I asked Jesus Christ to come into my life as a seventh-grade boy following a Sunday school class. Many years later I committed my life to His glory. I am thankful for the new life in Christ, but also for the blessings of family, health, etc.
Gary Garrison and his wife Janet and have been married for more than 20 years and have three children: Jason, Jessica, and Jordan.
Coach Garrison became Maranatha’s head baseball coach for the 2009 season. He had served as hitting coach and worked with the catchers during the previous four years. Coach Garrison previously served as one of the cross country coaches from 2006-2008, resigning that position to focus on his duties as head baseball coach. He coached baseball at the high school level for 21 years and at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College for two years before coming to Maranatha in 2004 as a professor in the Physical Education Department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education at Olivet Nazarene University and a master’s degree in physical education at the University of West Florida. Coach Garrison has spent more than 30 years in Christian education. He has had the privilege to teach and coach a variety of sports on the high school and college levels.
God has given those involved in athletics a unique gift–to be able to enjoy the game itself but also to glean life lessons that will be so useful to us in future service for Him. There are many carryover benefits to being involved in sports. The discipline we learn as athletes can be so useful to us in our future lives. I am thankful for the opportunity God has given me to not only do something I love but also be able to relay valuable lessons to tomorrows’ leaders. In I Corinthians 9:24, Paul instructs his hearers to “run, that ye may obtain.” The course of life is set before each of us . . . will we be victors?