Gary Stripling, Worship Leader

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In October of 2010 the Lord impressed upon me the need to record an EP of intimate worship songs. Working with my good friend and producer, Nick Coetzee, we started working on song selection and arrangement. I really had no idea what direction the project would take. However, something inside my deepest core was telling me it had to be “heart-related.” God was preparing me for a journey.

As Nick and I were praying about the recording, songs would come to us and the project began to take shape. Of the 5 songs on the EP, I knew the title of the project needed to be “The Heart of the King” – having no idea that my journey would take me where it has these past 5 years. On August 21, 2015 I had open heart surgery. My cardiovascular surgeon’s hands were guided by The Great Physician as he literally put my heart back together. And most importantly, during this journey, God my Healer showed me the importance of having the heart of THE King Himself.

Now that I am on the other side of a six-year journey that brought physical, medical and spiritual challenges I believe God is leading me to return to the studio to record “Songs For The Journey” that encourages those in pain, those whose faith has been challenged, and most importantly will include songs that exalt and worship the Giver of Life. Won’t you join me on this celebration of the journey?

My Professional Journey

I have been leading others for over 30 years as a worship leader, conference speaker, associate pastor, business administrator, road manager, consultant, office manager, and corporate development administrator. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/English Literature in 1981 and went on to graduate school, attending The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. I graduated in 1985 with a Master of Divinity in Christian Education/Church Business Administration (M.Div./C.E.).

I have served numerous churches and ministries across the country. In 1991-92 I was the Administrator and Office Manager for LaMar Boschman Ministries and The Worship Institute located in Dallas, TX. I planned, administrated, and taught at worship training events all across the USA and Canada. After leaving Dallas for Florida, I was on staff as Minister of Music/Church Business Administrator, until taking a ministry sabbatical in 1996. In 2000 I began ministering as a worship leader for Dan Duke Ministries, leading worship each weekend at various churches around the southeast. Following a year of traveling with Dan, I accepted a staff position as Worship Leader (part-time) at a small, dynamic church in St. Augustine, FL. After building the worship team ministry there, I began filling in at various churches in the Jacksonville, FL area as weekend worship leader.

Prior to founding The Management Agency in 2005, I was personal manager for Paul Wilbur (recording artist with Integrity Music) in Jacksonville, FL. For over three years I served Paul’s ministry as office administrator, road manager, and personal manager. We toured extensively in Latin America and in Africa and across the USA.

As a conference speaker, I bring my years of experience in the church and business worlds to help others develop a mature understanding of their calling. Through my company, The Management Agency, I regularly consult with touring artists and bands providing career counseling and developing customized management plans that are strategically implemented to help take their ministries to new levels. I am available as a conference speaker addressing topics including leadership issues, career development, and ministry planning and development. I also work with individual churches and ministries in setting up their offices, administrative systems, and team & leadership development.

Our international clientele includes artist or bands in India, Australia, Uganda, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Trinidad & Tobago, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Grand Bahamas, Barbados, as well as artists and bands all across the USA.

I have worked closely with some of the leading figures in the contemporary worship field including Ron Kenoly, Paul Wilbur, Alvin Slaughter, Steve Fry, Nick Coetzee, Carl & Leann Albrecht and many others. I have served as personal manager for Paul Wilbur (Integrity Music), Lynn DeShazo (Integrity Music), Bob Fitts (Maranatha & Integrity Music), Michael Gungor (co-wrote Dove nominated & ASCAP Song of the Year “Friend of God”), Meredith Andrews (now with Word Music), and many other independent artists nation-wide.

As a Music Industry Conference Speaker and consultant, I cover the following important areas every touring artist needs to address:

  • Developing Your Vision and Career Path
  • Manager, Booking Agent, or Both?
  • Recording and Producing a Successful CD
  • Distribution – Virtual & On-Shelf
  • Partner Development Program & Capital Fund-Raising
  • Promotions, Merchandise & Marketing
  • Image Consultation
  • How To Communicate with Maximum Effectiveness
  • Developing Improvisational Skills
  • Stage Presence & What Your Audience Expects
  • Identify & Create the Need
  • Engaging Your Audience with Your Message
  • Creating an Engaging Presentation
  • Bookings, Contracts, Tech Riders & Technology
  • How To Maximize Bookings
  • How to Have a Successful Tour

Internationally, I have ministered in nations including Israel, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Nigeria, Ghana West Africa, the U.K., El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Canada. My specialized understanding of the music ministry coupled with formal training in church business and ministry administration provides me with the ability to help others see the Kingdom of God come in power on the earth through their own ministries!

The Heart of the King

My first recording “The Heart of the King” included songs that I wrote during a season of worship-leading years ago. I also included songs from good friends David Baroni and my producer Nick Coetzee. We recorded these songs in Nick’s studio in Tampa, FL. It was a very intimate setting where Nick captured the essence of my personal worship of the King of kings. We released the project to digital distribution (iTunes) and did little else to promote and market the music. It was my desire to record musically what I was feeling in my heart.


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