Gale grew up in Elizabethton, TN and went to school at Carson Newman College, now University. After college he went to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and came back to Elizabethton for a few months till he would move on to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. It was during that time that he met and married his wife, Leslie. She is the daughter of Bro. Dan and Alta Lewis, who lived on College Street in Mountain City, TN. Bro. Dan pastored many churches in Johnson and Carter Counties.
Gale and Leslie served as missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in the countries of Albania, Bosnia and Croatia. Still, Gale takes teams annually to Eastern Europe to engage in mission work.
Bro. Gale and Leslie have three sons: Timothy, Aaron, and Asa. Aaron and his wife, Kristen have given Gale and Leslie two granddaughters, Isla and Elle. Gale's parents also at one time lived in Johnson County. His mother, Cora June was from the Doeville area. The Pleasant Grocery Store was started by Gale's grandfather, Garfield Pleasant, who passed away suddenly prior to Gale's mother's birth.
He counts it a tremendous blessing from the Lord to be back home.