Gardner Lance was born in North Bend, Oregon. He accepted Christ while in grade school at a church camp but did not practice his faith for many years.

After high school he went on to Oregon State University where he earned a BS in Forest Products, Minor in Business and option in Wood Industry Management. He married his wife Annette immediately out of college and they moved to Yakima Washington where he began his career in Manufacturing Management and they began their family.

In 2005 God showed up in Gardner’s life and began a dramatic life transformation. In 2006 he and his family moved to Iowa where they lived in a community that actively practiced discipleship. In 2014 God moved them to Hot Springs where they have attended Crossgate since. They have led or been highly involved in many ministries including LifeGroups, Men’s Ministry, Marriage Ministry, and Explore Crossgate.

Gardner enjoys running, CrossFit, and is an avid outdoorsman with a focus on anything that has legs, wings, or fins.