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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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ARIANNE TOVES | Connections Coordinator

Arianne is the newest addition to our Gateway Staff coming from the Bay Area in Sept 2019 and proudly making Merced and Gateway her home. Arianne has over 15 years of professional experience working in Counseling, Change Management and Leadership Development. Arianne’s passionate about building Gateway families and supports newcomers, regular attendees and members to find Small Groups, Bible Studies and opportunities for Service. If you’re new to Gateway she’d love to meet with you and help you get connected! In her spare time you’ll find Arianne being mom to her 3 children and spending quality time with her Gateway friends that have become family.

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