ABOUT THE GATE
As Lead Pastors of theGATE Steve & Nancy Fry’s life message aspires to awaken in people a passion for God and summon the church to align to the kingdom. As a pastor, author, composer and recording artist, Steve blends worship and Scriptural teaching in a way that is relevant and revelatory. His wife, Nancy, serves faithfully along side her husband.
Steve received his Masters degree in Theology from the Wesley Institute, a member college of the Sydney College of Divinity. He is also the President of Messenger Fellowship, a network of leaders and churches committed to "Reformation in the Church and Transformation in the Nations".
Known widely for penning such songs as Oh I Want to Know You More and Oh The Glory of Your Presence, Steve has traveled the globe speaking at churches and conferences, leading mission teams, and touring with his musicals We Are Called, Thy Kingdom Come, and Storyteller. He is the author of a number of books including the popular I AM: The Unveiling of God and True Freedom: What Christian Submission and Authority Look Like.
Steve and Nancy live in Brentwood, TN. They have three grown children and one grandchild. Cameron & Lyssah Fry with son Caeden, Kelsey and Josh Wilking, and Caleigh and Wesley Knight.
For more information on Steven Fry Ministries or on how to purchase Steve’s books or music, click here.
For more information on Messenger Fellowship, click here.
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Aaron Weaver serves as Executive Pastor for theGATE. In this role, Aaron helps give oversight to much of the organizational elements theGATE.
Above all, Aaron desires to know Jesus and represent him well, and to be part of a community of people seeking to live the compelling truth of the Gospel.
Originally from New Mexico, Aaron met his wife Rachel in China; they married, and then spent five years together there. They both have a heart for international missions and are particularly interested in supporting indigenous pastors through prayer ministry and training.
The Weavers returned from China to the U.S. in 2002 so that Aaron could attend Regent University, from which he earned a M.Div. in Practical Theology and a M.A. in Organizational Leadership. Aaron is ordained with Messenger Fellowship.
Aaron and Rachel have four children: Eleanna, Simeon, Asher and Shiloh.
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Worship Pastor / Next Gen Pastor
Steve Garrett serves as the Worship Pastor and Next Gen Pastor here at theGate. Steve is a worshipper and dynamic, relevant Bible teacher fueled with a passion for encouraging people to fulfill their God-given destiny, and it shines through in his three word mission statement: Create. Equip. Inspire. He is co-founder and Executive Director of Franklin Prayer House, a growing city-wide collaborative prayer movement in suburban Nashville, Tennessee. From 2008 - 2013 he served as lead pastor of New River Fellowship, a church founded by Michael W. Smith.
As a second-generation pastor ordained into ministry nearly 20 years ago, Steve possesses a broad spectrum of specialized ministry experience in creative roles ranging from youth and young adult ministry, to worship arts. He studied theology at University of Valley Forge, and then went on to earn a degree in Political Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Steve furthered his ministerial and leadership training by graduating from the Pastoral Leadership Academy in Nashville. He also holds a certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Steve has travelled extensively in the USA and internationally as a recording artist, speaker, and short-term missionary. He has released three solo projects (most recently 'Reconstruction', along with previous studio records ‘Eavesdropping’ and ‘So Long L.A.’) and has been a featured worship artist and lead vocalist on various projects for Integrity Music, Promise Keepers, Provident, Word Music, Maranatha Music, and Kingsway Music. Steve lives in suburban Nashville with his wife Milissa and their 5 children.
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To visit Steve's website go to: www.stevegarrett.net
Amy Phillips serves as the Connections Pastor for the Gate. Her roles include connecting new members to community and serving within the body. She is also overseeing Small Groups in 2016.
She is a native Tennessean and received her bachelors in religion from Tufts University. She was ordained through Messenger Fellowship into 2014. She has been at the Gate Community Church since 2008 as a member and as the women's director for 3 years. She and her husband are involved in teaching the Freedom Immersion weekends at the Gate. Her heart is to see the gospel transform people, marriages, and relationships. She lives in Franklin with her husband Caleb, and their two children Noah and Hudson.
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As bivocational ministers, Cameron and Lyssah pack over 18 years of ministry experience, and are going on 4 years as youth pastors at theGate. Cameron and Lyssah are unified in their heart to see youth know God, and they are passionate about discipleship and mobilizing the emerging generation to live an uncompartmentalized life of faith!
Cameron, a licensed associate with Messenger Fellowship, holds a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Middle Tennessee State University and has logged 5 years of full-time experience in the accounting industry.
Lyssah, an Honor Acadamy graduate, holds a B.A. in Communications and has worked for Dave Ramsey's Lampo Group for the past 2 years as an administrative assistant to the Senior Director of Digital Developement, B2B.
In addition to these endeavors, Cameron and Lyssah seek to encourage those in the bivocational arena by providing community and resources at www.hisgirlfryday.com.
Thus, as you can imagine, life is full, but all the more reason to expect big things down the road.
For more information about LEGACYouth check out the FaceBook page @ LEGACYouth Ministries.
To contact Cameron or Lyssah, email them at email@example.com
Women's Ministry Director
DeAnne Bruinsma is the director of the Women's Ministry at theGATE. Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, she moved to Franklin, TN in 2012, and loves all things "southern"! She is wife to Todd Bruinsma, her best friend and partner in life, and Mom to 3 children.
In her spare time she serves on her school PTO board, leads a Mom's in Prayer group in her neighborhood, meets with friends for coffee, bakes, gardens, and runs with her puppy! She views her community, school and neighborhood as her mission field, and has also been on a few short mission trips out of the country. Her heart is to disciple the next generation (her children) to love and serve Jesus!
DeAnne and Todd have a passion for Jesus and enjoy having people in their home. They have been involved in church ministry since their youth, where they met, and now married 17 years! DeAnne and Todd have a heart to see people walk in the Freedom that God has designed them to walk in. Their deepest desire is to say YES to Jesus, where ever he leads their family!
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Worship & Communications Admin
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Children's Ministry Admin
Joanna Fowler serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Children’s Ministry Director at theGate. Prior to joining the staff at theGate, she worked for 10 years as an admin in youth ministry. During that time she was also a home school parent and travelled to Africa, Thailand and San Francisco on mission trips. She was born and raised in Virginia and moved to Franklin, TN in 2014 with her husband, Terence. They have two grown sons, one married and living in Franklin and one living in Huntington Beach, CA. Her family’s journey to the Gate is nothing short of a divine connection, and she would love to share the story with you!
The word spoken over her as she and Terence became members was “different, not over,” and Children’s Ministry has definitely been different! Her passion for the next generation continues to grow, and she loves being part of their journey as they encounter Christ and discover their identity and value as a child of God.
Along with next generation ministry, Joanna is a worshipper who is part of the Gate's worship ministry when she is not leading the puppet ministry or hanging out with the awesome kids downstairs. She and Terence also recently led the first on-line small group at the Gate, and they look forward to more connections with the Gate family.
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