Pastor Gary

Responsible for the teaching and preaching of the Word of God, vision-casting and equipping of current and “next generation” leaders through networking, mentoring and discipleship. He invests in the Pastoral Staff and Elders to ensure alignment of ministries with the core values and vision of Maywood.


Dr. Gary E. Kniseley, Lead Pastor

Pastor Gary Kniseley grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He came to know Christ as Savior at the age of 13 and while in high school he sensed God's call on his life for the pastoral ministry while serving in his local church. He attended and graduated from Maranatha Baptist University earning a bachelors degree in Bible and Church Ministries. He is also a graduate of Moody Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Ministry and a Master of DivinityHe completed his Doctorate of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Church Revitalization.  He desires to preach and teach the Word of God as God’s final authority that provides solid answers for changing times and godly living. He wants to help the church embrace its vision of "Becoming a People to Reach People for Christ!" He believes that the church must remain Biblically rooted, driven by the Gospel, for the glory of God.

Before coming on staff at Maywood in January 2005, he owned his own flooring business for approximately ten years. Pastor Gary and his family were a part of the Maywood family prior to coming on the pastoral staff. Gary is married to Adina and is blessed with two sons and a daughter-in-law (Ethan; Ross & Allison).  Gary enjoys partnering with his wife whenever possible in ministry—as a team of two.

When he has the opportunity, Pastor Gary enjoys riding his BMW across the country, skeet shooting, fishing, hunting, family vacations, reading, and spending time with his family. His favorite verse is Psalm 86:11, "Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name."

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Phone: 815-874-6806 Ext. 211