Hi! I'm Gary DeLashmutt. Xenos has two lead pastors--kind of strange for a church--and I'm one of them. Dennis McCallum(my colleague) and I have been friends since high school. I came to Christ in 1970, shortly after Dennis became a Christian, and we've been partners in Christian ministry ever since! We started out as undergraduate students with a desire to communicate Christianity to other students in a way that was intellectually credible, culturally relevant, and relationally satisfying. Nothing is more exciting and satisfying to me than introducing others to this way of life.
Besides serving as an elder and member of the management team, I am a senior sphere leader – which means that I supply leadership and oversight for about 25 of our adult home churches. I am also one of the regular teachers at our adult Central Teachings. I also help lead a home church with my wife and other friends. I teach Xenos’ adult core classes as well as other courses throughout the year.
I also am an author. Loving God's Way, published by New Paradigm, explores Christian community by studying the "one another" imperatives in the New Testament. Spiritual Relationships That Last, published by Xenos Publishing in 2001, (formerly called Myth of Romance, published by Bethany House in early 1996), explains how to prepare for and build a Christ-centered marriage. Originally, it was published locally as Marriage Choices and Spiritual Growth. I also collaborated with Roger Braund to contribute a chapter on The Death of Truth, published by Bethany House in (you guessed it) early 1996. This book explores the ways in which postmodernism is affecting many disciplines in American society. Our chapter deals with education.This book explores the ways in which postmodernism is affecting many disciplines in American society. Our chapter deals with education. Finally, I have written an expository commentary entitled Colossians: Christ over All & Christ in You, published by New Paradigm.
I am married, and my wife Bev and I have two wonderful daughters and five awesome grand-children. I enjoy traveling, reading, watching sports, biking and hiking.