Two distinct offices exist to preserve both the word of the church (elders) and deed of the church (deacons).  Deacons serve the church in specific areas of administration, service and ministries of mercy.  Whether it’s coordinating volunteers for a special event, serving those in need in the surrounding community, or organizing a team serving Sunday morning, our deacons strive to serve so that conflicts are minimized.  We see this displayed in Acts 6, where deacons were originally appointed when an issue of logistics threatened to divide the church.  To address this issue of unity, the Apostles appointed deacons to oversee this administrative challenge, so that the Apostles could devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.

Every deacon is carefully selected, meets the qualifications given in 1 Timothy 3:8-13, and is recognized and appointed by the congregation.  Depending on the specific needs of the church and the unique gifting of an individual deacon, they can serve in a wide range of ministries.  Deacons “who serve well gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 3:13).

Gabe Winslow

Gabe was born in Winchester, Virginia, where his parents had moved to minister to a local church. They moved back to the Pacific Northwest when Gabe was 5 years old, and he now lives in Portland. His parents raised him diligently to love Christ and others, leading Gabe to confess Christ at an early age. His life is an ongoing process of sanctification, as well as a testimony to God’s grace and goodness.

Gabe studied History at Hillsdale College and is now an entrepreneur and one of the partners at Sq1. He helped launch the Portland office for the company in 2010. He is responsible for managing digital marketing and advertising strategies for his clients.

At Hillsdale College, he fell in love with Mandy at first sight, whom he married in the spring of 2004. Three cross-country moves later, they have settled back into Portland with their six kids—Emily, Josiah, Lucy, Olivia, Sam and Katie. Gabe and his family enjoy spending time outdoors, reading together and taking spontaneous road trips all over the western US. Gabe is passionate about seeing the local church facilitate the growth and life of its members. He desires to see healthy families, healthy work relationships and effective community outreach. He wishes to see a church body where all members support and encourage each other and where no one falls through the cracks.

Dan Gutschenritter

Dan was born and raised by his mother and grandparents in Great Falls, Montana. He grew up in a Christian environment but did not have an authentic personal faith for most of his youth. Everything changed when, at age 19, God radically saved Dan from a life of wild indulgence in worldly living. Over the next 10 years, Dan became increasingly involved in discipleship, evangelism, missions and other church activities.

His interest in theological studies grew while he pursued education in law enforcement. In 2009, Dan earned his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement from the University of Great Falls in Montana. In 2010 Dan felt called to attend Seminary at Multnomah University with the goal of earning a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies, so he moved to Portland where he currently works as a Federal Security Contractor with Homeland Security.

At Multnomah University, he met his wife and best friend, Christa, and in the summer of 2012 they were married. He enjoys weightlifting, backpacking, and spending time with the love of his life, Christa. Dan started attending The Gathering Church in 2011 and quickly embraced its community, worship and teaching ministry. He served as a yearlong pastoral intern in the church and was installed as a deacon during the winter of 2014. Dan is passionate about ministry, theology, and reaching Portland with the gospel. He is using his knowledge and experience to serve The Gathering Church as a Deacon of Security and Evangelism. Dan and Christa have one precious daughter, Florence.

Jon Winslow

Jon was born and grew up in southeast Portland as one of eight siblings. He was raised in a Christian household and professed faith at age six. In his teenage years, Jon struggled with lying, anger, and pornography until God dramatically stepped into his life. One morning God’s love broke through to Jon, and he began to search for God with a new hunger. His faith took on a fresh vitality as he pursued growth in grace and humility.

Jon sensed God was leading him to Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated with his Bachelors Degree in Theology in 2011. After returning to Portland, Jon became a salesman for Montavilla Sewing.

Since his graduation, Jon married his wife Laura in the summer of 2012, and they had their first child, James, in late 2013. He began attending The Gathering Church in 2012 and now serves as a Deacon.