Board Member Elections

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Our church will be holding board member elections. We wanted to give you a chance to get to know our candidates beforehand. Below is a picture and a bio they have submitted for your review!




Jon Sparks:

I’m not a pastor by education or formal training…I’m a pastor by life. As a former logistics manager at UPS and a long-standing, successful career in the music industry, I ultimately found my calling introducing hurting hearts to the Healer. My time in the music industry lead me to working from home. Working from home allowed me ample time to be a dad and a father figure to a group of young men who would raid our refrigerator on a daily basis and made our house their home. I call these young men my sons. Eventually, daughters entered the picture and our life is hectic, our home is crazy and our hearts are full. Today my job is seeking the Father, following His lead and preparing an amazing property and a beautiful barn for a retreat focused on serving pastors and missionaries.


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Stephen Bearden:

Raised in the Nazarene church his parents are both pastors, Michael and Beth Bearden. Stephen came to know the Lord at an early age, and was baptized at seven. He attended Trevecca from 2002 – 2006. At different times he has worked in worship ministry, children’s ministry, youth ministry, college ministry, and recovery ministries. Professionally he has worked in healthcare audit and consulting for 10 years.  Currently the AVP of Finance at Centennial Medical Center. He is husband to Laura Bearden and father to Eliza and Luke Bearden. Stephen enjoys good music, thoughtful books, basketball, football, and good coffee.

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Eric King:

Eric and his family have been members of the church for almost 10 years.   A devoted father of 3, he has been the leader of the Men’s Ministry since 2011; Serving the men of the church as well as helping them become better leaders has been his mission.  Eric’s current occupation is as a Project Manager for an architectural millwork firm.  During his free time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, yard work and his two dogs, Samson and Molly.



Erik Metzger:

Alabama boy having lived in Nashville and a member of Gateway for 13 years.  I work at Good L Corporation  In La Vergne, where I manufacture and sell shopping baskets and carts. I Share life with my Bride Rebecca and 3 children, Beau, Will and Leah.


Tanya Thompson:

Tanya Thompson has been attending Gateway Community for 16 years and currently serves as Gateway’s Director of Women’s Ministries.  She is also a member of the worship team, co-director of VBS, and has previously served on the church board and worked with the children and preschoolers.  She and her husband Blake have been married for 22 years and have two children, Blake (14) and Rylee (9).  Tanya has been a homemaker since leaving her career as VP of Operations at healthcare survey company in 2005.


Lance Forman:

Dr. Forman and his wife, Katie, are actively involved with the youth group at Gateway Community Church as well as several other ministries. Dr. Forman has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal for 13 years in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools district. He is currently the Director of Educational Leadership at Lipscomb University. The Formans are expecting their first child, a boy, in September!

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