Pastor Gary Held is a pastor, author, blogger, and on-air radio personality based in Florida. He is convinced many Christian Americans are weary of the noise, confusion, and junk currently obscuring God’s message of grace. Ordained in 2000 in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, he now preaches Christ in Palm Bay, FL, at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, where he has been serving since 2004. He earned his MDiv from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.


Prior to studying for the ministry, Gary was an engineer developing software for companies such as Texas Instruments, Electrospace Systems, and B. F. Goodrich Avionics Systems. He earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University.


Podcaster since 2006, and denominational Circuit Counselor since 2009, Pastor Held is recognized as a teacher who explains theology in down-to-earth terms, while being a shepherd who guides Christians along their journey of faith in following Christ.

“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and
By Gary Held A listener recently asked questions about the Holy Spirit and the Spirit’s workings in our lives. While we may agree there’s a good deal of mystery surrounding