Rev. Gary L. Frost

Personal: The Rev. Gary Frost was born and raised in Youngstown, the second child of Hugh and Lillian Frost. He was an Eagle Scout out of Troop 18 at McGuffey Centre. He was president of his senior class in 1972 at East High School, where he played basketball and football and was selected as an All-City quarterback. He has been married for 36 years to the former Lynette Bentley of Youngstown and they have six children and have fostered more than 40 children in the Youngstown community.

Education: The Rev. Mr. Frost attended Mount Union College in Alliance where he majored in psychology; graduated from Central Bible College with a degree in Christian education; and earned a master’s degree in pastoral psychology at Ashland Theological Seminary.

Ministry: He served three years as interim pastor of Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church then was pastor of Rising Star Baptist Church for 18 years. He served as co-chairman of the Spiritual Board of Overseers of the Greater Youngstown Coalition of Christians, president of the board of Eagle Heights Academy and president of the board of Warriors Incorporated. He also served on the board of directors of the Southside Community Development Corp.

Southern Baptist Convention: Mr. Frost served as president in Ohio; second vice president of the national convention; a member of the executive committee in Nashville, Tenn.; vice president of North American Mission Board; and executive director of the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association relating to some 200 churches.

Other activities: He was a board member of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York and in 2004 served as chairman of the Counseling and Follow-up Committee of the New York Billy Graham Crusade. He recently served as director of Emerging Leadership for New York City Leadership Center before becoming president of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York. As a co-founder of The Hope Consortium, Mr. Frost has been active in mentoring at Rikers Island Corrections where he developed the Urban Eagle Mentoring Initiative targeting 16- to 21-year-old men.

Source: North America Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

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