First Presbyterian Church
147 N. Main Street
Cleveland, GA 30528

Rev. Dr. Gary Bagley

Gary & Jennifer


Interim Pastor, Rev. Dr. Gary Bagley

First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland is pleased to introduce our Interim Pastor, Rev. Dr. Gary Bagley and his wife, Jennifer. 

Work Experience:

  • First PC, Valdosta, Georgia, Intentional Interim Pastor/Head-of-Staff, city with population of 50,000, University town with Moody Air Force Base, Flint River Presbytery, 250 members. (2015-16)
  • Chapel by the Sea PC, Fort Myers Beach, FL, Intentional Interim Sr. Pastor/Head of Staff, Resort Island of 40,000, Peace River Presbytery, 750 average worshipping congregation in high season. (2013-14)
  • Hilton PC, Newport News, VA, Pastor/Head-of-Staff, city with population of 180,000, Presbytery of Eastern Virginia, 475 members. (2006-2012)
  • FPC, Dalton, GA, Interim Associate Pastor, Cherokee Presbytery, 700 members, focus—leading a $5.2 million Capital Campaign, Administrative planning, pastoral care, worship, preaching, and teaching responsibilities. (2004-05)
  • Eastminster PC, Marietta, GA, Interim Sr. Pastor, Head of Staff, Cherokee Presbytery, 700 members. (2003-2004)
  • Stockbridge Presbyterian Church, Stockbridge, GA, part-time Interim Pastor, Greater Atlanta Presbytery, 275 members, 12 months. (2001—2002)
  • Independent Development/Fundraising Consultant with Special Stewardship Resources and Cargill Associates. (1997-2000)
  • Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA., Chief Development Officer/Director of Development and Seminary Relations (Vice President-level position). (1994-96)
  • First Baptist Church/ Meridian, MS, Pastor, Head of Staff, Church with four associate pastors, city with population of 50,000, 2,500 members, Sunday morning worship broadcast over NBC affiliate station, emphasis placed on worship and the arts and missions. (1988-1991)
  • Bayshore Baptist Church, Tampa, FL, Pastor, Head of Staff, Church with four associate pastors, city of 300,000, 1,800 members, services broadcast over ABC affiliate station, Meals on Wheels hub for the city of Tampa. (19802-88)
  • First Baptist Church/ Blackville, SC, Solo Pastor, small town, 350 members. (1973-80)
Other service to the Church or denomination for the past 10 years: 
  • Stewardship/Finance Committee, Presbytery of Eastern Virginia (2008-12)
  • Consulting Team for Church Growth in Presbytery of Eastern Virginia (2010-12)
  • COM, Presbytery of Eastern Virginia—Examining, MARS (Mediation, Arbitration, Resolution Services) (2007-12)
  • Administrative Commission, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Norfolk, VA, PEVA. (2010-12)
  • Facilitator and host of Theologue Study Group, an ecumenical clergy and lay study group, Newport News, VA. (2007-12)
  • Administrative Division, Cherokee Presbytery. (2005-2006)
  • Stewardship Conference Leader, Cherokee Presbytery. (2005)
  • COM, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. (1995-2000)
Community Service
  • United Campus Ministry of Christopher Newport University Board member. (2010-12)
  • President, Board of Directors, Barnwell County Hospital, Barnwell, SC. (1978-80)
  • South Carolina State Health Coordinating Council Member. (1978-80)
  • Conference Leader,  “AIDS in the Workplace,” Southeast Conference for Chamber of Commerce Executives, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. (1992)
  • Member, Board of Directors, St. Paul’s Chamber Music, Meridian, MS. (1989-91)
  • Rotarian, Downtown Tampa Club and Meridian Club. (1980-91)
Education of Rev. Dr. Gary Bagley
  • Doctor of Ministry, Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY. (1979)
  • Master of Divinity, Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY. (1973)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, Furman University, Greenville, SC. (1969) 
  • Intentional Interim Ministry Training, Advanced Level, Wake Forest University Medical Center’s Center for Congregational Health, Winston-Salem, NC (2012)
  • Interim Ministry Training Level I (PCUSA), Calvin Conference Center, Atlanta, GA (2002)
  • Clinical Pastoral Education Internship, one year.  Georgia Baptist Medical Center, Atlanta, GA., clinical assignment—Psychiatric Unit.(1993-1994)
  • Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education, 2 semesters, Georgia Baptist Medical Center, Atlanta, GA. (1992)
Continuing Education:
  • Indiana University School of Philanthropy, Fund Raising 101. (1995)
  • Sinclair, Townes & Company, Fund Raising 101. (1994)
  • Sinclair, Townes & Company, Planned Giving 201. (1995)
  • Planned Giving Seminar, Presbyterian Foundation. (1996)
  • Marist College, Strategic Planning for Development Officers, Dennis Murray, President (1996)
  • 2007–2017 January Adventure in Emerging Christianity, St. Simons, GA
  • 2013 Festival of Homiletics, Nashville, TN.
  • Appreciative Inquiry—Church Dev. Seminar, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. (2004)
  • Natural Church Development Seminar, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. (2004)
  • Systems Theory, Calvin Conference Center & CPE Internship Atlanta. (2005)