Our pastoral staff are responsible for the overall leadership and direction of Eastgate Church.
Gary is our senior pastor. Our church began as a small group meeting in his living room and launched in January 1992. Gary grew up in Bristol, Virginia. After earning a B.A. in Music from Radford University, he worked twelve years in the corporate world. He left his job in 1991 to answer God’s call to ministry. He attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a M.Div. with Biblical Languages. Gary and his wife, Robin, have three married children and nine grandchildren.
Lead Pastor, Rocky Mount Campus
He and his family moved to Rocky Mount in 2015 to plant Eastgate Rocky Mount after graduating from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and working as an associate pastor in Greenville, NC for a year. Jonathan is a native of Wilson, NC and is married to Nicole. They have 4 children.
Stephen attended East Carolina University, where he received a B.A. in Music, and Liberty University, where he received a M.A. in Worship Leadership. He has been on staff with Eastgate since July of 2005. Stephen has a passion for song-writing, leadership, and discipleship. He oversees our worship teams and is our graphic designer. Follow his music at www.stephenacombs.com.
Pastor of Administration and Children
Jonathan was born in Virginia Beach, VA and began working full-time for our church in 2012 after 14 years in the IT industry. He has a BS in Psychology and an MS in Information Technology. His family moved to Wilson and began attending in 2007. Jonathan oversees our Children’s Ministry, technology and finances. He is also an adjunct instructor at Wilson Community College and does freelance web development.
Our lay staff are committed leaders from our congregation. They bring a valuable perspective along with their spiritual gifts and talents as they serve our church.
Administrative Support and IT Specialist
Michael is a native Ohioan, and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, with a BS in Information Technology. Michael works for Wake County as an IT Division Supervisor. His passion is helping support others, using his skills and talents to support, nurture and launch others into their ministry.
Director of Discipleship
Mike oversees our Community Groups and Life on Life Discipleship and is a member of the preaching team. Mike served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and is currently a professional pilot. Mike and his wife Cindy began attending our church in 2010 and have two grown children.
Gordon and his wife Mary have been attending our church since 2017 and he has been our facilities maintenance man since 2021. Gordon is originally from Northern Virginia and retired from facilities maintenance for Wilson County.
Youth Leader – Rocky Mount Campus
Youth Leader – Rocky Mount Campus
Elizabeth grew up in Greenville and was actively involved in her church’s youth ministry and served in the nursery and preschool Sunday school classes. After moving to Rocky Mount, she and her husband started attending the Rocky Mount campus during the preview services and have been a member of the Eastgate family ever since. Elizabeth serves as a leader with the Rocky Mount youth ministry, as well as the preschool class in the children’s ministry. She and her husband have 3 kids.
Women’s Ministry Leader – Wilson Campus
Betty is originally from Northern Illinois and currently works for Emco Wheaton as the Marketing Services Manager. She has been attending our church for over 20 years.
Women’s Ministry Leader – Rocky Mount Campus
Amber Moore grew up in Wilson, NC and attended Eastgate’s Wilson campus from 2013 to 2017 where she discovered a passion for Women’s Bible teaching and discipleship. She served on the Wilson Women’s ministry leadership team from 2015 to 2017. Amber and her family moved to Rocky Mount and is currently the Women’s ministry leader there.
Celebrate Recovery Pastor
Stephen Sr. is married to Frances Winslow and together they have two sons, Stephen Jr. and Joshua. Stephen grew up in Patchogue, NY, moved to Wilson in 1994, and joined Eastgate in 1997. Stephen Pastors Celebrate Recovery at our church, and is responsible for community outreach to people suffering from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits. He has a heart for Kingdom growth through CR’s Christ-centered twelve-step program, Step Study Groups, and our Friday evening Worship Service.
His desire is to see Christ change hearts, minds, and lives. He loves strong coffee, expensive guitars, and his wife, although not in that order!