Meet the Staff


Ken Jackson 
Executive Pastor, Gateway Kids 
Ken will do anything to get the point of a lesson across. He’ll take pies in the face, dress up like an animal, and even wrestle chairs. His desire is to impart God’s Word to children in creative, new ways that bring fun and laughter to each young heart. Ken provides oversight for all campuses and areas of Gateway Kids.

Mary Jackson 
Pastor, Gateway Kids
Mary always has children around her. She has a sweet and tender spirit that melts the hearts of our children. Mary is a storyteller and creative genius who works each week to creatively communicate biblical truths to all of our children. She oversees the creative aspects of Gateway Kids including curriculum and events.

Leda Rupert 
Pastor, Gateway Kids, Southlake Campus
Leda believes that you are never too young to experience the love of God. She knows that the Word being sown into our Amazing Kids will never return void according to Isaiah 55:11. A degree in deaf education and 16 years of working with kids has only increased her passion to see them grow up with a firm foundation.

Kerry Cathers
Associate Pastor, Gateway Kids, Frisco Campus
Fun, relationships, and Jesus. That’s a winning combination to have each child embrace her/his uniqueness in the kingdom of God. Kerry’s desire is to see each child experience a living, loving relationship with Jesus that will guide their lives and form their futures. He enjoys the opportunity to build relationships with the kids and to help them have fun as Gateway Kids.

Boaz Bryant 
Associate Pastor, Gateway Kids, North Fort Worth Campus
Boaz is a big kid at heart who loves coming up with creative ways for kids to have fun and to learn about God! He enjoys seeing kids come to know Jesus at a young age and watching them grow in their relationship with God. Boaz's favorite verse is Proverbs 16:1 because it exemplifies the process of preparing a lesson and then allowing God to breathe His heart into it once the lesson is taught.

Dusty Petree
Associate Pastor, Gateway Kids, Grand Prairie Campus
Dusty has a passion to help kids have fun and learn about God which he knows is the coolest job in the world. He enjoys finding unique ways to introduce children to Jesus for the first time while reminding them that they are truly amazing kids in God’s eyes.

Rob Sumner
Associate Pastor, Gateway Kids, NRH Campus
Rob believes that the greatest way to invest into our future is by speaking into the lives of the next generation. He has approximately 20 years of experience in working with youth and children's ministries. It is such an honor for him to serve the children here at Gateway. His passion is to see your child’s face light up when they arrive and to feel loved, accepted and encouraged by God’s presence. Rob feels that helping kids know Jesus in a fun and loving atmosphere is the best job in the world.

Kyndl Bickers
Associate Pastor, Gateway Kids, Dallas Campus
Kyndl has a passion to raise up the next generation in the way they should go, so that when they are old, they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). She accepted Jesus into her heart at 6 years old and still remembers it like it was yesterday. Today she can see how God protected, shaped, and molded her life early on because of this decision. Each weekend she is reminded of her 6-year-old self, making the best, most important decision of her life, and desires for these littles to know Him at a young age too. From the babies in the womb to the pre-teen sixth grader, she has a passion for them to know how much their Father loves them. She has worked with children of all ages for over 10 years, serving in preschools, elementary schools, and on military bases. She is absolutely honored to serve in the house of God and overjoyed to serve you each weekend.