Updated: Aug 21, 2018
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am 71 years of age, but feeling 35☺ with as much or more energy than I’ve ever had. I’m still very vibrant and full of life. I’ve been married to Ed for 36 years and we currently live in Jensen Beach, Florida.
I am very much involved with an apostolic/prophetic Kingdom teaching church, Kingdom Reign Ministries which Ed and I dearly love. I co-teach the women’s group “Pearls of the King" and the presiding apostle has just asked me to assist him during his absence from the church. I typically minister at the church at least once, maybe twice a month.
I have a master’s degree in psychology and a PhD in Women’s Studies. I teach throughout the world, assisting church leaders (i.e., pastors, apostles) to shift their congregations to a Kingdom, apostolic mindset, impacting their regions both locally and regionally. My greatest passion is to help walk people out of bondage, especially women who have experienced domestic violence and/or childhood sexual abuse, incest, and rape. I am also a mental health professional concentrating on such mental issues as PTSD, depression, anxiety, brain/mind issues, etc. I am a published author and have written two major books, and 6 small books/booklets. The two major books are Healing the Traumatized Soul with a corresponding workbook, published in 2004 and The Whole Soul published in 2014.
Have you been a Christian your whole life or how did you come to know Jesus in a personal way?
Though I accepted Christ early in life, and was baptized at the age of 9, I didn’t actually establish a close personal relationship with Christ until I was way into my 30’s. I attended church most of my life, but not walking with Jesus in a personal way.
When did you first sense God calling you into ministry? What did that “call” look or sound like at the beginning?
A couple of years after coming back to the Lord in my 30’s I realized something was missing and I began to seek God with a real thirst for a personal relationship. That said, I have been walking with the Lord for just about 40 years now.
That's awesome! So tell us, were there any mental obstacles or real life limitations that you had to overcome?
Oh, I had to overcome many issues, but more emotional than mental. I was a victim/orphan most of my life due to childhood sexual trauma, not realizing I was a victim until much later into adulthood. I was raised by a single mother who had been an alcoholic; in fact, both parents had been alcoholics, but my dad left when I was 5 years old. My mom was saved when I was 11, so from that point on I was raised in a Christian home with my mother and grandmother. By the time I had been married with two children and subsequently divorced, raising my two daughters on my own, I began to see patterns in my behavior that needed to be healed. I was an overachiever, people pleaser, striver, who was dealing with rejection, self-pity, and poor self-image. I was easily angered, easily offended, and I carried a lot of shame and guilt. I had to overcome all those issues. I finally came to realize that I needed to go through deliverance and inner healing. It was only then that I began to seek the meaning of wholeness and desperately strived to get to that place. However, before ever learning anything about inner healing and deliverance, Holy Spirit walked me through a lot of my issues on my own. I’d read a book and recognize myself in the book and began to ask Holy Spirit to help me overcome whatever issue I recognized.
Have you had any role models or mentors along the way? If so, can you tell us a bit about how they helped you and in what way?
I had a number of what I called role models before walking with the Lord, but mostly my mother after coming to the Lord. I watched her demonstrate the love of Christ in our home and even though I wasn’t ready to walk fully with Christ I still recognized the impact of Christ in her life. My brother, who was also a pastor was a role model because I saw him be what I perceived to be, a true man of God. There were other people along the way, but it was only after I met and aligned with Apostle Barbara Wentroble that I understood the true meaning of mentorship. By then I had been walking with the Lord for many years, but I had not had what I would call a true mentor (anointed) to take me under their wings and teach me the apostolic/prophetic mandate of Heaven. I learned grace and humility from Barbara. I watched what she did and emulated her in ministry. I would say she, by far, has had the most profound impact on my life besides my mother.
We love Barbara, don't we?! She's impacted my life greatly, too! I actually did an interview with her for our first issue of Egal Mag. Our readers can find it here.
So, Gayle, what does God have you focusing on these days?
Bringing an awareness of the Kingdom mandate to the church. But still getting people set free from bondage.
Nice! If you could speak to any group of people what would you want to pass on to them?
Believe in and walk wholeheartedly with Christ at the helm; then believe in yourself and that He has a purpose for you being here on the earth. Never look to people for validation; never try to please others based on who you think they are. Stay true to God and self. Live your dreams/follow your destiny path; don’t allow set-backs or what many call failures to hold you back. Be who God calls you to be. Live a drama free life. Follow the golden rule – do unto others as you want them to do unto you. Always seek out those you can help – sow into their lives, your time, money, knowledge, but most of all wisdom.
That's fantastic! What advice do you have for emerging leaders who are feeling nervous about following God’s call on their life? Did you ever face any doubt in your own life in ministry and how did you deal with it?
In the first few years of ministry I doubted everything. As a woman, was I allowed to preach the gospel after being told by so many I was not? Would I embarrass myself? Did I know enough? Would I ever know enough? Who did I think I was? All of that doubt and fear of would God really, for real, for real, call me out of the world, clean me up and use me to deliver His word and teach others. I am still very much humbled that He has chosen me among so many others to advance His Kingdom.
Oh my goodness, that is so refreshing to hear. That speaks to me and I think it will really speak to a lot of our readers, to know that we aren't the only ones who have to battle those thoughts or accusations. So tell us, what do you think about women in leadership in the church?
There should absolutely be no distinction/restriction. If this is a question in a church where I go to minister, unless they are just ignorant of the word, why would I even be there? My only reason for being there would be to teach the Kingdom mandate that Jesus taught, which is the great commission – go into "everywhere".
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? How did you apply it?
Not to seek recognition for myself and let God open the doors for me. Wherever I’m supposed to be He will see to it that I get there, otherwise I have no right to be there.
If you could give your 25 year old self any advice, what would you say?
Seek first the Kingdom of God…pursue God’s purposes for my life. If you’re not doing purpose it’s a waste of time to be here. Don’t worry about things you have no control over – simply do the things you’re called to do.
You mentioned you have a couple of books out there, can you tell us where our readers can find them if they’d like to read more? Also, where can people find you online? (Facebook, website,etc. )
Yes, I have two books, Healing the Traumatized Soul can be purchased through Amazon. Amazon.com; The Whole Soul either through Amazon or my website: doctorgayle.com. Also a smaller book, my first book, self published in 1998 Presence of God, vol. I and II can be purchased at doctorgayle.com.
Gayle, this has been such a great time together! Thank you for pouring out for all of us and I am going to pray I have your energy when I am 71!