Each Ashram has an Ashram Director, an Evangelist, and a Bible Teacher.

Ashram Director: Gary Wheeler

Gary began attending Ashrams in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas as a teenager with his family. As Director, he guides the daily events during the Ashram as well as the Board of Twelve leadership team during the rest of the year.

He is a United Methodist pastor who has served churches in Kentucky, Georgia and Ohio, and is currently serving Germantown United Methodist Church in Germantown, Ohio.  His other activities include chairing the Miami Valley District Location and Building Committee, as well as serving as the District Treasurer. He is a member of the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio. He is a member of the Board of the West Ohio Wesleyan Covenant Association. He is very involved in the Greater Dayton Walk to Emmaus Community.  He is a member of the Faith-Based subcommittee with the Valley View Drug-Free Coalition. He is also a member of Dayton Pilots’ Club and serves on its Board of Trustees as the Treasurer. His hobbies include flying (he has his Private Pilot’s License), watching sports, computers, and music. 

Gary is also an author. “Hanging On In An Upside Down World” is about how to cope with the events in life that turn one’s world upside down. You know, no matter what is happening in a person’s life, Jesus has a way of taking us from our worst to our best. His follow-up, “Living Right Side Up: Jesus’ Guidelines For A New Life” answers the question: what does a right side up life look like? Both books are available on Amazon.

Gary is married to Myra, who serves as the Registrar for the Ashram. She leads Women’s Bible Studies at Germantown United Methodist Church. She is also very involved in the Greater Dayton Walk to Emmaus Community. She is a social worker with Children’s Services, and loves to shop!

They have four adult aged sons: Marty, Kevin, Matt, and Greggie. 

Gary is passionate about helping people growing in the relationship with God, and reaching out to people who are far from Him. His favorite passage of Scripture is Joshua 24:15 “But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”

2022 Evangelist: To Be Named

2021 Bible Teacher: To Be Named

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