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Rev. Gary Hua

Pastor Emeritus


Reverend Hua was born and raised in Beijing, China. He originally pursued a career in IT before answering a higher calling into ministry. In 1987, he ventured to the United States as a graduate student at the University of Iowa, eventually earning his PhD in computer science in 1992. During this time, he encountered a tragic campus shooting in 1991 and witnessed the profound love of Christ from the family of a victim, an experience that led him to embrace Jesus Christ.


After more than a decade working in the computer industry, Reverend Hua actively engaged in various ministries at CCMC, the mother church of LWEC. His divine calling into full-time ministry led him to serve at CCLife before pursuing theological education at Moody Bible Institute, where he earned his Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree. From 2007 to 2012, he passionately served as the Chinese pastor of LWEC. Since January 2013, he has dedicated himself to the Overseas Campus Ministries mission organization as its executive director.


In addition to his extensive ministry work, Reverend Hua and his beloved wife, Dr. Linda Gao, have been married since 1982. They are blessed with a son, Leo Hua, who is married to Cindy Yu, and they share the joy of being grandparents to Aria Hua. In his leisure time, Reverend Hua finds fulfillment in playing the violin and engaging in friendly table tennis matches.


As of September 2023, Reverend Hua has assumed the distinguished position of Pastor Emeritus at Living Water Evangelical Church, where he continues to provide invaluable guidance, wisdom, and unwavering support to the congregation, building upon his lifelong commitment to the church community.

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