Our pastors

Jonathan and Deanna are the Pastors of GateChurch Ministries in Clarkesville Georgia.  Both grew up in Christian homes, where at the ages 16 & 14 they were both radically saved at the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, FL. This was a turning point in their lives and both felt a call into ministry.

God has literally guided every step in their lives. The heart of their message is salvation by faith alone, their passion is for a demonstration of God, and their love is for people who are hurting. As a young voice in the Church, they have a vision for seeing God’s purposes fulfilled in their city and spreading beyond to the nations.

Pastor Jonathan attended F.I.R.E School of Ministry, received an associate in pastoral ministry and earned his B.A. from Beacon University in Columbus, Ga. He is currently working on his Master’s and Doctorate programs.  

Pastor Deanna currently oversees our entire Gate Kids Ministry. 

Associate Pastors

Pastor Seth & Miranda Vandiver have been faithfully serving at the GateChurch since it's conception.  They have vast experience from kids, youth, & adults.  They currently lead our worship teams and assist Pastors Jonathan & Deanna with the vision of the GateChurch.  

Leadership team

Get to know our leadership team

  • Tammy Etheridge


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  • David Lamont

    Assistant Pastor, GrowthGroup Leader, & Host Crew Leader

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  • David & Tasha Cirincione

    Assistant Pastors, GrowthGroup Leaders, & GateKids Ministry

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Our Overseers

The Overseers of the GateChurch are respected locally as well as nationally and provide spiritual protection to the church.  

  • Dr. Buddy & Mary Joel Barron

    Buddy Barron pastored New Covenant Church for 18 years.  He has lead Bible Colleges, & travels extensively.  In 2009, he and his wife pioneered The GateChurch Ministries.  Dr.  Barron is the author of many books and currently oversees the Acts Network in North Georgia.  Dr. Barron received his Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance and has a honorary doctorate in Biblical Studies. 

  • Dr. Ron Cottle

    Dr. Cottle has been the spiritual father over the GateChurch since it began.  He is very instrumental to it's success and a most trusted world leader.   Dr. Cottle has earned a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree from Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Flordia; a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina; and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Religion from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.  He has extensive experience in teaching, pastoring, public speaking, education administration and both radio and television. 

  • Dr. Don Allen

    Dr. Don Allen is the pastor of Warhill Church, CEO of Victory 91.5 (a local radio station) & founder of RLN global.  His influence is felt around the world in pastoring, public speaking, & missions.  Pastor Allen is a leadership coach to the staff of the GateChurch.