Gary Smalley (1940 - 2016) was well-known as a trusted counselor, informative speaker, and published author of more than sixty books. 

When Gary and his family came to serve at the Oak Brook Headquarters in Chicago, IL, he had just graduated from seminary and had been impacted by the Basic Seminar. During the years that followed, Gary learned the secrets of presenting powerful truths in practical ways. His books are now being read by millions of people around the world. Gary majored on the true meaning of love and how this vital quality can be experienced and maintained in a marriage, in a family, and in any other relationship. His messages are rich with illustrations out of his own life. 

He was father to three children who now have their own families and continue his work, both with the Smalley Institute in Houston, TX and Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, CO, “saving marriages and relationships one couple at a time.”