Dr. Faye A. Gary was born and raised in a rural community in North Central Florida. She is the second of five children, all of whom worked on their family farm during their formative years. At her home church in Ocala, Florida, Dr. Gary was the Sunday School teacher for the senior class for more than two decades. She later became the Superintendent of her Sunday School. These roles provided her with additional opportunities to positively influence the lives of under-resourced youth in the surrounding communities. In addition, her four sons were her most ardent Sunday School supporters – and their required attendance helped.
Most of Dr. Gary’s professional career has been spent as a faculty member in academic institutions such as the University of Florida, Gainesville, and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. She has also worked with Ministries of Health across the globe in the service of improving the health and well-being of children and families. Her work is evident in Africa, Brazil, Ecuador, Japan, Australia ( Original Australians), and others.