Steve acknowledged Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior on September 16, 1973, at the age of 20, while a student at Kent State University. In 1978, he helped to establish the Community of Believers Christian Church in Kent where he served as part of the pastoral team until 1993 when he was called to serve the network of churches with which he was affiliated and as one of its Directors, Steve provides extra-local oversight to several congregations in the Northeastern Ohio area.
In 1998, Steve, along with other area Christian leaders, helped establish HarvestNet Ministries a"regional equipping ministry for worldwide harvest." Steve is currently the President of HarvestNet Institute and in the tradition of C. S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer, Steve has a passion to present the truth claims of the Christian worldview in a relevant way to his and future generation.
Pastor Steve and his wife Sylvia live in Bainbridge, Ohio and are blessed with five adult children and seven wonderful grandchildren.
Pastoral Leadership: Ministry Teams and Worship Leader
David Rasmussen was born and raised in North-central Connecticut. David moved to Virginia to attend Virginia Tech, where he found a relationship with Jesus Christ his Freshman year (1991-2) and was discipled through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCCI) until graduation in 1996. David graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. David continued his education at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1999 with a Master of Science in Food Science & Technology. David completed his education with a Ph.D. in Food Science & Technology from the University of Tennessee (2004).
David served various youth ministries from 1997 until 2004 when he moved to Ohio, including traveling extensively with Teen Mania Ministries' Global Expeditions (GE). David has ministered the gospel to young people in Bulgaria, El Salvador, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Peru and England with CCCI and GE. David has served various ministries as a musician and worship leader, including as a musician at the International House of Prayer (Knoxville, TN).
David has served GateWay as a youth pastor, prayer ministry leader and teacher. David was ordained at GateWay Church as a Elder/Pastor in January of 2008.
Currently David works for Nestle R&D in Solon, Ohio has a Food Safety Specialist. David also serves as the Chapter President for the Virginia Tech Alumni Association (since 2006).
David has been married to Suzanne since May of 2005 and are blessed with three beautiful children. David and Suzanne have 2 very loveable (little) dogs too.
David has a passion for to see God's people equiped for service, with a heart for supernatural ministry both locally and globally.
Sylvia is multi-gifted and serves the church in administrative support for Children’s ministry and Women's Bible Studies. She also co-creates GW’s website, along with John Ruchak. Sylvia has a desire to see the arts continually restored in the church.
Sylvia first met Jesus while attending a Christian school at the age of 6. She then participated in Sunday School and with child-like faith believed the incredible stories of the Bible. When Sylvia was 19 years old, she had a life-transforming encounter with the Holy Spirit.
Because of this early exposure to the Christian faith, Sylvia, prioritizes teaching children about the Bible, salvation through Jesus Christ, and what the scriptures teach about the importance of worship; while also learning that church is a fun and happy place to be on Sunday morning!
Sylvia has ministered in Russia; and with her husband Pastor Steve, in Germany and Austria. She also toured Israel with a Davidic dance team in 2005 and 2007. Currently Sylvia is serving as HarvestNet Ministries Administrator for Israel Tours.
Pastor Steve and Sylvia reside in Bainbridge, Ohio and have five tremendous adult children and seven precious grand-children.