Our Pastor

Phillip & Rene Adams

Bio: Hello, my name is Phillip Adams. I am married  to the "wife of my youth" Sharan Rene'

Adams for 39 years. We have three sons, Marshall, Michael, and Mark who is in heaven.

Mark was killed in combat in Iraq on October 15, 2005 serving in the Marines. We have four

Grandchildren, John Mark Adams, and Victoria Abigail Adams, Samuel Jed Adams, and Charles

Riner Adams. I received my ministry education from Luther Rice Bible College in Lithonia,

Georgia and  Southeastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. I pastored Mount Hermon

Baptist Church in Durham, NC from 1984-1999. Since Mark's death I have been the Executive

Director of the "Sgt. Mark P. Adams Foundation." The Foundation funds "Passion for Peru

Ministries" and  Make a Difference Wrestling Clinics." We have been going to Peru since 2003,

over 40 trips, doing Evangelism and Discipleship training. We also provide food, clothes and

shoes to the people up in the Andes Mountains. The "Make a Difference" wrestling clinics are

centered around confronting high school age young men with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a college wrestling coach, who is a christian, come and teach a one-day High School wrestling clinic and also share his testimony. We share Mark's story and the assurance that he is in heaven. We challenge them to think about their lives and their relationship with Jesus Christ. God has blessed us to have shared the gospel with hundreds of people and truly make a difference in the lives of many people in Peru and here in the states.  

Contact Pastor Phillip 


Music Minister

April Goff

Bio & photos are in process of being made

Team Kids Leaders Ages 3 - Kindergarten

Tab and Patti Dickerson

Hi, I’m Patti. My husband Tab and I teach the “little” Team Kids 3-K.

We have been married for 32 years. We have a 27 year old son named Will. 

We are charter members of Gateway Baptist Church, which began in November

of 1997. I work for a photographer of small children in Durham, and Tab works at

Snipes Bros. Oil Company in Roxboro. I love art, photography and animals. Tab

loves wood working and building projects. We both love being at home with our

dogs. We have always worked with children at church in some capacity, be it

Sunday school, Children’s Church, VBS, or Youth Group. We love the children and

love seeing them have fun while learning about the Bible in Team Kids.


Contact Tab & Patti

Team Kids Leaders Ages 1st - 6th Grade

CJ and Emily Panye


Bio: “CJ and I moved here to Timberlake from Hawaii a few years ago. After serving

two terms in the Marine Corps we were ready to come back to Timberlake where

we were welcomed into the Gateway family. We have three children ages 10, 9,

and 2. I am a stay-home/homeschool mom, and CJ works in Durham at his family’s

business. We look forward to meeting you!”. 


Contact CJ & Emily

Gateway Gators Leaders 6th - 12th Grade

Neil and Hope Crabtree

Neil & Hope are the youth leaders at Gateway. They are proud parents of Emma,

Avery, & Elijah. Neil is a field service rep for Dominion Energy and volunteers his

time as our youth leader as well as assists with web design and audio/visual

presentations. Hope is a stay at home mom, avid couponer, & extreme deal hunter.

Hope helps with our Single Parent Ministry providing assistance to the single parent

families in our church. They enjoy competitive sports, board & card games, camping,

and being with friends & family. They have a passion for youth of all ages.

Contact Neil and Hope   


Gateway was formed in the small rural town of Timberlake, NC, in 1997. Our aim then and now is to reach our community for Christ.  We hope you enjoy your visit on our site and would love to see you and your family in one of our services soon!




2370 Chambers Loop Rd.

Timberlake, NC 27583



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