Meet Our Staff



Martin & Christine Trench

Senior Leaders

Martin & Christine came to Canada from Scotland at the beginning of 2009, to serve at Gateway. Martin is our Lead Pastor, and is our main Teacher and Visionary. He has a passion to present the scriptures in a clear and life-affirming way, and see people set free from limiting beliefs, and come into an experience of the Abundant Life that God offers through faith in Jesus Christ. Martin has degrees in Pastoral Ministry and Philosophy and is a Doctor of Theology.

Christine is an ideas-person with a passion to find new ways to improve the church in a number of areas, but especially our Scenic Design and strategic planning. She loves books about dreams, visions, and near-death-experiences.


Mykal Lawson

Administration Assitant and Hospitality

Mykal is the office administrative assistant at Gateway and oversees the hospitality ministry.  Recently she moved to Edmonton from Calgary. Although she started regularly attending Gateway in July, she has been connected to Gateway for a number of years and is excited to be part the Gateway team. Mykal loves relationship and connection. She is passionate about her relationship with God and seeing others grow in their relationship with God. To her, meeting and connecting with people is a fun opportunity to see a side of God through them that she hasn’t seen before.When Mykal isn’t serving at the church she spends time with her husband, Chris, and their two kids, Elijah and Sydrah.


Drake De Long-Farmer

Executive Pastor

Drake leads our various teams at Gateway (including our HOUSE PARTIES and our Pastoral Team), working with key staff and interns in ministry development and also oversees Gateway operations.  Discipleship is at the core of his role and ministry teams. If you are looking to plug in or take your next step in your journey, make sure to email Pastor Drake.

Drake is a passionate Frenchman with a love for God and others. He loves to see people of all ages come to reach their full potential in Christ and to never ‘settle’ for less than what God would have for them. He is married to Carmen and has two boys, Davnn and Elijah.


Mitch McDougall

Creative Arts Director

Mitch oversees rentals, music, tech and our creative arts. Mitch has seen his life change through the work of God at Gateway. Attending Gateway for over 10 years, he is excited about being a part of the future of Gateway, and the lives that will be changed through the work of God in the church. Mitch is happily married, loves music, and thinks all time outdoors is time well spent.

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Lauren Reid

GatewayKids Director

Lauren is an energetic and bubbly individual who is passionate about Christ and community. She loves to learn from and invest in the lives of the people around her, and finds inspiration in their unique walks and experiences. Lauren has a heart for little ones and is always excited to see them grow in their walks with God. She has a weakness for crafty creations, loves to read, write and finds deep joy in music and worship. As a key leader in GatewayKids, Lauren joined the Gateway staff in the spring of 2015.

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Lynette Steingard


Lynette is a proud mom to three girls, an enthusiastic Christ follower, and a talented artist. She started coming to Gateway about five years ago and is excited about the work God is doing her own life and within the church community.Lynette helps manage all things finance at Gateway. When she is not serving the church, she is teaching mixed media art classes at a local scrapbooking store.


Darien Chaffart

Student Ministry Program Director

Darien is in charge of our student ministry department. He has a passion for Jesus, a heart is to see people set free and living in their true identity of Christ. Darien is also a gifted communicator and writer, loves anything to do with technology and being creative with photoshop and video editing & has a small addiction to Netflix.

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Spencer Wills

Student Ministry Intern

Spencer is passionate for youth and young adults to see them grow in Christ and to have a bigger understanding of the importance of the gospel. Spencer is also an movie enthusiast and loves talking about pop culture and the newest movies. He has also been married to his wife Kassy for the last 3 years and have been attending Gateway the past two years since they moved to Edmonton. Spencer is currently working towards his degree in theology and youth ministry and is very excited to continue to serve at Gateway this year.

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Alec Ortiz

Creative Arts Intern

Alec is originally from the U.S.A. and first joined the Gateway family through our Youth Program. As he got more plugged in and involved, he found a passion for everything video. Starting out as a volunteer on our Sunday morning video crew, he took on any opportunity to film and learn new things. In the spring of 2016 we officially invited Alec to join the team as our Creative Arts Intern. Alec loves spending time outside with friends, all things Red Sox and a good day skateboarding.