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 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. pastorlarry@gatewayfellowship.org


Pastor 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 young adult children who are also a great addition to our church family. edmin@gatewayfellowship.org


Donald Young, Youth Ministry Director 

Don Young became the Minister to Students in January 2018. He graduated Liberty University in September 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Church Ministries. He is currently enrolled in Liberty University’s Master of Divinity program. Don and his wife Sabrinia have 13 Children. Donald@gatewayfellowship.org