The Reverend Gary B. Manning is the Rector of Trinity Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He has been in ministry together with that congregation since July, 2004. Prior to his arrival in Wauwatosa, he had served as the Associate to the Rector at Christ and St. Luke's Church in Norfolk, Virginia.
Manning received his M.Div. degree (cum laude) from The Virginia Theological Seminary in May, 2002. Before beginning his seminary studies in 1999, he worked as the Lay Associate for Administration and Education at St. Peter's Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida for five and a half years. Prior to his full time work in the church, Manning spent many years as an insurance agent. He completed his undergraduate degree, B.A. (Biblical Studies, cum laude), at Lee University in 1981.
During his tenure at Trinity Church, Manning has also served the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee as a member the Executive Committee, the Commission on Mission and Development and several other task forces and working groups. For the past three years, he has been a trainer for the Church Development Institute (CDI) in the diocese. He has recently completed additional training through the Institute for Personal Empowerment Coaching. He frequently serves as a consultant to parishes, working with clergy and vestries to foster synergistic relationships and clarify congregational mission strategies.
In June of last year, less than five miles from where I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a crowd of slightly more than two thousand people shouted, jostled and restlessly stood in line to receive what they thought would be an emergency food stamp allocation. They had heard about a one-time grant from the federal government to assist families adversely affected by devastating floods in our area. But the longer they stood, the angrier they became.Read full transcript...