The Reverend Gary W. Bagley is a native Texan. Born in Nacogdoches, Texas and grew up on Pasadena, Texas. He is a graduate of Pasadena High School, Lon Morris College, Stephen F. Austin University, and Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.
Rev. Bagley served as a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church from June of 1979 until he was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in June of 1991. He served a number of United Methodist Churches throughout Texas until June of 2010.
In April of 2010, Reverend Bagley was told that there was no place for him to serve in the United Methodist Church because of his sexual orientation. After being asked to leave the United Methodist church because of his sexual orientation, Rev. Bagley was asked to join the Staff of Cathedral of Hope, UCC Dallas as the interim pastor at their new church in Houston. In May of 2010, he took his place as the interim pastor at Cathedral of Hope in Houston where he served until November of that year when a settled pastor was called.
In February of 2011, Rev. Bagley became the interim pastor of Community UCC and Spirit of Peace UCC in San Antonio, Texas where he served until November of 2012 when he accepted the call to be the settled Pastor at Edgewood Congregational Church, UCC in Cranston, Rhode Island.
Since August of 2011 Rev. Bagley and his husband Paul Pfrang have served the UCC faithfully and have enjoyed ministry in both San Antonio, Texas and Cranston, Rhode Island. Rev. Bagley has two children, both who currently live in Texas. His son is the Reverend Benjamin Bagley, the senior pastor at St. Luke’s UMC in Kilgor, Texas. Ben is married to Sabrina Bagley and they have three sons, William, Wesley, and Wyatt. Rev. Bagley’s daughter, Victoria, is married to Marine Staff Sargant Martin Arreola, Jr. They are currently stationed in Spring, Texas where Martin is a recruiting officer. Victoria and Martin have one son Martin Arreola, III.
Rev. Bagley is an advocate for justice and equality for all persons. Currently he serves on the Church and Ministry Committee for the Rhode Island Conference and is the ONA consultant for the Rhode Island Conference. He is passionate about outreach in the community as well as mission and ministry that make a difference in the lives of those in need in the community, state, nation, and around the world. Rev. Bagley was instrumental in getting Muffins for Mission, a ministry that helps provide meals for the homeless in Providence, established at Edgewood. He also supported the establishment of Lydia’s Closet, a thrift store that serves the poorer neighbors of Edgewood. He has also helped run shelters in Texas for hurricane evacuees.
Rev. Bagley believes that the church gathers on Sunday to renew and revive itself and then go out into the world to be the presence of Christ that transforms and makes new the lives of those in the community and world. Our call is to go into world and make disciples and that can’t be done waiting for people to come to us. It is our job to create a place of refuge for all people and to go out to the highways and byways to help those who are hurting and in need.
Come to Fellowship Hall after the services this Sunday and say hello.

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