Pastors and Elders

Rod Phillips200x200Rod Phillips 


Dr. 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 and he has served as an elder since 2013. Ed directs the Biblical Counseling department and leads marriage and family studies.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s University and a Master's Degree in Chaplaincy from Grace School of Theology. Ed is the site lead at Connecting Waters Charter Schools, East Bay. He and his wife, Lauren, have two adult sons and four grandchildren.


Albert Castaneda 200x200Albert Castaneda


Dr. Albert Castaneda 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-Profits from Cornell University, and earned 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.