Gil holds a bachelor's degree in history and bachelor's degree in religious studies from Iowa State University at Ames and a master’s degree in theology from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He also has a master's degree in history from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. Gil also enjoys studying the life and times of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Augustine of Hippo.
At Briar Cliff, Gil works in Campus Ministry, is an instructor in theology, and is an assistant track coach, for jumpers. He was a high jumper for Iowa State University's track and field team. He now lives just outside Allen, Neb., with his wife, Shannon, and three children, Jude, Cora and Michael.