Gary Kendall is the founding pastor of Indian Creek Community Church in Olathe, Kansas. Gary, his wife Belinda, and a group of 27 adults from the First Church of God in Kansas City planted a new church in September of 1985. Indian Creek grew steadily adding new ministries such as Little Treasures Childcare Center, LifeLine Counseling Center; Share the Blessing and Trinity Health Clinic.
The church completed its first facility in May of 1997 after renting schools and office facilities for 12 years. Phase 2, the Adam Ettinger Christian Education Center, was completed in 2000. The church serves between 900 and 1,000 people on a typical weekend on two campuses. And over 2,500 people call Indian Creek their home church. The Olathe Campus doubles as a Community Center with 150,000+ square feet that includes an auditorium seating 1,200, administrative offices, classrooms, café, bookstore and a 24/7 prayer room.
In twenty-five years Indian Creek Community Church planted two churches (Celebration Community in Lenexa and Capstone in Brookside) and assisted Origins Faith Community in Ontario, OR. On Easter 2009 a second campus in Gardner was added.
In 2005 Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life Ministry selected Indian Creek as one of 70 churches worldwide to receive their Purpose Driven Church Health Award.
In 2004 Gary partnered with Robin Wood to Co-Founded a ministry called the Church Multiplication Association, CMA, for the purpose of planting churches. In 2011 CMA merged with Healthy Growing Churches to become the church planting/multiplication arm. In 2011 HGCM worked with 8 new plants and a network of 35 planting churches.
Gary is the President of Project Partner, a 501c3 charity, that supports mission ministry to the nation of China. His daughter, Kristen Levitt, is the Director.
Gary is the son of Paul and Ruthie Kendall, former home missionaries for the Church of God in Anchorage, Alaska. Gary and his wife Belinda reside in Olathe, Kansas. Their daughter, Kristen, a graduate of Taylor University, married Josh Levitt. They now live in Olathe, Kansas. Jeremy married his childhood sweetheart, Jesi Weekly, and they reside in Gardner, Kansas. Jesi is the Children's Pastor at the Indian Creek Gardner Campus. Jeremy and Jesi have two children, Landon and Morgan. Luke is married to Rachel and lives in Carol Stream, IL, where they are a part of the leadership team planting Mission Church. Gary's father, Paul, died in January 2010. Ruthie, Gary's mother now lives with Gary and Belinda in Olathe, KS. Gary's brother, Brad Kendall, is the pastor at Lakewood Way Community Church in Lee’s Summit, MO.
Gary frequently travels as a speaker/conference leader nationally and internationally. Gary and Jim Davey coauthored the book, Path to Power, a Christian growth and discipleship study. Gary and Belinda wrote the devotional, A Call to Love.