East Woods is thrilled to introduce our new Children & Youth Director, Kevin Gates! Kevin will officially takes over over responsibilities of the Children and Family Ministry and Youth Ministry starting this summer.
Kevin is a native of the Pacific Northwest and first began his work in ministry with youth in 1993 as an intern at Covenant Presbyterian Church while attending Multnomah University. He has since worked with youth and music ministries at numerous churches in both Oregon and Washington. After years of volunteer and intern positions in youth ministry, Kevin went to Warner Pacific University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Religion & Christian Ministries in 2010. He served as the Director of Youth Ministries at Walla Walla Presbyterian Church from 2011 to 2014 before beginning his M.Div program at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2015.
Leaving seminary to take care of his late wife during her cancer journey, Kevin moved back to Portland, where he volunteered with youth and music leadership at Oak Hills Presbyterian for the last three years. Kevin is transitioning back into full-time ministry while looking at also restarting his seminary journey soon.
Kevin currently lives in Milwaukie, Oregon with his step-daughter, Laura, a small Pomeranian, Mako, and an orange tabby, Oscar. He enjoys watching Sci-Fi, playing and listening to music (he plays guitar, bass, drums and a mean mandoline), and cooking up amazing dishes for his friends and family.
Kevin's contact information is email@example.com.