Elder Candidates

Meet our Elder Candidates

About the Elder Team

Redemption Gateway is overseen by a team of Elders, who provide big-picture leadership and shepherding to the congregation. This team prays consistently for the congregation, provides wise counsel, entrusts the day-t0-day leadership to the staff, and holds the keys of accountability to the Lead Pastor and staff.

The current elders are Matthew Braselton, John Kronwald, Luke Simmons, and Geoffrey Wilcoxson.

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About the Approval Phase

Each of the elder candidates go through an extensive process (more than 1 year) before being presented before the congregation.

The final step is the “Approval Phase,” where each candidate is brought before the congregation and the members of Redemption Gateway are invited to give feedback about his life, conduct, and character.

If a member is aware of any disqualifying sin or character flaw in an elder candidate, he or she is urged to make the matter known to the existing elders, who will investigate the claim. Members will have a 4-week window in which to bring any concerns.

Please read a brief bio below on each of the elder candidates.

Bill Anderson

I met my wife, Donna, at Simpson University in San Francisco. We have been married for 51 years and have two children, Melissa and Martin. Melissa lives in Calgary, AB, Canada with her husband, Tim.  Martin is single and lives with us in San Tan Valley. He currently works at Target in Queen Creek, and is a cartoon artist and loves music, especially the music at Redemption Gateway! We also have three grandchildren; Keegan (25), Erin (22), and Corey (20). I am a retired courtesy shuttle driver for Henry Brown Buick GMC in Gilbert, AZ. I like to spend time with my family, travel, relax, and ponder the future.

I grew up in a conservative Christian home on a dairy farm outside of Alexandria, MN. My parents raised the five of us siblings on hard work, the Bible, prayer, Sunday school, and regular attendance at the local Baptist church. At age eight, I trusted Jesus as my savior during VBS in 1954. I had the privilege, along with my best friend at the time, to pray the “sinner’s prayer” with my father. It was a special time and I will never forget it.

I love the genuineness, love, servant hearts, compassion, generosity, vulnerability, friendliness, and concern that the people of Redemption Gateway has for the lost in our community. Most of all, I love that we all are committed to “All of Life is All for Jesus.” What excites me about Redemption Gateway’s future is that God has built outstanding ministries that He will continue to use into the future, He has given us a beautiful new facility to use for His glory here in Queen Creek and beyond, and He will bring more lost & searching people to Himself through the Spirit of Jesus’ love and grace.

Bruce Gilmore

My wife, Julie, and I have been married for 35 years. We grew up in Gallup, New Mexico and have know each other for most of our lives. I was in the U.S. Air Force and started our married life in Grand Forks, North Dakota. After my military service, we moved to Arizona where I attended ASU and earned a business degree. We have three children, Eric, Corey and Emily. We were blessed to have Julie be a full-time mom and are now enjoying the empty-nest phase of life. Both Eric and Corey are ASU graduates, work in the valley and attend Redemption Gateway. Emily is a student at ASU and attends Redemption Tempe. Julie has returned to work as a bookkeeper at Gilbert Christian Schools and I am a Director of Supply Chain Management at Mayo Clinic and a Faculty Associate at ASU. I enjoy going on dates with my wife, traveling, going to the movies, and hiking.

When I was young, I attended a small church in New Mexico, knew the things of God and believed I knew God. In fact, when Julie and I were married, I believed I was a Christian based on the teachings of my childhood church. Julie was saved at a young age and she was a consistent role model of Christ, who faithfully walked beside me even as I became more selfish with my career.  In 1995, God used a good friend to open my eyes to the fact that I was living a selfish life blinded by my sins. I repented and began a life of following Jesus.

We talk at Gateway about the Christian walk as “plodding.” This word resonates with me and as I reflect on my own slow, steady walk through the joyful times along with the trials and tribulations as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Redemption Gateway is a place where people do not need to put on a false front to fit in. It is a place where people can expose their brokenness and come alongside each other with love and compassion. I regularly see God using the members of our church to help celebrate the victories in life and provide comfort during times of trouble.

Julie and I have been part of Gateway since the beginning and we are excited to see new faces every Sunday as our church grows and we reach more people. Our new building will provide great new spaces that will allow us to minister to even more people. We are making an impact in our community and I look forward to seeing how God will continue to use us well into the future!

Robert Horn

I married my wife, Cheri, in 2001. We are both Arizona natives, growing up in the Tempe area. We have two children, Ashley and James. I am currently a manager at SRP where I have worked for the past 19 years. I love hanging out with my family, learning new things, eating good food, watching the Arizona Coyotes hockey team, and sailing.

Raised in a Christian home, I knew the Gospel at a young age. While I considered myself a Christian, it wasn’t until I was an adult that I was confronted with the depths of my sin and how sin had separated me from God. With the weight of this realization, I spent weeks feeling broken and in need of a new life to mend the one I had corrupted. Jesus has been that life and has redefined my life apart from my old identity. As I continue to walk in the Lord, I am increasingly made aware that I need Jesus as much today, as I did when He first called me. His love and kindness fuels my affections to draw near and imitate the one in whose image I was created in.

Redemption Gateway has been a huge blessing to our family and our walk with the Lord. The people of Gateway truly reflect that “All of Life, is All for Jesus.” We have seen God visible in tangible and intangible ways. Through friendships, serving, and generosity, is undoubtedly a congregation that is marked by love of God and love for others. I have not experienced this before and it truly feels like a home away from home. I am overwhelmingly thankful for the love God has shown through his people here at Redemption Gateway.

There are many reasons that I am excited for the future of Redemption Gateway. I’m blessed and encouraged to see God working through the leadership, and what He has in store for them in the future. I look forward to having a new building with the space to welcome the unchurched members of our communities and be introduced to Jesus. I’m excited for the new leaders who have been developed and can’t wait to see them be sent out to share the Gospel with the nations. I’m hopeful about the future generations that are currently involved in our Student Ministry, and the impact that they will make for Christ. Thinking about the multitude of lives the individual ministries at Gateway have touched, I can’t help but think of how many more lives will be changed as we move into the next season. We are entering an exciting time here at Gateway, and I’m honored to be a part it!

Jimmy Lau

I have been married to my wife, Linda, for 21 years. I am originally from New York City, and I am currently a small business owner of Arizona Signs & Printing. We have 3 sons, Noah (19), Caleb (16), and Luke (12). I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, golfing, fishing, and camping.

God saved me when I was in 8th grade. I was watching a television show about a man who died, had an after-life encounter, and was revived to life again. The story brought me to tears as I pondered the hopelessness of life simply ended after one’s last breath. On the other hand, if there was hope after life, what was the measure to know if I was good enough? God showed Himself as I learned about Him in school. I learned about God as creator, savior, and redeemer. I decided to put my trust in Him and by God’s grace, have continued to grow in Him.

I love that leadership and the people of Gateway love biblical truth and have a genuine heart to honor God. They do this in a number of different ways but what excites me the most about Gateway’s future is their heart to invest in others for God’s glory. From building a new campus for future generations and for the community, developing leaders to be sent out to reach the lost, supporting local and distant missionaries and organizations, and investing in the next generation to continue to share the good news of Jesus. The focus on others is exciting to see because God is glorified when we love others!

Mike Reeves

I have been married to my beautiful, talented wife, Nicole, for 26 years. We have been blessed with three children – Abigail, Joshua, and Hannah. I was born and raised in Southern California, and I am currently a Cloud Architect for Symantec. I love being with my family and doing life together. We enjoy traveling, the outdoors, singing and playing musical instruments. We also have a new puppy, Ainsley, whom Hannah is raising for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

I did not grow up in a church-going family but I met the Lord at a church youth camp at Pepperdine University when I was 17 years old. God revealed to me that I needed to stop running from Him and just accept and submit to Him. The path has not always been easy, but the journey has been more than worth it!

I really love the fact that the people at Gateway take Jesus seriously but not themselves. I also love that people here are willing to go the extra mile to serve others. I appreciate how we recognize that our relationship with the Lord and loving relationships with others requires an investment of time. I’m grateful that the congregation is willing to engage with the community as equals. We are a people who realize we have been given so much, and we are here to give to others in different ways. I am regularly inspired by the humility and love for people that our pastoral staff exhibits.

I am so excited to see how God is going to use us to impact the community of Queen Creek and the surrounding cities with His love, faithfulness, and goodness. I am excited about being a part of something that will have an impact on this city and state for generations to come. It’s a privilege to be a small part of  building a legacy of faithfulness to Jesus.


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