Gateway is committed to plurality leadership that includes both elders and deacons.  What are deacons?  They are a group of men in the church who are set apart to help meet the physical and material needs of the body.  We believe that Acts 6 shows the first deacons serving to meet the needs that arose in the early church, while 1 Timothy 3 shows it to be a group of men who meet certain qualifications who are then set apart in the church to serve the Lord by serving the church family.

At the bottom of this page you will find a form you can use to contact any of Gateway's deacons.


Alex is married to Patsy. He is a Paramedic serving as an area manager for Excelsior Ambulance Service. He also is the small business owner for Emergency Solutions. He has been at Gateway since 2010 and enjoys serving others in the church family and also through the Pike Road Fire Department.

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Eric married Trish in 2004, and four years later they welcomed their son Matthias. They first started attending Gateway in 2009 after moving to Montgomery. They moved out of state for five years, but returned to Gateway in 2016. Eric serves in Gateway's youth ministry and Helping Our Public Education System (HOPES) ministry. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from St. Edward's University. Eric is President of Upspire Consulting, which provides information technology consulting and project management services. He is an avid ultimate frisbee player and enjoys traveling with his family to experience new cultures and cuisines.

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John is married to Lisa, and they have two daughters, Robin and Sara. John is originally from Elmore County, and has lived in Atlanta and Denver. John and Lisa began attending Gateway in 2017. He received his B.S. in History and Political Science from Troy University and his M.Ed. in Secondary History Education from Auburn University at Montgomery. While in college at Troy, John served three summers as a summer missionary with the North American Mission Board in Idaho and Wyoming. He has also journeyed internationally to Uganda as a missionary. He presently works at Auburn University at Montgomery as the Associate Director of Institutional Effectiveness. John enjoys travel, reading anything related to military history, photography, drumming, college football, and spending time with his family.

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Kyle and his wife Kayla were married in 2013 and have five children: Marget, Weldon, Riggs, Winnie, and one on the way!   They have been part of Gateway since 2011.  Kyle is the owner and operator of Target Lawn Care, which specializes in turf treatments for weed control and fertilization.  He enjoys serving on the praise team, Chicago Cubs baseball, woodworking, and anything outdoors.  Some of his favorite authors include Francis Chan, David Platt, and Paul David Tripp.  He also enjoys listening to podcasts, sermons, and audiobooks while working.

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Mike and his family have attended Gateway since 2018. He and his wife Amy were married in March 2006 and have two sons, Benjamin and Noah. Mike is the communications chief for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in public relations and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Christian ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He loves traveling to new places with his family, listening to all kinds of music, playing drums, and leading hiking and backpacking trips to explore God's creation. He is passionate about helping others grow in their faith in Christ and developing Christian community within the church, especially among men. Some of his favorite books include the Lord of the Rings trilogy, John Muir essay collections, and The Reason for God by Tim Keller.

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Ron and his wife DeRita have been married since 1978.  They have three adult children (Joshua, Jennifer, and Benjamin) who are married, and seven grandchildren.  They have been part of Gateway since 2017.  Ron is a 1981 graduate of Auburn University, and currently works for Caddell Construction as a Senior Estimator and Estimating IT.  In his free time he enjoys fishing, wood carving, bowling, coin collecting, and reading.  Some of his favorite books include The Green Letters by Mile Stanford, My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, and anything by Andrew Murray.

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Shin is married to Alycia and they have three young children. He works as a realtor and property manager.  Shin has been at Gateway since 2010.  He enjoys spending time with family, especially through travel, and serving friends and the community as needs arise.

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