Gary K.Padilla - Speaker - Founder
A cradle Catholic, Gary fell away from the Faith in his mid-twenty's and spent 15 years in various Protestant Churches. During this time he became a Protestant Deacon and was deeply involved in numerous Protestant Bible study's and Home Study Small Groups. During this time in the "Protestant World" he also became a Children's program director, VBS Coordinator and even a drummer for a praise and worship band.
Then while attending a service at a local "Bible Church", the Ex-Catholic Pastor made an inappropriate statement about Transubstantiation. A spontaneous and profoundly spiritual sequence took place that launched Gary's journey, as well as his wife Kristi's, back to the Catholic Church. After about a year of intense study and a "Roller Coaster Ride" of events that took place, back and forth from Protestant to Catholic... Gary, his Convert Wife and all his 5 children settled into there final home, The Catholic Church.
Upon returning home to The Church, Gary helped start a men's group committed to making God and the Catholic Faith a priority in their lives. The group was dedicated to helping men grow in their passion for the Catholic Faith.
This Men's Group became the original planning committee that organized and launched the first ever Southwest Catholic Mens Conference for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, "Men Under Construction". The event was organized under the direction of the Arch Bishop of Santa Fe Michael J Sheehan, and Mnsgr Raun, the Pastor of the largest Parish in New Mexico. In addition to planning each years event, Gary also has also been a presenter as well as Master of,Ceremonies for the entire event. The conference is now in it's 12th year and has changed the lives of thousands of men.
After hearing of Gary's Journey through the Protestant World and back to Catholicism, Archbishop Michael J Sheehan. gave Gary the specific task to find and bring home as many Ex-Catholics as he could that he encountered during his time as a "Protestant", A task that Gary has taken to heart and followed passionately ever since.
Gary is now on staff at Emmaus Journey Ministry, a lay Catholic Evangelization and Discipleship ministry. He now works with Churches, organizations and individuals, building small group programs that will train up missionary disciples to actively live for Christ and share Christs message with others.
The focal point of his mission, with years of compiled research, data and studies, is directed to evangelizing fallen away Catholics in order to bring them back and get them actively involved in the One, Holy and Apostolic Catholic Church!
Public Evangelization Ministry
Owning and Operating a store, for nearly 20 years, in a large indoor Mall, with over 150 stores and 12 million visitore annually, allowed Gary to get an inside look at the influence of corporate advertising and market trends and how they affect society and our culture. He saw first hand how our culture has taken a disturbing turn away from it's Christian roots.
After years of operating in the Mall and being spiritually drained day in and day out from the negative environment, he began to pray for God to move him out of the Mall and away from such an Un-Christian and even Anti-Christian atmosphere. God had other plans and he remained. Uncertain of God's plan, he continued to look for ways to be a "Light" in a dark place.
With lots of thoughts and guidance by the Holy Spirit, he began to develop a line of Bible Verse T-Shirts that would inspire him to be a "Light" in a dark place and give him and others the hope and strength to get through these culturally dark times.
As the Bible Verse T-Shirts were designed and produced, he displayed them in the storefront glass window for ALL passerbys to see and read. He was unsure what the response would be so he prayed and waited patiently... With all credit and Glory to God, the response was amazing. He was suddenly sharing the Gospel with over 12 million visitors and inspiring Christians of every faith walk to come in and share there testimonies and thank us for being so bold! Miracuously there was no push back and not a single challenge to why he was displaying the items so boldly.
With a new fire for Spreading the Gospel, fueled by customer affirmation and demand, he expanded the line to include Bible Verse Car Decals and License Plates. Now customers could Spread the Gospel with their cars while driving around town. "Street Evangelization" had taken on a whole new form.
He saw firsthand how powerful and encouraging God's Holy Gospel could be when displayed in a public Mall with 12 Million visitors annually. This sparked him to officially launch a grass roots campaign to "Spread the Gospel... One Shirt, Car Decal and License Plate at a time.
The "Spread the Gospel Campaign" distributes a complete line of Bible Verse Shirts, Car Decals and Plates to Individuals, Gift Shops, Bookstores and Organizations. Churches and Schools can even get bulk pricing for fundraiser/faithraiser programs.
Gary hopes that everyone will join in and be inspired when they see how the power of God's Word, when simply and publicly displayed, can provide Hope for all who read it.
All prices are in USD.