Gary and Glenna Flokstra
Gerard (Gary) & Glenna Flokstra III served as appointed missionaries with the Assemblies of God World Missions for 19 years. They have been involved in overseas ministries for over 33 years. Gary began working with book and resource distribution to missionaries and overseas schools stateside in 1998 at Africa Library Services. He was director of that ministry from April of 2000 until December 2003.
Their mission adventures began in 1980 in Brussels, Belgium. After spending one year at Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels they served for ten years at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines. Both assignments included library development, book and resource distribution, and library training for students.
While in the Philippines, Gary started an internship program to train librarians who worked in theological libraries. At one time there were 13 librarians in various schools that had gone through the training. He was president of the Philippine Theological Library Association (PTLA) and founding president of the Baguio-Benquet Theological Library Association.
Both Glenna and Gary continue to travel overseas to provide library training, evaluations, and support to schools around the world.
Gary holds a BA in Bible from Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri and a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Glenna holds a BA in Christian Education from Central Bible College and has completed 12 hours towards a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling. In addition, Glenna has a diverse background in managerial skills, accounting, and computer programs and systems gained over the last 14 years in a plethora of training settings and assignments.
In their spare time, Glenna and Gary mentor one-on-one and teach mentoring. They are regularly active in their local church volunteering in various ministries. They enjoy the outdoors by camping, hiking, and traveling. They have been married for 36 years and have two children: G.J (the Fourth) and Bianca. GJ manages a local used book store and is married to a delightful lady by the name of Melissa. They have given Gary & Glenna two awesome granddaughters, Keturah & Khloe. Bianca is currently serving with World Vision International out of their DC office as Program Management Officer, Food Security and Livelihoods and Resource Development and Management International Programs Group. She was recently engaged to Victor and the family is looking forward to an upcoming wedding.