Pastors and Elders

Rod Phillips200x200Rod Phillips 

 

Rod Phillips is an elder and Gateway's Teaching Pastor since 2011.  His ministry at Gateway has centered on expository preaching and teaching of the Word of God.  All ministries flow out of his commitment to Scripture.  Rod currently serves Gateway through Biblical counseling, Missions, Cornerstone, in addition to leading a Home Group on Sunday evenings. 

 

Ed Bassard-200x200Ed Bassard

 

Ed has been at Gateway since our church began in 2011.  He has been an elder since 2013.  He leads a Home Group on Friday evenings and serves as the Coordinator of our Biblical Counseling department.  Ed is a site assistant for Connecting Waters East Bay. He earned a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s University and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Chaplaincy from Grace School of Theology.

 

Albert Castaneda 200x200Albert Castaneda

 

Albert has been at Gateway since our church began in 2011.  He has been an elder since 2013. He has developed and maintains oversight of Children's and Student Ministries, leads a Home Groupand participates on the Local and Global Missions Council.  Albert works at Redwood Christian Schools as an Administrator.

 

 Passport 200x200Alex Vakulin

 

Alex has been at Gateway since 2014 and was recently commissioned as an elder in 2022. He leads the Youth Fellowship on Sundays and serves as Administrator of our Gateway Bible Church. He earned a Certificate from a Bible Institute in Ukraine, Financial Success for Non-Profit from Cornell University, and is presently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management from The Master's University.

 

  Denis Gerasimov 200Denis Gerasimov

 

Denis is an Associate Pastor at Gateway. He grew up in the Bay Area and attended all Hayward schools including CalState East Bay where he graduated with B.S. in Marketing and Finance. He completed seminary at The Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary in 2017 with a Master of Divinity. Denis has been in full-time ministry for the past seven years, including five years as pastor-teacher before joining Gateway in 2022.