Welcome to the Open Gate website! My name is Bill, and I have had the privilege of being the Lead Pastor for the past ten years. One of the things that God has taught me is the fact we are all like keys. He uses the ups and downs in our lives to cut us into the perfect shape for the ministry He has planned for us in advance. Our life experiences…the good, the bad, and even the ugly make us uniquely qualified to do what He calls us to do. For me, that includes 25 years of US Army service and the diagnosis/treatment of Gastric Cancer. I have been married for over 39 years to my sweetheart of 45 years.
We raised two great kids and are watching them grow up to know the Lord.
After spending 25 years in the Army, I see overwhelming parallels between military service and being a pastor. I spent a lot of my military service attending Chapel on Post, and the exposure to traditions and quirks of various denominations helps when dealing with the church body in El Paso. The cultural experiences in Korea, Europe, and SWA serve me well when dealing with other communities and has equipped me to understand how I can help people deal with the stress of military life. I would encourage you to visit us and see if we are the church to walk with you through this journey called life.
I would like you to meet the ministry team for Open Gate: