Gene Wolfenbarger is the Founder and Lead Pastor of The Gathering. He spent his youth roaming the hills and hollers of the Great Smoky Mountains before leaving Tennessee to attend Criswell Bible College in Dallas, TX. After receiving his B.A. in Biblical Studies in 1990, Gene was on the road for a decade as a highly successful itinerant evangelist.
On November 18, 1999, while conducting a meeting in Kansas City, God interrupted Gene’s evangelistic career with a startling new assignment. He was to return to his boyhood home in east Tennessee and start a new church, which God named The Gathering.
Gene and Karen Wolfenbarger and their two sons, Corey and Seth reside in Seymour, Tennessee. Gene is the founder and lead pastor of The Gathering Church. He is also the founder of The LORD’S Child Ministry, a humanitarian organization that reaches out to families around the world.
Gene and Karen believe that marriage is a covenant, not a contract and a biblical marriage is the foundation to building a strong and healthy family.
Each year The Gathering hosts a Marriage Equip Class. It is designed to celebrate and encourage marriages not only within the church family but the surrounding communities.
Gene’s passion is learning and teaching the Word of God. In Gene’s early days of ministry he traveled across America as an evangelist. He was privileged to see hundreds of people come to Christ as a result of the preaching of God’s Word. In 2000 God re-directed his life and called him to start a church in Sevierville, TN. As a pastor he has witnessed the power of God and His Word change the lives of people on a daily basis.
“Where the road STOPS … we START!”
The LORD’s Child, the mission arm of THE GATHERING CHURCH, was founded in 2007 by Gene Wolfenbarger and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to reach out to the poor and impoverished children around the world. This organization has blessed children of East Tennessee and around the worldbecause of its private donors and business owners.
Headquartered in the mountains of southern Appalachia, The LORD’s Child was born out of a great concern for the traditional and social orphans around us. That concern has now been taken on a global scale with children and communities in Uganda, India, Haiti, Kenya, and South Africa.
Gene has recently re-discovered his passion for golf! Competitive by nature, he loves to golf with his friends and family, whether he wins or loses. Of course winning is the goal! He uses the field in his backyard as a driving range and he enjoys hunting the balls as much as finding them!
Another favorite hobby of Gene's is reading. One of his favorite sayings is "You don't pick a book, the book picks you." He has included a list of books he has read in recent days:
Love Works-Joel Manby
Sleeping Giant-Kenny Luck
Could You Not Tarry One Hour-Larry Lea
Circle Maker-Mark Batterson
Sacred Marriage-Gary Thomas
The Blessed Life-Robert Morris
The Mystery of the Shemitah-Jonathan Cahn
I just closed out a great series on Understanding Healing. Wow, what a journey the Lord took me on. God is so good! As I reflect over the past few weeks I am convinced of this one thing; To have faith in God is to have faith in His Word!
GOD wants to SPEAK TO YOU!
Life is a never-ending series of questions. Where should I go to school? What am I going to do with the rest of my life? Should I take this job, or is there something better on the horizon? Who should I marry? Do I really know for sure that this is God speaking and not a man or even Satan speaking to me? Does God care about the little details in my life?
You might be saying, "Gene, there is no way that God wants to speak to me about these small things, my relationships, my money, my job, my children. YES HE DOES!" What if I told you that in the next thirty days before April of this year that the Lord is literally waiting on GO to speak to you about your HEALTH, your CHILDREN, your JOB, your DEBT, your WIFE or even FUTURE WIFE or even the NEXT BIG MOVE HE IS ABOUT to BRING you INTO.
The most difficult part of hearing God is the fact that it takes time to learn to discern God's voice -- and it takes a humble heart. This Sunday I will teach our church family on Learning To Hear God.
JESUS, The Full Gospel
The cross was more than a ticket to heaven. When Jesus said "It is finished" He committed His spirit to the Father and died.He paid your sin debt...in full. He took on your sins, all of them, past, present and future. The moment you declare Jesus Lord of your life He declares you righteous and all your failures are wiped away. But then it gets really good. He triumphed over death, rose from the grave and is now seated at the right hand of God, the Father! All authority has been given to Jesus and you are now part of that Kingdom. Jesus covered it all!
Could it be possible that you are living beneath your privileges as a blood bought, born again child of God? There are certain privileges that are attached to salvation such as freedom, healing, mercy and grace, the abundant life! Jesus made the way possible for you. 1 Peter 1:3 (ESV)