Staff

Say hello to a few of our amazing Gate Leaders!

Meet The Leadership

Say hello to some of the leadership team of The Gate. Got questions? Contact us by clicking here.

J & Vicki Calaway - Lead Pastor

Dr. J & Vicki came to The Gate over 32 years ago. In 2020 God called them to begin a new pioneering journey of starting an apostolic network of house churches that gather at campuses and in homes across the Chicagoland region and beyond. They have a call to lead the local church into a new era of revival and reformation to see a great end times harvest. As well as overseeing our Gate Leadership College they also lead a house church in their home. Vicki is a coach for our network of House Churches and oversees our womens ministry. 

Scott & Debbie - Outreach Pastor & Associate Pastor

Scott & Debbie have been on the team for over 20 years. Scott is the executive director over InnerMission Inc, our non-profit organization, taking people from surviving to thriving. Debbie helps oversee Gate Hubs and Rapid Rehousing— a partnership with the city leading families out of homelessness. They have three children (and several spiritual sons and daughters) and they have a huge heart for the entire NWI Chicagoland region and a call and passion to pastor people from the crowd to the core of the Kingdom of Jesus.

Bev Calaway - Administrator

Bev Calaway is a beloved member of the administrative team (and momma to J) doing many things to assist the Lead Pastor and help everything run smoothly behind the scenes in the daily operations of The Gate Church. She is usually the first face you see and the first voice you hear, and a blessing to everyone who knows her. She is constantly on the move, keeping us all on our toes around here and serves in many different ministries here at The Gate.

Judi Hyvarinen - Financial Administrator

Judi has called The Gate home for many years now and what a gift she is to our church. She helps connect with our online guests on Sunday, handles all of our giving, as well as managing all the finances between The Gate Church and our non profit organization Inner Mission. She is constantly working behind the scenes with integrity to ensure all our financial practices are held to the highest biblical standards. She also helps tutor students and is a very valued member of our team.

Frank & Virginia Garcia - Spanish Pastors

Frank & Virginia joined the leadership team several years ago and have reached the latin community every week since! They are non stop in their ideas for outreach and love for people! They are also gathering in homes and reaching the hispanic community in the Chicagoland region and even to other nations, via online streaming.

Mark & Abbie Kish - Gary Campus Pastors

Mark and Abbie returned to the Gate in 2017 after serving at a church for nine years. In 2021, they joined The Gate staff as Gary Campus Pastors. Additionally, Mark is involved with the youth, and Abbie serves on the worship team. Both have a heart to see people grow in their faith in Christ. They got married in 1999 and have three children: Isaiah, Sarah, and Rebekah.

Jonathon & Tori Shawver - Worship Leader/Creative Director

Victoria grew up at The Gate. As a family, her and her husband Jonathon have been attending since 2017. Jonathon served in the military and has been leading worship at The Gate since 2018. They have a heart to lead people into a complete surrender to God through worship. They know that God can use anyone and they are thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to lead and be a part of an incredible team. Victoria also serves as our Creative Director adding beauty and structure to many areas behind the scenes. They have three beautiful daughters and one amazing son.

Ro Lopez - Grounds and Facilities

To know Ro is to love him. Ro loves cars and loves to tease and joke around and keep us all on our toes but he really has a heart of gold and is one of the most generous people you will ever meet. (Shh. Don't tell him we said that.) He has been attending The Gate for many years and is a vital part of our church family. Keeping all of our grounds and facilities looking clean and welcoming throughout the week. As well as making sure our services and facilities are secure and safe for all our guests and staff. We appreciate his servants heart and everything he adds to our team.

Eric & Rhea Falig - Social Media Director/Hub Coach/Property Managers

Eric and Rhea moved to the Chicagoland region in 2019 and joined our team in 2020. They have a heart set on Christ and seeing The Church equipped and aligned to His heart. They manage all of our Keystone Community properties and Rhea is a coach for our network of House Churches as well as our Social Media Director. They are both an active part of our worship team, serve in different ministries, and lead church in their home with their three sons Josiah, David, and Judah. They are a creative family with a passion to see revival around tables and Jesus build a Church that is attractive to Himself.