FOR KING AND COUNTRY: Crave
I know I am biased but this is an amazing album. Very excited for their sophomore project
The Civil Wars
The Civil Wars: The Civil Wars
Kind Of Blue
Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue
Was there ever a better jazz album? Recommended reading whilst writing sermons!
Things We Need For The Journey
Superhero: Things We Need For The Journey
Great album by a band I really believe in. You should buy this!
Mumford & Sons: Babel
Great new album.
For King & Country: Crave
This is a great album by 2 very talented guys. I have been traveling with Joel & Luke for years. Brothers and back-up singers as well as support act to Rebecca St James, this is a band to watch out for.
The Civil Wars: Barton Hollow
Love this grammy award winning album produced by my mate Charlie Peacock
Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball
Great album by the Boss
Ed Sheeran: +
Love this Grammy and Brit Award winning artist
Philip Yancey: Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference?
Another very readable book by one of my favourite authors
Tom Wright: Acts for Everyone - Part 1 Chapters 1-12 (New Testament for Everyone)
Excellent background reading for the "Advancing the Kingdom" series
Kevin L DeYoung: Just Do Something: How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers,
A really helpful book in helping me shape my "Everybody has got to do something" key message
Stephen Matthew: Building Church: Practical Wisdom for All Church Builders
Inspirational book on how to build an effective and prevailing church
Roger Aubrey: Discovering God
Fascinating, learned and informative book on the names and characteristics of God
Mike McKinley: Passion: How Christ's Final Day Changes Your Every Day
A good book to read in the season of Lent!
James Galloway: The Spirit of the Purple Cow
second book by my mate James Galloway. Always a good challenging read!
Mike McKinley: Church Planting Is for Wimps (9Marks) (Ixmarks)
A Christmas present from Nigel & Gill
Greg Haslam: Preach the Word!: The Call and Challenge of Preaching Today
A great collection on teaching on the gift and craft of preaching
William H. Willimon: The Gospel for the Person Who Has Everything
Nigel bought this for me in preparation for the new adventure at Vale Village Church
Founding Director of the IGNITE discipleship initiative along with Nigel James, Gary Smith lives near Cardiff, Wales with his wife Lesley. He has two children Beci who is at university and Ben who is studying for A Levels.
Having left school at 16, Gary did not return to academia until he was in his late twenties where he attained a BA (Hons) in Informal and Community Education. Initially he was involved in a number of sales related jobs before becoming an Recruitment Consultant in the IT industry. A long term member of the Boys' Brigade he was honoured to join their full time staff until setting up Big Ideas with Nigel James in 1995. IGNITE is part Big Ideas (not to be confused with Big Idea productions in the USA) He is the CEO of ignite
Ignite challenges young people to discover their purpose in life, to be a disciple of Jesus and to transform their generation, and since 2000, well over 12,000 teenagers have signed the IGNITE discipleship declaration which commits them to a radical life of discipleship. IGNITE also runs The IgniteHope and the IGNITE Leadership Academy which trains 18-24 year olds from churches in and around Cardiff in Christian Leadership. Ignite also operates in India, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia and the USA
Gary is a consultant to the band Superhero and is the International booking agent for Rebecca St James and For King and Country.
In 2012 Gary and Lesley began to lead a new congregation in the village of Wenvoe called Vale Village Church
Reading, cooking, family, music, the theatre and meeting with friends