The 50-year-old Philadelphia native and current resident of Catasauqua is a Vietnam era veteran, having enlisted in the U.S. Navy upon graduation from high school in the Darby-Colwyn School District. After active service from 1969-1973 in the U.S. Naval Security Group, he attended East Stroudsburg State College (now East Stroudsburg University) where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1977.
Since then, he has been employed by Mack Trucks Inc./A. B. Volvo Information Technologies and presently is the Research and Development Analyst, Project Manager/Project Leader, supporting the manufacturing areas of Mack Trucks Inc.
He is a member of Porter Lodge No. 284, North Catasauqua, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1987 and a Representative in Grand Lodge in 2000-2001. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 10th Masonic District from 1992 through 1998 and since 1999 has been the District's Blood Donor Co-chairman. He also served the Grand Lodge as a technical advisor in 1996 and 1997 and has been on the Committee of Masonic Education and Training, the Committee on Appeals, and the District Deputy Grand Masters Resource Committee.
In York Rite, he is a member of Catasauqua Royal Arch Chapter No. 278, having served as High Priest in 1988 and presently is a trustee. He is a member of Allen Council, Royal and Select Master Masons No. 23 and of Allen Commandery No. 20, Knights Templar. He is a Knight Companion in Mary Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine. He is also a member of the Lehigh Valley Joshua Society.
In Scottish Rite, he is a member in the Valley of Allentown and is active as a cast member in the degree work.
He is a member of the Catasauqua Presbyterian Church, where he is serving on the Board of Deacons as the Moderator and on the Nominating Committee. He has served on the Business Affairs Committee of the Church. He also is a member of Presbyterian Men of Catasauqua.
Bro. Gardner and his wife, the former Patricia Lulias, have been married for 27 years. She is a teacher at Saint Michael the Archangel School in Colesville and a Sunday School teacher at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Bethlehem. They are the parents of two sons: John Stephen Gardner, 22, a May 2001 graduate of Elizabethtown College; and Peter Stephen Gardner, 19, now at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs. John is a Senior DeMolay from Allentown Chapter and a member of Porter Lodge No. 284. Peter is a member of Allentown Chapter, Order of DeMolay.