Grady Smith, Pastor – Grady is the new senior pastor for Gateway, having come in November 2016. He is married to Julia and they have three children. Grady graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, with both a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. His degrees were in the field of missions and evangelism with minors in theology and church leadership. In particular, his doctoral research was on how one’s view of providence impacts one’s prayer life. Grady believes in the importance of expositional preaching, the role of community in the local church, the need for living missionally, and the importance of biblical counseling in the church to help believers grow in holiness. Before coming to Gateway, Grady served on the staff of a church in Auburn, Alabama, for 14 years.
C.J. Falcione, Associate Pastor – C.J. was called to be our Associate Pastor on January 8, 2012. He has been a part of our Gateway family since 2007. He served on our Pastoral Leadership Team as an Elder for 2 years before coming on staff. He is a graduate of Auburn-Montgomery with a degree in Marketing. After graduation, the Lord called him to the mission field to serve with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in the early to mid-90’s. In those 5 years, the Lord brought C.J. his precious wife Nikki and placed in them a long-term vision for ministry. They returned to Montgomery in the fall of 1997 and over the years he has worked in the marketplace, was a school principal and the pastor of a 3 year church-plant in Montgomery. C.J. loves anything sports, quality time with family and friends, and any opportunity to laugh. He and Nikki have 3 children.
Drew Burton, Student Ministries Pastor – Drew has been a part of the Gateway staff since January, 2003. He ministers with Junior High and Senior High students and their families. Drew has served in various ministry capacities in Alabama, Georgia and Florida since 1993. He is a graduate of Auburn-Montgomery and has a degree in Business Administration and Finance. In addition to his ministry at Gateway, Drew works with Legacy Advisors, Inc., a “Values Based” financial planning firm. Drew and his wife, Paige, have four children.
Erin Gross, Administrative Assistant – Erin began serving as our Administrative Assistant in September 2015. She assists the Pastoral staff with various duties and handles the day-to-day management of our finances. Erin and her husband, Jason, who is a deacon, have been members since 2006 and have 3 children.
Ethan Widen, Ministry Assistant – Ethan handles our weekly publications, the Gatepost monthly publication, and improving the online presence of Gateway. He has been attending Gateway since 2014 and been a member since 2016. He attends Faulkner University where he is a senior and studies Computer & Information science.
Ashley McCullough, Worship Leader – Ashley has been leading our Praise Team in worship since the summer of 2012. She selects the music each week and rehearses with the Praise Team during the week and on Sunday morning. Ashley is a graduate of Auburn-Montgomery with a degree in Nursing. She is a RN at Baptist Medical South. She has been a member since 2009, and married her husband Craig in January 2015.
Molly Moore, Children’s Ministry Director – Molly oversees all children’s activities from birth to sixth grade. She is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri with a background of special event planning and fundraising. She has been a member of Gateway since 2009. She and her husband Dan have 3 children.