Matthew Cunningham

A Southern California Native, Matthew Cunningham was raised in Big Bear Lake, California for the first 18 years of his life.

Matthew holds a B.A. in Theology and Greek from Multnomah University, and Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Multnomah Biblical Seminary.  He currently serves as Lead Pastor here at The Gathering Church.

Matthew and his wife, Vanessa, are high school sweethearts and were married in the summer of 2004, in Pacific Grove, California. They are blessed with six children, who are the joys of their lives: Annelissa, Alatheia, Benjamin, Nathan, Noelle, and Lilly.  As a family, the Cunninghams enjoy camping, road-tripping, eating out, and dancing in the living room. Some of Matthew’s passions include: helping men grow in maturity and responsibility as husbands and fathers, seeing families strengthened, and seeing lost people meet Jesus. A couple of books which have been impacting in Matthew’s life have been Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards, and How Then Shall We Live? by Francis Shaeffer. Matthew delights to be a member of the body of Christ at The Gathering Church. He loves teaching the Bible, serving with the elders, and seeing the gospel impact someone’s heart so that they continue to grow in grace.

Joel Harris

Joel Harris grew up just outside Gresham, OR. He was homeschooled by Christian parents who were passionately committed to ministering to families and the church. As a child, he prayed with his father to accept Christ, and in high school his faith deepened as he came to a fuller understanding of the gospel.

Joel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Greek from Multnomah University, and an Mdiv from Southern Seminary. He currently serves on staff at TGC and teaches music lessons through his studio, Northwest Worship Academy.

Joel and his wife, Kimi, met in high school and were married in 2004. They currently live in NE Portland with their three daughters: Elena, Aria and Larkin. The Harrises enjoy trips to the beach, reading aloud as a family, and playing board games. Joel has a passion for equipping the local church to worship in spirit and truth, singing gospel-centered, Christ-exalting songs with reverence, gratitude and joy. He also loves preaching, serving with the TGC leadership, and disciple-making.

Sarai Saulo

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Mitch Gibbs

Mitchell Gibbs was born and raised in Idaho. He attended church regularly with his parents and received Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 7.  He heard the gospel clearly from church and knew he could have eternal life if he repented of his sins and put his faith in Jesus.  He believed and received Jesus and the next year he gave his testimony and was baptized in the Clearwater River in Idaho at the age of 8.

Mitchell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness from the University of Idaho and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the International School of Theology, Fontana, California.

Mitchell grew in his walk with the Lord at the University of Idaho when he developed relationships through Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), and was discipled by the Navigators. Mitchell has been a stateside missionary, youth pastor, school teacher, Christian-education/outreach minister, church plant intern and a senior/lead pastor.

Mitchell met and married Tracy his wife in San Diego California and they have been married since the summer of 2004.  God has blessed them with two sons.

Mitchell is most passionate about seeing people impacted with the gospel and transformed by the power of the gospel. He longs to see believers no longer living for themselves but for Him who died for them.