Steve Carpenter – Lead Pastor

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Steve Carpenter

Steve has been the pastor of GBC since the summer of 2009. He, and his wife, Kim, have two children, Matt and Courtney.  Steve graduated from the University of Memphis and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  His life verse is Galatians 2:20 which says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  This life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Phil McKibben – Associate Pastor – Worship and Small Groups

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Phil McKibben

Phil has been serving at Gateway since the Summer of 2007.  Phil graduated from the University of Memphis.  He and his wife Melinda have been married since 1983. Their son, Kurt, was born in 1989. Phil revels in mediocrity – he loves following the Ole Miss Rebels and Chicago Cubs. When he’s not singing he’s playing golf & officiating football (sometimes he sings then, too.) “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:14

unspecified-1 Jeff Gautney – Associate Pastor – Missions and Family

Jeff started serving as the Associate Pastor of Missions at GBC on March 1, 2016. He, and his wife, Erin, have three children, Jace, Titus, and Micaiah.  Jeff graduated from the University of Mobile and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.  They spent the last five years serving with the IMB in Leticia, Colombia reaching the indigenous through chronological BIble storying.  Jeff’s life verse is Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God,and know my heart!  Try me and know my anxious thoughts!  And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”

Jason Rodgers – Campus Pastor – Munford Campus

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Jason Rodgers

Jason received his Bachelor’s degree from Union University in Jackson, TN.  He and his wife have their hands full with three boys: Joshua, Caleb, and Jacob.  He was called into the ministry at eighteen.  Jason likes playing guitar, hunting, and wrestling with his boys.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Drew Waits – Discipleship Pastor 

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Drew Waits

Drew was born and raised right here in South Tipton county. He has continued his education at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and plans to finish his degree through Boyce College. He and his wife Beth have been married since 2001 and are raising three children; Caleb, Sydney, and Preston. They all have a deep desire to show the love of Christ to their home town community. “and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” 2 Corinthians 5:15

Konnor Kessler – Student Ministry Director


Konnor was born and raised in Bolivar, TN. He got his Bachelor’s degree at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN before surrendering to the ministry in 2014. Currently, Konnor is studying at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a passion to share the gospel of Christ with others. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Kelley Taylor – Media Director

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Kelley Taylor

Lifelong residents of the mid-south, Kelley and husband Scott have been members of Gateway since their baptism on Labor Day weekend 2001. They have two children, Drew and Abby.  When not using technology, she enjoys painting and reading. “He must increase, I must decrease.” John 3:30

cA4aKEIPQrerBnp1yGHv_IMG_9534-3-2Carla Taylor – Administrative Assistant, Atoka Campus
Kelly May – Financial Administrator
Lisa Christian – Administrative Assistant, Munford Campus