Staff, Elders, and Deacons

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Chess Cavitt - Pulpit Minister

Chess, Megan, and their daughters, joined the Gateway family in July 2013. Chess came to us from Texas where he was born, raised, attended Abilene Christian University for both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and served as a pulpit minister for 5 years. His work at Gateway encompasses teaching classes and Life Groups, preaching, leading others in service projects, outreach, and spiritual nourishment. He is passionate about God and his family and deeply desires to help others fall in love with God. Chess loves to read, learn, and have deeper conversations about God. He also enjoys Formula One racing, playing golf, working on and rebuilding cars, translating and studying dead languages, watching movies, traveling, and many other activities and interests. Contact him at


Jill Clark - Administrator and Bookkeeper

Jill works in our church office doing administrative work, keeping the church's financial books and helping to plan worship. She and her husband, Coy have been part of the Gateway family for over ten years. They have two daughters, Cora and Bevin, who keep them on their toes. Contact Jill at
Marcy Gushee - Administrator
Marcy works in the church office doing administrative work such as bulletins, emails, and upkeep on the website and social media.  She has been a member of churches of christ for over 20 years, and lives here in Queen Creek with her husband and four children.  Marcy enjoys knitting and crocheting, helping others, and long walks on the beach. Contact Marcy at   
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Mark McPeak

Mark is one of our elders and has served in the Lord's church for 42+ years, at Gateway since its inception. Mark enjoys preaching and teaching, and helps with our praise team.
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David Hinkle

David is one our elders and has served as a deacon in every church that he has attended and has served as an Elder for the past five years. David loves to teach, preach & share God's love. 
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Dave Logan

Dave serves as deacon of finances and facilities. He keeps our building running smoothly and also helps coordinate benevolence, planning events, and guiding the direction of Gateway.
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Coy Clark

Coy serves as deacon of youth, technology, and social media.  He runs our audio/visual team for worship and teaches the youth group Bible class on Sunday morning. 
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Mark Atencio

As deacon, Mark helps to plan, lead, and organize many aspects of Gateway including Education, Life Groups, Men's Ministry, and our prayer ministry. 

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