Our Staff

We believe that God has called each of our staff members to a position of leadership in our church not just to lead but to love. Our staff would love to get to know you and your family, but first here is a little about the wonderful staff at Gateway. 


Senior Pastor

Rev. Jon Kent

Pastor Jon Kent, his wife, Krista, and their two daughters Merci and Karis ventured from Tennessee to serve as our Senior Pastor on January 21, 2018.  Pastor Jon's heart is to see people accept Christ as their Lord and follow Him with their lives in faithful discipleship.

Pastor Jon is a graduate of Liberty University and Andersonville Seminary with a Bachelors Degree in Theology and a Masters of Divinity Degree. He served as the Senior Pastor of Irving College Baptist Church in McMinnville, Tennessee for nearly seven years before coming to Gateway. Prior to that Jon served as a Youth Pastor for nearly twelve years prior.  

Pastor Kent has a heart for seeing people come to faith in Jesus Christ and to grow in the relationship with Him. He enjoys cars, woodworking and playing his guitars. Most of all, Jon loves and cherishes spending time with his family.

To contact Pastor Jon, you may call the church office at 386-755-4447 or send him an email by clicking here.


Youth Pastor 

 Pastor Drew Denning

Pastor Drew Denning came out of the hills of Tennessee, feeling a call to Lake City, Florida. He was called to Lake City to serve as the Youth Pastor on June 20, 2018. Pastor Drew brought a vibrant excitement to share the Gospel to the students of local area. He is ecstatic to watch students grow in their faith and hold the opportunity to witness to the families of the students.

Pastor Drew is a graduate of Union University, where he completed his bachelor's degree in Christian Studies and Theological Thought. He is currently enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological, where he is pursuing a Master's in Theological Studies. Drew has served in youth ministry for the past five years. 

When Pastor Drew is away from the office, you can find him at the local movie theater or at the local bookstore, face buried in a book of some type. He enjoys videography, writing, and he aspires to improve his graphic design skills. Overall, Drew enjoys spending time fellowshipping with his family and friends; especially his fiancé, who he will be wedded to later in 2018.

To contact Pastor Drew, you can call at the link in Pastor Jon's bio or you can email him here.


Administrative Assistant

Karen FairKaren Fair

Karen was born and raised in Oak Park, IL (on the outskirts of Chicago). She lived most of her life in the
Chicago area and has a diverse career within several different industries. In all of jobs she always had a
hand in “running the office ”. She worked for an international company and moved to Amsterdam to set
up their European office. She worked for a toy distributor during a company merger and managed 25
customer service reps and sales coordinators.
Karen, along with her husband Stephen, moved to Lake City in June 2017. Stephen is also a pastor at
another Lake City church. They enjoy the “country life” and “small town” feel and with God’s blessings
hope to live the rest of their lives here.
Since November 2017 she has been volunteering at the Christian Service Center. Karen thoroughly
enjoys helping people in need at this wonderful Christian organization.