Gary Bruce was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, but has called many places home as he and his family have moved around the nation during his thirty-six years of active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard. He came to have a personal relationship with Jesus at his home church in Orlando the summer of 1977 where he also met and later married his “love-at-first-sight lady”, the former Beverly Ann Taylor in 1985. They have been blessed with four wonderful, now adult, children: Brittany, Zachary, Erin, and Abby. Their daughter Brittany is married to Lawrence Hajek and they have two sons Gabriel and Marcelo. All of Gary’s children live in Virginia.
Gary and Beverly have lived in Williamsburg since 2004 and have called the Chapel their church home since then, although Gary has at times had to leave his family to work in other locations for the Coast Guard.
A prior Chief of Training for the Coast Guard, Gary holds a Master of Science Degree in Education from Florida State University. He officially retired from the Coast Guard on May 1, 2015, and he is both humbled and excited that the Lord gave him the opportunity to become an Elder on that very same day. He prays that the gifts formed in him during his many years of service to the nation can be fully used in serving the Lord at the Chapel.