Gary Tenpenny - Area Director, Kansas / Kansas City & Leadership Institute Chair, Topeka / Kansas City

Gary Tenpenny

Mobile: 913.219.9064

Gary has more than 25 years of experience in management and nearly 40 years of experience in family wealth advising, estate and business continuity planning and charitable giving strategies.

Gary’s passion is to see senior business leaders become the leader God has designed them to become, while building a business of excellence that glorifies God. Gary grew up in Topeka, Kansas and graduated from Emporia State University School of Business with a B. S. in Business Administration. He also received his Master of Science in Financial Services from The American College. He has nearly 40 years in the financial services industry as a representative, managing partner, and senior financial planner for two major financial service companies—New England Financial and MetLife.

Since 2001, Gary has integrated his work and faith through his involvement with the National Christian Foundation Heartland, Kingdom Advisors and the HalfTime organization as a coach. He volunteers at Emporia State University on both the Foundation Board of Trustees and the School of Business Advisory Board, as well as, mentoring business students.

Gary has been active in his local church since 1987, serving the body in the stewardship areas, discipling and mentoring men, and helping lead a Family Matters Sunday school small group. He helps serve at the local rescue mission serving meals and regularly supports his local church, community and various other ministries.

Gary has been married to his bride, Trudy for nearly 40 years and they have three adult daughters, Christa, Amy, and Kara.

Gary truly began following Christ in 1995 after reading Bob Buford's book: Halftime.

“My income was higher than it had ever been and I had accomplished all the goals I had set twenty years earlier.  But for some reason, I was discontent and unhappy.”

Reading Bob’s book started Gary on an incredible journey.  It was filled with “head” issues such as selling the equity in his firm and re-locating to Kansas City but also “heart” issues.  God showed Gary that in order for him to move from success to significance, he first needed to surrender.

This surrender led to many new things for Gary, one of which was coaching with Halftime.  His mission is clear:  empower high impact leaders with wisdom for life, helping them discover, develop and deploy their unique gifts for kingdom purposes.

Eternal Focus, eternal rewards

At this stage of my life, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to come alongside senior business leaders and grow together as God designed us to, while becoming men of spiritual maturity as we impact others for Christ in the marketplace.


Monte Cutshall

VP of Branding, Distribution & Product Development at SS Design Concepts, LLC

I met Gary at an Every Man a Warrior retreat and it's been a true joy getting to know this humble man after God's own heart. Every time we meet, I leave feeling refreshed and thankful for the biblical wisdom that Gary shares. I strongly recommend anyone serious in the search for significance - in their professional or family life - to reach out to Gary.


Gene Baldwin

Experienced Business Leader

I first met Gary as a part of my journey through the Halftime process. He was highly recommended by a mutual friend so we had something in common right away and by his character he was easy to get to know – as he is open, honest and genuine. During our coaching sessions, we were able to openly discuss issues in our lives and gain much encouragement from one another and I found them very helpful. If you’re considering hiring a coach – Gary is very approachable, helpful and encouraging and I’d highly recommend him.

Brian Clark

Horizon International staff

Gary has been through so much in life – in business and family – that he was able to speak right into my life through his experience and humility. Admittedly, being in the non-profit world, I was apprehensive, but together we were able to identify, work through and chip away at the areas in my life that needed work and it was well worth it!! He listens well and was considerate of my time, keeping our conversations on task with my best interests in mind always – but above all, he genuinely cared about me and has proven to be a wise advocate in my corner and I know he will be for you too!!


Kent Broddle

Software Engineer at Garmin International

Having Gary as my Life Coach proved to be extremely valuable and if you are considering hiring a Coach – I can attest that Gary will commit wholeheartedly to helping you develop as a leader and a servant. In my experience, I found that we don’t always see our own weaknesses or biases… and sometimes – we don’t even recognize our own passions, strengths, desires or purpose. Having Gary walk alongside me, he was able to provide a unique insight that presented personal challenges that brought about a change that I couldn’t have reached without him. He was especially open, honest and insightful. I enjoyed our time together and I greatly benefited from hearing his personal story and observing his godly character. He has a great balance in his coaching style between encouragement and challenge – and as I’m trying to obey and follow God’s leading in my life, Gary has offered tremendous help and has become a trusted friend!


Scott Strahm

owner at trinity property group owner of BLI Rentals owner of REV LLC

If you’re looking for accountability – you’ve met your match. Gary provided just what I needed to move me out of my comfort zone into where I needed to be. He made it clear that he genuinely cared about me and my walk with God and having that kind of reassurance was just enough to motivate me to move… even when I didn’t want to. He is kind, caring and is highly qualified to be a coach – even for a little guy like me.


Wayne L. McDaniel

Personal, Philanthropic and Financial Coach

I have known Gary for several years, though our paths only crossed occasionally. After struggling to get direction for the second half of my life, I decided, after a few conversations with Gary, that I needed to hire a Half Time Coach. Gary was wonderful to work with. He is a very positive and caring person. He remembered (or made very good notes of) prior conversations, kept me on track and helped me make some decisions that shifted the direction I was going. If you feel like you are in half time and need some help getting to the right spot, I strongly recommend Gary.