Growing up in rural settings in Idaho and Oregon, Gary developed a love of nature and a sincere affection for the average, hard-working and fun-loving family. He began his college education at Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, receiving a Bachelors degree in Christian Education. While attending NCC, Gary met Carolyn and they were married his senior year. Gary continued on at the University of Oregon taking graduate classes in Psychology and later received a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. While pasturing churches in California and Oregon, Gary and Carolyn were raising five children. The family then embarked on twenty plus years of operating their own businesses. So far the Meuser family has grown to include nine grandchildren. A Smarter Heart is his first book.