Garland Owensby was born and raised in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. He is married to Tiffani and they have three sons, Austin, Bryson, and Logan.
Garland ministered as a children's/teen evangelist with Don Triplett and the Castillo del Rey team in El Salvador, Central America. A highlight of the year was leading over 400 students in spreading the Gospel to in excess of 150,000 people in just three days!
Garland was the youth pastor at Northside Assembly of God, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The group saw tremendous growth as well as discipleship and evangelistic involvement.
In 1993, Garland and Tiffani accepted the youth pastorate of First Assembly of God, Ocala, Florida. This group also saw great growth both in spiritual and numerical matters. Speed the Light giving quadrupled during his ministry there.
The Fall of 1998 was his first semester as Youth & Student Ministries Coordinator and professor for SAGU. He is dedicated to equipping young men and women for a lifetime of ministry to youth.
He is also a frequent speaker at youth conferences, conventions, camps and churches all over the United States communicating the Gospel in a clear, relevant and funny style. Your group will be challenged to not only think but also do what the Scripture calls for.
Owensby has contributed to YouthWorker Journal, Youth Leader Magazine, The Ocala Star-Banner, the Pentecostal Evangel, TheRomantic.com, The52.com, Ministry Pass, numerous blogs and the book "Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks 3" edited by Wayne Rice and to Group Magazine writing the feature article “Uncommon Communion”.
In addition to youth ministry, Garland has pursued stand-up comedy and frequently travels performing. He has performed at the world famous Improv, Addison and Arlington, TX, Hyenas, Arlington, and After Hours Improv, Waxahachie, TX. Owensby received national exposure on XM/Sirius satellite radio’s clean comedy channel Laugh USA. Garland has released three comedy CD’s “GO Time”, “Side Hugs” and “Manly-Man” available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify and Pandora.