Gayla was born in Gilmer, TX and grew up in Tyler, TX. She graduated from Tyler Jr. College in 1972 and then went to the University of Texas at Austin where she met her husband, Jim. They were married in July of 1974, and moved to Dallas so that Jim could work for the family business. Jim and Gayla have just celebrated 33 years of marriage. They have been blessed with three children and three grandchildren. Jim and Gayla became members of Scofield Church in 1981, where Gayla began volunteering in the office in 1991. In 1993, she joined the Scofield staff full time as the financial assistant and became the office manager in 1998.