Fr. Bob Gamel grew up and attended public school in Exeter, California. He received a BS in psychology from Arizona State University, in 1974. He began studies for the priesthood with the Dominicans and received a BA in philosophy from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California in 1981. He completed studies for a California teaching credential in physical science from California State University, Hayward in 1984. He completed his studies for the priesthood at St. John Seminary, Camarillo, California receiving a M.Div. and MA in Theology in 1990. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fresno in 1990 and is currently a pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church in Ridgecrest, California.