William Gary McCraw attended Cannons Elementary School and Cowpens High School, from which he graduated in 1973. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Spartanburg Methodist College in 1975 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Wofford College in 1977. He then went on to earn his Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina in 1996.
He is married to Julie McAlhany McCraw and they have one son, Collins. He has been Director of Music Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church from September 1981 to the present, a span of more than 23 years. Gary enjoys reading, fishing, crossword puzzles and other word games, watching Collins play basketball and tennis, and spending quality time with Julie on the deck.