meet the Team

Tom Lane

Apostolic Senior Pastor

I have been married to Jan since 1972. We have 4 married children and 15 grandchildren.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given: “Do not make a quick assessment, things are not always as they appear.”

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d grow up to be: a professional baseball player.

Marcus Brecheen

Executive Pastor of Church Network

I’ve been married to Lexa since 1992. We have 5 children and a dog.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given: “Your greatest influence comes from who you are on the inside, not what you do.”

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d grow up to be: a cowboy or a preacher.

 

Gayland Lawshe

Church Network Pastor

I have been married to Susan since 1970. We have 2 married sons and 6 grandchildren.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: “Never give up.”

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d grow up to be: king of the world.

Mark Jobe

Church Network Pastor

I’ve been married to Sandy since March 1980. We have three married children and five grandchildren.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: “If you listen twice as much as you talk you will have double the wisdom when you do have something to say!”

David Vestal

Church Network Pastor

I have been married to Dana since 1986. We have 3 grown children, a son-in-law, and a daughter-in-law.

Best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: “Time will tell.”

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d grow up to be: a singer.

EDDIE FREEMAN

Church Network Pastor

I’ve been married to Jessica since 1995. We have three children and two grandchildren.

Best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: “Marriage is not 50/50, it’s 100%. Give all the time. If we truly believe in the laws of ‘sowing & reaping’ if I sow 100% then I will reap 100% (even when I don’t deserve it).”

Olen Griffing

Pastor in Residence

I’ve been married to Sybil since 1958. We have 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: “Quitting is not an option.”

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d grow up to be: a medical doctor.

Tommy Briggs Sr.

Church Network Care Pastor

I am widowed with 8 grandchildren; all are married except two grandsons.  One great grandchild expected in December 2020.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: “Make your relationship with God as Father your 1st priority.”

Marilyn Wedige

Executive Assistant to Tom Lane

I have been married to Mike since 1985. We have 3 grown children, a son-in-law and daughter-in-law.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: “Happy wife, happy life.” I tell my husband that all the time!

 

Dana Stone

Executive Assistant to Marcus Brecheen

I’ve been married to Todd since 1984. We have 4 children, 2 daughters-in-law, 6 grandchildren, and a German Shepherd who thinks he is human.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: “Who you are when no one is looking, is who you will be when everyone is.”

Kathy Hise

Church Network Coordinator

I have been married to Cary since 1986. We have two 2 fur babies, KJ and Jaxi.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: “To know and not do is not to know.”

Jennifer Stracener

Church Network Coordinator

I’ve been married to Jay since 1996. 4 children, a son-in-law and daughter-in-law.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: “Always forgive.”

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d grow up to be: a mommy.

OUR MISSION

_________

“To help churches govern themselves in a healthy way by providing relational connection, leadership development, organizational and ministry consulting, and advanced training for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.”

Church Network Beliefs

Gateway Church Network Beliefs
  • We affirm the autonomy of each local church for ministry vision, governance, and oversight.
  • We affirm the New Testament model of apostolic and prophetic ministry for the support and work of the local church.
  • We will work to support and develop apostolic covering and prophetic expression within each Network church.
  • We affirm that the relationship with each church is established through the senior pastor.
  • If we have connection with the congregation, it will be because the senior pastor has opened the door for the relationship by introducing us.
  • If we have connection with the staff and elders, it will be because the senior pastor opens the door for the relationship by using our services to grow his staff and organization.

Events

Learning Communities

Learning Communities are gatherings for lead teams to collaborate on strategic initiatives in order to prioritize work around appropriate systems and timelines. These communities are great places for teams to share best practices so that we all can improve our service to God and to His people.

Roundtables

Roundtables are events where each participant is provided an opportunity to share their greatest challenge in ministry. A gathering of peers offer their experiences, insights, and perspectives so that solutions are more easily seen and understood.

Relational Ministry Trips

Relational Ministry Trips provide an opportunity to spend quality time with peers in relaxed settings. These events are open to all Church Network senior pastors and are away from the normal settings of the office and church work.

Israel Trip

Our team-led Israel trip is a unique experience that combines educational, site-seeing, and intercessory opportunities for senior pastors and their wife. The purpose of this trip is to train and equip pastors and leaders to demonstrate a biblical, sincere love for Israel and for Jewish people.

Gateway Conference

Gateway Conference is a 3-day event that provides a time of powerful worship and ministry where pastors can receive and hear God, be refreshed, and network with other attendees and Gateway staff.

Annual Church Network Brunch

The Church Network Brunch is an exclusive event for our Church Network churches and follows Gateway Conference. The brunch is held at unique venues and is a time of fellowship, ministry, fun, and connection.

© 2020 Gateway Church. All rights reserved
© 2020 Gateway Church. All rights reserved