About Me

I have been leading others for over 30 years as a worship leader, conference speaker, associate pastor, business administrator, road manager, consultant, office manager, and corporate development administrator. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/English Literature in 1981 and went on to graduate school, attending The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. I graduated in 1985 with a Master of Divinity in Christian Education/Church Business Administration.

I have served numerous churches and ministries across the country. In 1991-92 I was the Administrator and Office Manager for LaMar Boschman Ministries and The Worship Institute located in Dallas, TX. I planned, administrated, and taught at worship training events all across the USA and Canada. After leaving Dallas for Florida, I was on staff as Minister of Music/Church Business Administrator, until taking a ministry sabbatical in 1996. In 2000 I began ministering as a worship leader for Dan Duke Ministries, leading worship each weekend at various churches around the southeast. Following a year of traveling with Dan, I accepted a staff position as Worship Leader (part-time) at a small, dynamic church in St. Augustine, FL. After building the worship team ministry there, I began filling in at various churches in the Jacksonville, FL area as weekend worship leader.

Prior to founding The Management Agency in 2005, I was personal manager for Paul Wilbur (recording artist with Integrity Music) in Jacksonville, FL. For over three years I served Paul’s ministry as office administrator, road manager, and personal manager. We toured extensively in Latin America and in Africa and across the USA.

As a conference speaker, I bring my years of experience in the church and business worlds to help others develop a mature understanding of their calling. I regularly consult with touring artists and bands providing career counseling and developing customized management plans that are strategically implemented to help take their ministries to new levels. I am available as a conference speaker addressing topics including leadership issues, career development, and ministry planning and development. I also work with individual churches and ministries in setting up their offices, administrative systems, and team & leadership development.

I have worked closely with some of the leading figures in the contemporary worship field including Ron Kenoly, Paul Wilbur, Alvin Slaughter, Steve Fry, Nick Coetzee, Carl & Leann Albrecht and many others. I have served as personal manager for Paul Wilbur (Integrity Music), Lynn DeShazo (Integrity Music), Bob Fitts (Maranatha & Integrity Music), Michael Gungor (co-wrote Dove nominated & ASCAP Song of the Year “Friend of God”), Meredith Andrews (now with Word Music), and many other independent artists nation-wide.

As a Music Industry Conference Speaker and consultant, I cover the following important areas every touring artist needs to address:

  • Developing Your Vision and Career Path
  • Manager, Booking Agent, or Both?
  • Recording and Producing a Successful CD
  • Publishing Your Music
  • Distribution – Virtual & On-Shelf
  • Partner Development Program & Capital Fund-Raising
  • Promotions, Merchandise & Marketing
  • Image Consultation
  • How To Communicate with Maximum Effectiveness
  • Developing Improvisational Skills
  • Stage Presence & What Your Audience Expects
  • Identify & Create the Need
  • Engaging Your Audience with Your Message
  • Creating an Engaging Presentation
  • Bookings, Contracts, Tech Riders & Technology
  • How To Maximize Bookings
  • How to Have a Successful Tour

Internationally, I have ministered in nations including Israel, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Nigeria, Ghana West Africa, the U.K., El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Canada. My specialized understanding of the music ministry coupled with formal training in church business and ministry administration provides me with the ability to help others see the Kingdom of God come in power on the earth through their own ministries!

My wife Laura and I live in Jacksonville, FL with our son Elliott. Laura and I celebrate 37 years of marriage this June. We attend Celebration Church in Jacksonville. Our daughter, Emily, resides in New York City where she is an event and wedding planner extraordinaire.


  1. jordan riley

    Hey Gary just wanted to talk to you about management and booking. I got your info from my friend Andy Phan. Just wanted to see what you are doing and if you are taking on new artists like myself.
    jordan riley

  2. Isaiah Jay

    Good day. My name is Isaiah Jay, an upcoming Inspirational songwriter and music artist. I have a Marketing & Distribution agreement with a Christian based recording company based in Mustang, Oklahoma. Tate Music Group.

    Tate Music Group will be marketing my album which is to be released soon. I am encouraged to promote myself as well as submit to/for opportunities. This is why I am contacting you/your organization.

    Are there any openings or opportunities in any of your upcoming events for such an artist? I am in search of a booking agent/mnager. Bio, music, videos, pictures, etc. can be found at 1 of the links below.

    All responses will be received at the email address above. Thank you for your time and consideration. God’s blessings continually!!!


  3. Gary Stripling (Post author)


    Thanks for reaching out to us. Please complete our Contact Form so I can send you detailed information about our artist management services. We have worked with many Tate artists over the years (and recently signed another one to management earlier this month), so I know what your needs are and how we can help you.

    Gary Stripling
    The Management Agency (TMA)
    Office – 904.745.9151

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