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At theGATE, we believe that worship is not only a vital part of an individuals relationship with God, but is also an essential part of our corporate sense of community. Worship & Arts Ministry at theGATE provides a modern worship experience that is refreshing, non-manipulative and unforced. Our worship leaders are purposeful about keying into the Holy Spirit to provide an fluid worship experience that is both abandoned yet engaging. With a spontaneous prophetic flavor and an unrivaled depth of presence, our worship teams lead the congregation to a place that is both strengthening and adoring.

Worship Ministry at theGATE goes beyond the mere presence of an Arts Community Gathering and requires a high level of regular and ongoing commitment. Service on one of our Worship Teams is open to any musician or vocalist that has completed Starting Gate and exhibits an appropriate level of skill and proficiency, and is willing to commit to a regular schedule of preparation and weekly rehearsal participation. Small Group worship leaders / teams are also included under this ministry’s umbrella.

For more information on the Worship & Arts Ministry at theGATE, please contact Steve Garrett.

theGATE's Worship Leaders:

Steve Garrett - Worship Pastor, worship leader

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 team leader 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 over 18 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 Valley Forge Christian College, 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 projects ‘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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David Baroni

David is a prolific songwriter, recording artist, worship leader and conference speaker who has been in full time music ministry for over 20 years. A Grammy award winning songwriter, David has a passion to know Christ and make him known. He and his wife Rita, an excellent speaker, author and singer in her own right, have traveled extensively in the United States and internationally.

David is known for his work with Integrity Music, LaMar Boschman’s International Worship Institute, and his songs have been recorded by Selah, Don Moen, Ron Kenoly, Debby Boone, Phil Driscoll, Alvin Slaughter, Kent Henry, Morris Chapman and many others. David’s own CD’s are loved for the depth of lyric, fresh musicality, and what can only be described as the touch of God, Who breathes his inspiration through this gifted modern day psalmist.

For more information on David Baroni, click here.

Alex Petrounov

Alex Petrounov is a husband, father, songwriter/producer and Worship Leader. He was born in Bulgaria where his family was part of the underground church under communist rule. His father started Bulgaria’s first rock band, and Alex began integrating poetry, melody, lush harmonies and rhythm into his own music at an early age.

Before becoming a Worship Leader and joining the Worship Community at theGATE, Alex led worship at Christ Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. With a catalog approaching 300 tracks, his record label Disquiet Music brings both instrumentals and vocals in the Pop, Rock, R&B, and Folk genres.

Additionally, Alex has released three pop albums of his own; Something Incredible (2005), Logic and Heartache (2010) and The Songbirds (2010). He has worked and co-written music with numerous great artists, producers and songwriters during his career and his music has been featured extensively on TV, film and radio in the United States, England, Germany, Australia, and the Czech Republic.

Alex currently lives in Franklin, TN with his wife Susannah and their two boys, Simeon and Liam.

For more information on Alex Petrounov, click here.

Tiffany Puckett

Tiffany serves as one of the worship leaders for Sunday morning services and women's events. She began ministering at a very young age, and comes from a family full of musicians, pastors, and missionaries. After graduating from Wheaton College with a degree in Psychology, she traveled with several respected Christian artists as an opening act and background singer.

Tiffany, her husband Jonathan, and their three children, began attending the Gate Community Church in 2009. They love serving in youth ministry, and have lead two Gate missions trips to Mexico.


Ryan and his wife Karen, are California natives who recently moved to Tennessee with their two young children, Ethan and Lily. They are passionate worshipers who desire to see Jesus exalted and a generation fully surrendered to Him. Ryan served as Director of Worship and Internships at the Pasadena International House of Prayer (PIHOP) for over 10 years. He is a singer, songwriter and recording artist.

To find out more about Ryan & Karen Hall's ministry click here.

Upcoming Worship Community Events and Gatherings:

• Worship Community Grill & Chill meets quartely

• Writer Collective meets monthly

• Worship Team auditions - by appointment only

For more information contact Steve Garrett, Worship Pastor:

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