Meet the Staff


Mallory Bassham
Associate Senior Pastor
Mallory is passionate about reaching the younger generation. Having four fabulous kids and seven completely perfect grandchildren, she knows that it is through fun, laughter, and loving relationships that kids learn about Jesus. Mallory’s desire is to see kids taught biblical truths in creative ways so a great foundation of faith and trust is built. The Gateway Kids team does exactly that.

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.

Neal Seiwert
Associate Pastor, Gateway Kids, Frisco Campus
Neal has a passion to see every child reach their full potential. He loves fun, and loves to help create an environment that will engage the hearts of the kids to receive from God. To lead kids and serve families at Gateway is a dream come true. The best job in the world!

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.