Olen Griffing, born and raised in Abilene, Texas, came to know Christ at the age of 31 and soon afterward responded to the call to pastor and lead people into the presence of God. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1972. He was the pastor of Shady Grove Church (now Gateway’s Grand Prairie Campus) for 30 years and is now an apostolic elder at Gateway Church. He and his wife, Syble, have been married for 58 years and reside in Euless, Texas. They have 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.