David and Gretchen Willard
Pastors David and Gretchen founded the Gate Church six years ago in Marana, Arizona. Before church planting, David was the Business Director for the Assemblies of God in Arizona, helping pastors and churches around the state with their business needs. David also had a successful business career that took his family around the United States before being called into full time ministry. Gretchen homeschooled the four Willard children through high school and is an integral part of the Gate leadership team. She leads women’s ministry and enjoys teaching the Word of God behind the pulpit or in small groups. David and Gretchen have been married for 27 years and have four children that participate in church: Georgia, Savannah, Oran and Truman.
Associate and Youth/Young Adults Pastor
Pastor Jesse Morrison and his wife Savannah are involved with ministry together at The Gate. Jesse has a passion for reaching younger generations with the gospel and is a strong minister of God’s truth. Jesse currently is a coordinator for special needs youth in the Vail School District and is working on a Masters degree in leadership.
From a young age, Pastor Savannah had a talent and passion for music. She earned a vocal degree from Pima College and her music degree from Evangel University and Liberty University. Savannah leads worship at The Gate and is also the youth pastor with her husband Jesse Morrison. She also works as a music teacher in the Marana School District.
Gabe and Maria Lobato
Marriage and Family Pastors
Pastors Gabe and Maria Lobato are Marriage and Family Pastors serving on our staff since 2017. Additionally, Maria serves as our Kids Pastor. Both are credentialed ministers through the Assemblies of God. Gabe has been a business owner since 2005 while Maria has been providing homeschooling to their two teenaged daughters since 2013. As a couple, they provide pastoral counseling for marriages and families seeking to improve their relationship as spouses and as parents. Gabe is currently pursuing a Masters degree to become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor because of his passion to help people become all that God desires them to be.
Garrett and Georgia Morrison
Discipleship and Group Pastors
Pastors Garrett and Georgia Morrison have a heart for building relationships with people and helping them come to a deeper understanding of Scripture to realize their identity in Christ. Along with being the discipleship and group pastors, the Morrison’s are involved with the tech at The Gate. Garrett graduated from the U of A with a degree in Biosystems Engineering and Georgia graduated with her masters in International Community Development. She is also the director of Springboard Home, a Teen Challenge program for teenage girls. For fun, Garrett and Georgia love to travel, play games, read, watch Netflix, and relax with their cats.
Dale and Sue Whitmore
Senior Adults Pastors
Pastors Dale and Sue have enjoyed a long career in ministry as church leaders. Both are ordained ministers with the Assemblies of God. Dale and Sue committed 30+ years with Dale as a helicopter pilot for the US Army. They have been active as US Missionaries with RV Maps around the United States. Additionally, Dale and Sue were World Missionaries in the Middle East and Asia.