LEADERSHIP

Mark Pritchard

Senior Pastor/Elder

I grew up as a pastor’s kid in a suburb of Chicago. Through the faithfulness of my parents and the church I came to faith when I was a young boy. It was the quintessential picture: me kneeling next to my bed alongside my father praying to receive Christ. My faith grew over the years and truly became a practice in my own life in Junior High after attending a youth conference called “Aquire the Fire.” That conference sparked a passion to study God’s Word and serve God’s people. I attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and shortly after graduating moved to China. I spent two years in China teaching English and planting churches on university campuses. Shortly after that, I attended and graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary. During my years in China I met my wife, Vanessa with whom we have four kids, Eli, Penelope, Zoe, & Nicholas. Vanessa and I started at Church at the Gates in October of 2016.

Jeremy Dierking

Elder

My family is from Wisconsin and I grew up in a Christian home with a younger brother and sister. We moved to the Missoula area when I was 12 and my mom started teaching at Valley Christian School, where I graduated high school. I was saved at a young age but my faith started growing during high school through the discipleship of my parents and the teaching staff at VCS. I met my wife, Kim, at VCS and we started dating our senior year. After high school, I attended Montana Tech and graduated with a BS in Geological Engineering. Kim and I
were married in 2000, before my 3rd year of college. About 18 months later, God was blessed us with a baby girl, Mackenzie, now 15. In our twenties, like many young adults, we were immature and unsure of ourselves, coasting through life and our faith. But God is so gracious, patient, loving, and faithful. He continued to pursue us and brought various trials and challenges into our lives to draw us close to Him and grow our faith. As we sought to walk closer with Him and His church, He led us to Church at the Gates in 2012.
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Duane Gevock

Elder

I was raised in a Catholic home.  Early on the Lord impressed upon me a desire to serve Him.  But is wasn’t until after college that the Lord really confronted me with the need to repent from my sin and to put my trust in Him to save me.   No longer did I just want to be saved from the consequences of my sin,  but I wanted to be saved from my sin and have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  A couple of years later I married my lovely wife Connie.  Over the years we were blessed with 4 wonderful children,  Tanya, Joni, Brad, Kari.   We are so thankful for God’s merciful grace early in our lives so that we were able to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  God has continued to bless us with 11 precious grandchildren, and the opportunity to impact their lives for Christ.  God gave me a heart to study the Scriptures, which I have enjoyed for many years.  Connie and I have been blessed to be  married for 35 years.  We enjoy spending time together so much.  We have been attending Church at the Gates  since 2013.

Dick Wear

Elder

Born and raised in a small suburb of New York city I attended Saint James The Less with dad, mom, three sisters and a brother.  I was involved with the youth group, acted in plays, and did what ever the church had for me, but did not have a real relationship with the Lord.  Then 22 years ago God got my attention and I have been pursuing Him ever since. I know God has blessed me with His grace and I am thankful for my beautiful wife Shelly and our son Evan. I am also grateful for Gods hand in leading me to this church.

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Jordan Johnston

Worship Pastor/Elder

I was born into in a christian home in Gainesville, FL.  In our local church I heard many sermons and Sunday School lessons.  When I was six, God starting putting all those lessons together and revealed that I really was a sinner in need of God’s mercy and the cross of Christ.  In my junior year of college God started to call me closer to himself and put a christian mentor in my life.  God has used a couple key christian mentors in my life and I hope and pray to be used in the same way if God sees fit!  I am so blessed to have an amazing wife, Jenny, and wonderful children, Lydia & Silas.  Jenny and I became a part of Church at the Gates in 2009.  Jordan’s email is

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Adam Painter

Director of Adult Ministry

I grew up in a western suburb near Minneapolis, MN and was raised in the Catholic Church.  After wandering aimlessly through my early 20s, God drew me back to Himself in 2007.  I publicly declared my love for Christ through baptism in 2009 at a mega-church in Rockford, IL.  After spending a decade of my professional career in the television industry, God slowly loosened my grip on the drive for fame.  Having been forgiven much (Luke 7:47), and now in full-time ministry with a degree in meteorology, it is further proof that God uses the “average-sinful Joe” to build His kingdom so that He can take all the credit and get all the glory!  Adam’s email is

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Mark Resch

Pastor of Student Ministry

I grew up in a Christian home here in Missoula. My parents were on staff with Cru and I was blessed to grow up in a home committed to church and ministry. I remember at a young age praying and asking God to save me. It wasn’t until middle school that I really began to understand what it meant for me to own my decision to follow Christ. Throughout middle school and high school God brought several Christian mentors along who invested their time and energy into me as a young man. It was through this process that I felt God leading me into ministry. I graduated the Moody Bible Institute in 2014 and am currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling from Southern Seminary. My passion is to share God’s goodness in Jesus Christ to the next generation because of how powerfully God used that in my life. I became a part of Church at the Gates in 2013.  Mark’s email is

Jeanne Parker

Director of Kid’s Ministry

I was born in Butte and raised in Missoula and Polson, staying in Montana until graduating from Montana State University in Chemical Engineering. During my childhood I learned about God and Jesus at Sunday School but my eyes and heart were not opened to a personal relationship with Jesus until I was 23 in Laramie, Wyoming. This is where I met my wonderful husband Steve who brought me to First Christian Church in Laramie and we started our now 30 year marriage with God as our guide. Since that time God has opened many doors for us all across the country. Starting in Wyoming, we then lived in Ft. Collins, Colorado where God blessed us with two sons, Remington and Jordan. After 4 years in Colorado, job opportunities moved us to Reno, Nevada for 10 years. Here, my walk with Jesus was so enriched by attending MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) with amazing christian women coming along side of me. Next came 3 years in Greenwood, South Carolina followed by Waxahachie, Texas for 9 years. Finally, after 30 years exploring the country, Montana called us home. We are blessed to be back in the mountains where we love to fish, hunt, bicyle, hike and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. Steve and I started attending Church at the Gates as soon as we arrived in March of 2015 with a heart to teach God’s love to the next generation.  Jeanne’s email is

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Katrina Whitney

Ministry Assistant

I grew up in Northern California, next to the Oregon border. I attended church occasionally with our neighbors who were kind enough to take me with them.  For me, it was sporadic attendance even into youth group years. My world was turned upside down through circumstances and I can clearly see God’s kindness in giving me two lights in the darkness then: the family that took me to church and an older couple that reflected Christs’ love in amazing ways. Despite this, by high school, I was a self professed proud atheist. But in God’s mercy, He continued to pursue me. In 1999, I came to Montana to the University and I met Sam, a hot senior in forestry. The next year my world flipped again with my Dad unexpectedly passing. It took awhile, but I finally hit my knees in surrender and repentance to Jesus and immediately began devouring scripture. Currently I am a Mom of four (ranging in age from 5 to 16 years old) and have been married to Samurai for 17 years. I have worked in kids ministry for 19 years and home schooled for 9. I am incredibly grateful for God’s kindness, mercy, patience, and faithfulness in my life. I am reminded daily how much I need my Savior and am continually floored by His Majesty. I absolutely love scripture and look forward to being a life long student of His Word, as well as serving my church family. We started attending CATG in 2016.