Leadership Team:
Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Pastor Larry DeskinsPastor Larry Deskins, Senior Pastor

Pastor Larry served two other churches in Arizona before coming to Gateway Fellowship in 1991.  As a counselor, Larry has keen insight into life’s struggles.  He thoroughly enjoys teaching God’s Word and leading people to Christ.  He is married to Carol and has three grown daughters.

Educational Background – B.A. Psychology/Religion, Grand Canyon College, M.A. Family and Marriage Counseling Western Theological Seminary.


Pastor John PhelpsPastor John Phelps, Minister of Education

John Phelps stepped into the part-time position of Minister of Education in January 2012  to fill a great need we have in that area.  John gives direction for all of the education ministries of the church and he will give leadership for teacher training and curriculum selection.   He graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2007 from the Arizona campus of Golden Gate Seminary.   He and his wife, Theresa, have 4 teen/young adult children who are also a great addition to our church family.



Gary Derbyshire, Minister to Students

Gary became a member of the Gateway Fellowship Ministry Staff in June, 2013.  He ministers to the children (1st-6th grade), youth (7th-12th grade), and college students.  Gary grew up in Thailand as a Southern Baptist missionary kid.  He is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Non-Profit Management and is now working towards his Master’s of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Gary and his wife, Rezwana, have three children and we are seeing great and mighty things from our Youth Ministry with Gary at the helm. Check out his ministry blog at http://www.garyderbyshire.com.

Jim Carpenter, W155248_102262616513838_5360478_n (1)-001orship Music Director

Jim is the newest member of our Staff, serving in an interim capacity from September of 2014 and joining us permanently in January of 2015.   Jim is a man of many talents and much experience in the world of Christian music.  He has served with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, several churches in Arizona, California and the Northwest, and has sung with many renowned artists.  Jim leads a gospel big band that performs in many churches around the state of Arizona and fills his “free” time with a business in the world of vintage imported show cars.   Jim and his wife, MaryLu, are a great addition to Gateway and we are expecting to grow greatly under his worship ministry direction.                     


Theresa Phelps, Preschool Ministries Coordinator

Theresa has worked in Preschool and Children’s ministries at Gateway Fellowship for many years and is a dependable, enthusiastic staff member.  Theresa is married to husband, John, and with most of their children grown and their “baby” boy active in high school sports and marching band, she is a busy mom.  The Phelps family lives in Gilbert.