Gary grew up in Ridley Park, a suburb of Philadelphia. He started in Christian radio when he was only sixteen as a part-time board operator and program producer for WVCH-AM in Philly. He also helped launch its sister station, WSJI-FM, in South Jersey.
Growing in his faith and wanting to learn more about the Bible, Gary decided to attend Word of Life Bible Institute in 1984. There he developed a passion for missionary work. Four years later, he and his wife, Tina, headed overseas to serve with Word of Life Fellowship in Italy. After a couple years on the mission’s field, they came back to the States. In the suburbs of Philly once again, Gary worked as a youth pastor and worship leader for Woodlyn Baptist Church. He served there for several years before finishing his Theology/Camp Administration degree at Appalachian Bible College.
Soon after graduating, Gary got a call from one of his old bosses. He was offered another job with WSJI-FM as station manager. He also served as director of sales at WVCH-AM – the same stations he worked for in his teens. After working in radio for a while, God called the Fizzano’s to Family Life in 2006. (Yes, this is Gary’s second time here!) After five years with Family Life, and still carrying a passion for camp ministry, Gary moved on to take a staff position at Three Springs Ministries – a retreat center in Morris, Pa that facilitates all kinds of retreats and camps for youth and adults.
In 2018, Gary came back to Family Life to be a part of the PR and underwriting team. Now he helps build healthy relationships between Family Life and local churches and businesses in the regions of Central and Eastern Pa.
Gary lives in Morris, PA, with his wife, Tina. They have two grown children, Jessica and David. Gary thoroughly enjoys acting and has been in many Family Life productions in the past. He also loves playing and performing music, horseback riding, hunting, and anything outdoors.