Gary Wilkerson | World Challenge

Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.


Gary Randall Wilkerson was born on July 19, 1958. He was the third of four children and the first son of David and Gwen Wilkerson. Gary remembers receiving a clear call for ministry from God early on in his life. At the age of 19, God began to fulfill this call in his life through a position as a youth pastor. From that time Gary has helped lead and plant numerous churches, an orphanage and many mission outreaches both nationally and internationally. From 1999 to 2008 Gary traveled with his father, David Wilkerson, conducting pastors’ conferences around the world. He continues to lead pastors' conferences to encourage pastors and church leaders. In 2009, Gary founded The Springs Church in Colorado Springs, CO. He then took full leadership of World Challenge as its president in 2010.

Throughout his ministry, Gary has seen God’s heart for the impoverished and hurting of the world. He has focused the mission work of World Challenge to minister Christ’s love to the poorest of the poor around the globe. He shares this same heart as he ministers to leaders at pastors' conferences and to the congregation at The Springs Church. His desire is that all would know the life and joy found in Jesus Christ.


After ministering at pastors' conferences with his father around the world, Gary began pastors' conferences with the desire to encourage pastors to encourage and strengthen them. He invites other trusted pastors, such as Pastor Carter Conlon of Times Square Church, Pastor Claude Houde of Nouvelle Vie and Pastor Jim Cymbala of Brooklyn Tabernacle to help encourage pastors and leaders around the globe. Gary, along with World Challenge, partners with local churches to organize these conferences to effectively reach local church leaders.


In 2009, Gary Wilkerson planted a church in Colorado Springs. As exemplified by his various ministry associations, Gary has always had the heart and calling of a shepherd. This church has been the fulfillment of something God placed on his heart years ago. God’s commission to this church is that believers would be the hands and feet of Christ to the lost and hurting in this city. You can find more information about The Springs Church on their website.