Gretchen was born in a military home. She spent her growing up years mostly in Virginia and South Carolina, and lived for two years in the Philippines. She completed a BA in French from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and a MEd from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. In 1995, she and her husband Marshall ‘replanted” Harvest Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC. Gretchen was involved in teaching and counseling ministries there for twenty-one years and became a certified ACBC counselor (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) in February 2017.
In August 2017, the Fants transitioned from the ministry at Harvest and moved to Easley, SC. Currently Marshall is the Director of Church Development under Gospel Fellowship Association. Gretchen assists in the counseling ministry at University Baptist Church in Clemson, SC and is on the board of the Piedmont Women’s Center in Greenville, SC.
The Fants have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.