AL SCHAAP | Senior Pastor
Al has been serving as Senior Pastor at Gateway for 35 years. He has been married to his lovely wife (Joelene) for 44 years and has two children and six grandchildren. Al provides leadership to the staff, as well as the deacons and elders at Gateway. He enjoys preaching on Sundays and casting vision for the future. In his spare time, you might find Al having coffee with folks, traveling with his wife, or working in his yard.
MARK HUMPHREYS | Executive Pastor
Mark joined the staff at Gateway in the Fall of 2014. He has been married to his wife (Lisa) for 35 years and has three children and six grandchildren. Mark also maintains his real estate license. In his spare time, you would find Mark spending time with his family, or enjoying a round of golf with friends.
SUE SCHANZE | Pastoral Counselor
Sue has been on staff at Gateway for 13 years. She spends most of her time counseling individuals, couples, and families. She takes great joy in helping strengthen and restore relationships. Sue loves Jesus, and loves people. In her free time, you would likely find her spending time with her family, or possibly in line at Starbucks getting a Venti Iced Green Tea :)
KEVIN BORGES | College / Young Adults Pastor
Kevin joined the Gateway staff in the Summer of 2016. He is married to Tammy, who is his greatest cheerleader and wife of 23 years, and together they have three daughters. Kevin loves to help others know the Lord and become faithful followers of Jesus. In his free time you may find him out fly fishing, golfing or even enjoying yard work.
ISAAC PARRA | Student Ministries Pastor
Isaac leads the Middle School and High School ministries at Gateway. He has over 18 years of experience leading students and his personal mission is to love them closer to Jesus. In his spare time you'll find him hanging out with his wife Jen, and their baby boy, Kaleb. He also loves movies, having meals with people and theme parks!
KENDRA SINGER | Kids Ministry (Elementary/Preteen)
Kendra has worked in Christian Education for 25 years. She is married and has 3 amazing children. She believes that everyone should have a role in the spiritual upbringing of children. In her free time, you would likely find Kendra spending time with her family.
ALISA PHILLIPS | Kids Ministry (Infant/Preschool)
Alisa has over 25 years experience working with children and teaching preschool. She is married and has 3 boys. Alisa believes that as a Christian Educator her primary goal is to bring a child to the knowledge of Christ and then help them grow in their trust in Him and His word. In her free time you will find her spending time with her family, most likely at one of her children's sporting events.
JOSEPH BAKER | Worship Pastor
Joseph oversees the Worship & Tech teams at Gateway. He joined the staff in the summer of 2015 after serving at churches in the Bay Area for several years. Joseph has been married to his exquisite wife (Lauri) for 10 years. They have 2 kids (twins) born in 2018.
JIM GRASLEY | Facilities Director
Jim oversees the facilities at Gateway. He takes great care in maintaining and improving the church grounds for it's many uses during any given week. When not working, you would likely find Jim sailing into the sunset with his wife, Monika. We just hope he comes back by Monday morning. :) Jim also enjoys writing haiku, and raising two rambunctious yellow labs.
ALYSA FLORES | Office Manager
Alysa works in our front office during the week. She takes pride in her work, and has enjoyed being on staff at Gateway for 11 years. When not working, you would likely find her spending time with her husband and her son, as well as her huge family.
STEPHANIE DUNN | EduCare Director
Stephanie has been with Gateway for 10 years, and has been a preschool teacher for 12 years. From a young age she has always had a heart for working with children and watching them grow to know Jesus. In her spare time you will find Stephanie camping and spending time with her husband Chad, and their two awesome children.
SHERI SCHAAP | Communications Director
Sheri joined the staff the Summer of 2016. She has a heart for the local church, and wants the message of Jesus to reach Merced through creative and engaging materials. She is married to Joel, and together they have three children. In her free time, she enjoys coffee dates with her hubby, rough housing with her kids and writing music.
CHARLENE ASHLOCK | Administrative Assistant
Charlene joined the Gateway staff in December 2016. 14 years ago she made Gateway her church home. Gateway has her heart and she looks forward to greeting everyone who comes in the front office. She’s engaged to Joe Ward. Together they share 3 awesome children. 2 daughters and one son. In her spare time if any, you will find her spending as much time as she can with her loving family.