My name is Eli Gardner and my wife is Samantha. We moved to Mannford in February of 2018 and fell in love with both the community and the church. I'm originally from Mississippi and am a big fan of Mississippi State athletics. I served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1999-2005 where I took part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. I love reading, spending time with my family, watching football and basketball, and being outdoors. My wife is from Oklahoma and is a big OU fan. We have two sons, Bennett and Gracen.