LEADERSHIP

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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 three kids, Eli, Penelope, and Zoe. Vanessa and I started at Church at the Gates in October of 2016.

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Wayne Spencer

Elder

Growing up in a loving home, but one where we were not church goers, I led a rough and non-Christian lifestyle. That lasted until I, along with my wife Nancy, finally came to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior in 1975, early in my military career. Since then I have had many Godly men for examples to learn from in my 30 years of travel in the USMC. Nancy and I raised three great kids that are walking with the Lord and unofficially “adopted” many more along the way. One son is married and they are CATG sponsored missionaries in Europe working with Youth for Christ. We were always involved in church activities, were lay leaders in numerous home and church studies, and at times, I served as an elder or administrator, occasionally filling in for the pastor. God has made many changes in my life and thankfully is continuing His work in me. Nancy and I have attended Church at the Gates since December 2011.
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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.

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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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 to have a wonderful daughter, Lydia.  Jenny and I became a part of Church at the Gates in 2009.  Jordan’s email is
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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

kids@churchatthegates.org

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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

Shelly Wear

Ministry Assistant

I grew up in an alcoholic, non-believing family & came to know the Lord through my marriage almost ending in divorce. I am so incredibly grateful for God’s love, mercy and grace and that He rescued me from myself. I am a recovering control freak and God is helping me to not focus on my task list & personal agenda and He has given me a heart for serving my husband and others. Most of my career was in the non-profit, conservation world helping save elk and Grizzly bears and now I feel extremely blessed to be serving others in ministry at CATG.  My family includes my handsome husband, Dick, amazing son, Evan, who is attending Moody Bible Institute, and a needy Brittany Spaniel named Rudy. Our family has been attending CATG since 2013. Email: cg@churchatthegates.org.