Meet Our Team Leaders

At Gateway, we believe that church is a team sport and not a one-man show.  We believe that since Jesus has called us all to be servants, there is no task too menial or beneath us.  Everyone pitches in, rolls up their sleeves, and gets dirty.  We don't serve for applause or accolades.  We defer the attention to others and the glory to Jesus.  Every leader is accessible because everyone matters!

  • Pastor Mel & Denise Steinmeyer

    Lead Pastor

    With Pastor Mel, what you see is what you get.  He is not one way on Sunday mornings and a different person the rest of the week.  He's not afraid to tell it like it is whether that's sharing about his own doubts and struggles or teaching on a controversial subject.  He and Denise have three boys:  Caleb, Austin, and Chase.  Mel loves fishing, football, movies, and worship.  Denise loves shopping, flip flops, and Starbucks (triple tall 1% extra hot latte).  And they both love their dogs!


  • Pastor Terry & Jackie Lugar

    Pastoral Care

    Terry and Jackie have three kids (Kristie, Dan, and Charmaine) and eleven grandkids (Riley, Luis, Eduardo, James, Kyen, Zavior, Ocean, Blake, Cole, Ethan, and Chloe).  Terry loves to fly airplanes, working with wood, and fixing things.  Jackie loves shoes and decorating.  They both love their Mini Aussies.


  • Pastor Brian & Iris Ellingson

    Worship Pastor

    Brian and Iris have three kids:  Sophia, Adrianna, and Silas.  Brian loves music and owns many guitars.  Iris is a fitness instructor for pre and postnatal mothers.  Both of them are foodies (Thai  food is their favorite!), aspiring travelers and hikers, and Dutch Brothers' best customers.  They are all about their family and doing life together.


  • Pastors JR & Heather Vogtman

    Family Pastors

    JR and Heather have seven kids (five of which are foster kids):  Ethan, Zephaniah, Nevaeh, Sonny, Hunter, Mason, and JoyAnna.  JR is very techy (built the very first computerized Christmas light show in the Tri-Cities) and spent several years leading scouts.  He also loves sports and coaches wrestling.  Heather plays the trombone and loves Ghirardelli chocolate (wants to visit the factory in San Fran).  They both love kids and youth!