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Gary Combs

Senior Pastor

Gary W. Combs, B.A., Radford University; M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, is our lead pastor. He was born in Bristol, Tennessee, but grew up in Bristol, Virginia. He was the first of four children. Gary majored in music with an emphasis on classical guitar at Radford University. This is where he met and married his college sweetheart, Robin Conner, in 1979.

He began working for the Jack Eckerd Corporation in 1980. He was the District Manager over the Eastern North Carolina district when he resigned in 1991 to answer God’s call to full-time ministry. He finished his seminary work with an emphasis in Biblical Languages in 1994. Gary formed a core group in 1991 that later became the founding members of WCC. Gary is the founding pastor of WCC.

Gary and his wife Robin have three married children: Stephen (wife, Caroline); Jonathan (wife, Nicole); and Erin (husband, Abbott). They also have seven grandchildren. Gary enjoys reading, playing guitar, travel, disc golf with his sons, and being with friends and family.

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