Meet Our Staff

Senior Pastor: Gary Fuller

Dr. Gary Fuller was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, but accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in Colorado at the age of 15.

He says he “grew up in Nebraska and Grew out in Colorado”. Having traveled the world in evangelism, he welcomed the opportunity to settle down in his home town of Lincoln to see his family and those he grew up with come to Christ. 

In Lincoln, he met and married his beautiful wife Lynn and they started two families theirs (Josh-36, Jeremiah-23, and Marin-20) and Gentle Shepherd Baptist Church. 

Dr. Fuller has now served the Lord in full time ministry for 43 years. He loves to ride his Harley, hunt, fish, make music, work on the computer, kayak, blog and watch the Huskers, NDSU Bison, Broncos. 

He is serves as the treasurer and on the executive committee the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, and has been the chairman and state rep of the Nebraska Baptist Bible Fellowship.  

Pastor Gary also serves as a member of the Lincoln Police and Fire Department and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Chaplaincy Corps. He served on the board of directors for 13 years and is the past Senior Chaplain and Assistant Sr Chaplain for the Corps. 

In June of 2012, Pastor Fuller was honored with a Doctor in Divinity degree from the Bible Baptist College of Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mexico. 

Gary was honored as the 2011 Lincoln Police Department’s volunteer of the year for his work on the chaplaincy corps.  

You will find Pastor Fuller to be very friendly, engaging and down to earth. His preaching is soulful and practical.   

Associate Pastor: Jeremiah Fuller

Jeremiah has called Lincoln, and Gentle Shepherd, his home his entire life. Saved at an early age and raised under the ministries of his father and Dr. Warren Wiersbe, he has become a vital part of the ministry of GSBC. Jeremiah leads a vibrant group of young adults.

His preaching style is extremely engaging and inspirational. He is a young man who embraces the old truths.

Jeremiah enjoys doing street ministry, video gaming, body-building and exercise, hanging out with his buddies and anything firearms related. Interesting fact: He is a burger connoisseur, taking ample satisfaction in knowing where the best burgers in town can be found.

Children’s Ministries Director: Penny Zimmermann

A native of New Orleans, Penny has called Lincoln home for the last 22 years. She has 3 adult children that she is extremely proud of and enjoys spending time with them.  She also has numerous “adopted children” that consider her “mom”.  One of her refrains is “Give me a child, 10 minutes later, they’re mine”.  Penny was saved here in Lincoln over 7 years ago. She came to Gentle Shepherd in 2017 and has found her home base for service for Christ. She loves telling people about what Jesus has done for her. One only needs to talk with her for a few minutes to know that she loves the Lord immensely.

She has taken a number of her children’s friends under her wing, as well as children she has met in other situations. She still mentors them, even though they are now adults. In addition to being an “adoptive mom” to quite a few, she is an “adoptive grandma” to their children. She considers it such a blessing to work with the children. So, when Penny became Children’s Ministry Director in June 2021, she has fit right in to the role. She has said that she views the children she teaches as if they were her own grandchildren. She loves going over the lessons each week. She says that she often learns something new each time she creates a lesson plan. She also loves planning community outreaches for Gentle Shepherd as she loves serving the community. As much as she is blessed by her role as Children’s Ministries Director, the immense responsibility that comes with the role is not lost on her. She realizes the tremendous responsibility she has of leading a new generation to the Lord. She also realizes that God expects much of her in this role, which she takes very seriously.

In addition to working with children, she loves helping others in the community, including struggling families. Having been taught how to cook from her wonderful mother and Cajun great-grandmother; she often uses that gift to bless others with some good New Orleans cooking.

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