in San Antonio, TX.
In 2015 Gary was honored by the Mayor of Olathe as the founder of the Olathe Latino Coalition.
Gary frequently travels as a speaker/conference leader nationally and internationally. Gary and Jim Davey coauthored the book, Path to Power, a Christian growth and discipleship study. Gary authored the book Backward. Gary and Belinda wrote the devotional, A Call to Love.