The Reverend Gary B. Manning has served as the Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin since July, 2004. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Manning completed his B.A. degree in theology at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1981. After a career in insurance sales, and years as an active participant in several congregations, in 1993, he joined the staff of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church as the parish administrator. Following a period of discernment, Manning attended the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia from 1999 through 2002, and received his M.Div. (cum laude) from that institution. He then served as Associate to the Rector of Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia from 2002 – 2004.
Throughout his ordained ministry, Manning has served on a variety of church-related Boards, Committees and Commissions, including: two terms on the Executive Council of the Diocese of Milwaukee, one term on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Milwaukee, and one term as a Director for St. John’s on the Lake in Milwaukee, WI. For nine years, Manning served as a Director for Bexley-Seabury Seminary (2013-2022). Presently, Manning serves on the Board of the Trustees for Funds and Endowments in the Diocese of Milwaukee.
Manning has been married to Tabitha for thirty-four years. Together they have one son, Matthew. Manning also has an older son, Briton and a new grandson, Hunter, who both live in Texas. An avid reader for his entire life, Manning caught the “fitness bug” in 2016. He enjoys long rides on his bike, and has now ridden the RAGBRAI (bike ride across Iowa) three times. A few years back, he completed a personal goal of running twelve half marathons in the twelve months immediately prior to his sixtieth birthday.
During his sabbatical of 2019, Manning had the opportunity to walk the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago over the course of thirty-three days. The experience was both life-giving and life-changing. The lessons learned along the Way are lessons that are immediately transferable to life in the (so-called) “real world,” and the pilgrim’s journey continues as Manning brings his energy and experience to the work of the Friends of the Anglican Pilgrim Centre Board.