Leadership

Ministers

Carl Williamson – Minister & Elder
[email protected]
(615) 856-3315

Carl has been serving Gateway since its beginning in 2011. Carl and his wife, Alicia, have two daughters and are in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia. Carl is an avid runner and enjoys camping and hiking. He is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree from Harding School of Theology. Carl’s number one love in life is God and he desperately wants others to find God through the moments of their life.


Jordan Smoak – Associate Minister
[email protected]
(865) 680-2431

Gateway has been a blessing to Jordan ever since he first came to New Jersey in 2012. He recently finished his Masters of Divinity at Princeton Seminary. Jordan is overjoyed he now has the opportunity to partner with the Church who has given him so much.

Jordan is a movie and game nut. He also enjoys thoroughly analyzing the most recent curiosities. To him, Jesus is the most important thing to talk about. Jordan deeply desires to better know God. He feels called to help others do the same whether they know God very well or not at all.

Elders

Carl Williamson – Minister & Elder
[email protected]
(615) 856-3315

Carl has been serving Gateway since its beginning in 2011. Carl and his wife, Alicia, have two daughters and are in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia. Carl is an avid runner and enjoys camping and hiking. He is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree from Harding School of Theology. Carl’s number one love in life is God and he desperately wants others to find God through the moments of their life.


Cliff Gray – Elder
[email protected]
(732) 616-4786

Cliff is a lifelong New Jersey native who has been with Gateway since its beginning. He has 2 adult sons from his previous marriage. During this time he had not attended church for several years and had lost his faith. After his divorce, he began searching for direction in his life. It was during this time he met his current wife Patty at work. It was because of Patty he returned to church and rededicated himself to Christ.

Cliff spent 30 years working in law enforcement and healthcare. Currently, he is disabled. Through this, he has had the opportunity to serve full-time with Gateway. During this time at Gateway he has served as the Treasurer and a Ministry Leader and was involved with Disaster Relief after Hurricane Sandy.

As an Elder, Cliff’s goal is to help others grow in their relationship with God. Cliff is passionate about helping those who have had struggles in their life and are searching for direction. He and his wife Patty have been happily married for 12 years and currently live in Jackson, NJ.


Scott Penick – Elder


Bio and contact info coming soon…

Ministry Leaders

Alicia Williamson – Ministry Leader - Children's Ministry
[email protected]
(615) 856-3316

Alicia and her family have been worshiping and serving with the Gateway Church of Christ since it began in 2011. She is the mother of two daughters, Zoe and Elle. Her family is in the waiting process of an adopted child from Ethiopia. God has strengthened her faith and reliance on Him through this process. Her husband, Carl, serves as the lead evangelist at Gateway. She has a heart for the Lord and a deep love for teaching.


Allison Gladfelter – Ministry Leader - Fellowship Ministry
[email protected]
(732) 814-9085

Fellowship comes naturally for Allison. She has a warm heart and loves being around people. It’s no wonder she’s been a pediatric nurse for 15 years. “I’m so glad you’re my nurse again!” She hears that constantly from her patients and their parents.

Allison brightens up any room with her smile! She makes people feel comfortable and at ease. She comes from a big family who loved getting together…and not just at the holiday’s. That’s where her gift of fellowship started. And it just continued to blossom.

She’s also a wife and a mom of twin girls. When she’s not hanging out with people, she loves to curl up on the couch and crochet gifts for others. You’ll also find her at the beach most weeks.

Allison loves being a servant for the Lord. Everyday she strives to live a Godly life. Her smile shines through even when it seems like there’s nothing to be happy or smile about because she knows that God is in control and always loves her.


Lydia Prendergast – Ministry Leader - Prayer Ministry
[email protected]
(732) 379-7912

Lydia was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Growing up in a Christian home, Lydia felt God’s call on her life very early on, as she would dream of becoming a missionary. As teen-aged rebellion set in, Lydia stopped listening to God and attempted to make her own path while still walking the line between being a faithful and not so faithful follower of God. Lydia moved to Freehold, New Jersey as a young adult where she met Jim, her husband of 25 years. After trying some area churches over the course of several years, Lydia’s journey of faith brought her to Gateway Church of Christ. Lydia returned to God as her first love and has learned to better listen to His call on her life, seeking to actively serve Him.

Lydia and Jim have 3 daughters who are also active members of Gateway. Lydia has worked for Gateway Disaster Response Team as the Disaster Case Management Supervisor in Union Beach since May 2012. Realizing that the need in the Bayshore area was still significant, Lydia has worked closely with other leaders at Gateway to expand our mission focus into a resource center. She is currently serving as a Co-Director for Gateway Regional Resource Center in Union Beach.

Lydia believes strongly in the power of prayer and that because of God’s great love for us, he actually listens to us. She is actively studying various aspects of prayer and is especially interested in physical, spiritual and emotional healing through prayer. As the ministry leader of prayer ministry at Gateway, Lydia hopes to assist others to grow into an active prayer life.


Nico Gladfelter – Ministry Leader - Worship & Technology
[email protected]
(808) 469-5413

Nico has been with Gateway since it started in 2011. He grew up in Tabernacle, NJ. Graduated from Harding University. Lived in Southern California for 8 years. And moved to NJ in 2010.

Along the way he was married, had twin girls, owned a house, sold a house, earned 2 bachelor’s degrees and a masters degree, studied in Europe, traveled twice to Hawaii, learned to surf, learned to paddle board, learned yoga.

God was with him each and every step of the way. Whether he knew it or not. Nico has learned and continues to learn that God and Jesus are the great Shepherd and that he is a sheep who needs to be led.


Patty Gray – Ministry Leader - Welcome & Outreach
[email protected]
(732) 673-4981

Patty was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended the Princeton and Freehold Churches of Christ before helping to plant Gateway. Patty has been involved in teaching, event planning, and Young Adults ministry at Gateway. Patty’s compassion and willingness to serve lead her to a full-time career in nursing. Being a critical care nurse for 17 years, she has been able to help those in their greatest time of need. She brings the same kind of caring and compassion to Gateway.

Her goal at Gateway is to make everyone feel welcomed. Currently Patty is leading a young women’s study. She firmly believes that women should be spiritually prepared to meet the challenges in a culture where Christian values are not emphasized. Patty and her husband, Cliff, are part of the original team who planted Gateway.

Staff

Dan Cooperman – Treasurer
[email protected]
(908) 461-1325

Dan was born in New York City and moved to Central New Jersey where he has spent the past 20 years. He has attended Freehold Church of Christ before becoming a part of Gateway Church of Christ when it opened back in 2011.

Dan graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in May of 2014 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering Design. He currently works full time as a Site⁄Civil⁄Municipal Engineer and City Planner in North Jersey.

Having a mathematical background in analytics, logistics, and financial planning, Dan is blessed to have the opportunity to serve as Gateway’s financial secretary. Additionally, Dan is a co-leader for Gateway’s Young Adults Small Group.